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Straight Time

Released 1978
Distributor Warner Bros.

Quartet, Dustin Hoffman’s well-received 2012 directing debut, wasn’t his first time behind the camera. In 1978 he began helming this gritty street drama but handed over the reins after a few days because, lacking video assist, he felt he couldn’t fairly judge his performance as an incorrigible ex-con on parole. An uncredited Michael Mann contributed to the screenplay. Screen debuts of Gary Busey, Theresa Russell and Kathy Bates.

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, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.