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Released 1972
Distributor National General Pictures

Director Michael Ritchie’s lurid crime tale finds hot buttons to push you didn’t know existed. Lee Marvin plays a mobster trying to collect a debt from meatpacking boss Gene Hackman who runs a human trafficking ring populated by female virgins who, while awaiting the auction block, bide their time in cattle pens (naked, no less). Despite the dicey material (including scenes of animal slaughter), the film opened to fairly positive reviews.  Ahh, the amazing ’70s! Notable as the first credited role for a frequently nude Sissy Spacek and a supporting turn from Gregory Walcott (Plan 9 From Outer Space)!

Here’s a smart essay on the Ritchie classic.

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About Josh Olson

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History Of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay. He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits. The ten-part audio drama Bronzeville which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (The Game) recently wrote and sold the feature spec Trigger Warning, which is being produced by Thunder Road. Josh is the host of Trailers From Hell's official podcast, The Movies That Made Me, available everywhere podcasts are streamed and downloaded!