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Straw Dogs

Released 1971
Distributor Cinerama Releasing Corporation

Sam Peckinpah, banished from Warner Bros. after the commercial failures of The Wild Bunch and Ballad of Cable Hogue, headed for England and outraged his critics anew with this violent, highly controversial study in homicidal rage. Bookish mathematician Dustin Hoffman finds his inner Rambo when Cornish toughs assault his sexy wife, leading to a Shakespeareanly high body count.

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.