Long Weekend (1978)

Not Rated  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  29 March 1979 (USA)
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When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn't in an accommodating mood.



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Complete credited cast:
John Hargreaves ...
Briony Behets ...
Mike McEwen ...
Truck Driver
Roy Day ...
Old Man
Michael Aitkens ...
Sue Kiss von Soly ...
City girl


When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn't in an accommodating mood.

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Their crime was against nature...Nature found them guilty. [DVD Australia] See more »


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Release Date:

29 March 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dlugi weekend  »

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John Hargreaves received top / first billing, Briony Behets received second billing. See more »


There are a couple of shots of a Tasmanian Devil shortly after the couple arrive at the campsite. As the name suggests, Tassie Devils live only in Tasmania. Yet the beach/camping scenes were filmed in Bega, NSW, which is a long way away, and separated by a large stretch of ocean. See more »


Peter: I'm sorry if we got...
Marcia: Shh!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits appear over a shot of the wilderness vegetation growing around the harpoon impaling Marcia. See more »


Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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the most remarkable unsettling film ever.
24 October 2005 | by (France) – See all my reviews

If you get a chance to watch this movie, just do it! That's an order!!!

The leading couple is simply excellent. The natural setting, at first enchanting, becomes more and more frightening. The atmosphere couldn't get more gruesome. Only Australian films succeed in creating so much thrills. You'll never go to the beach the way you used to. Jaws made you terrified at the idea of getting wet, Long Weekend will convince you in staying comfortably at home on holidays. What is the fun of getting lost in nature like that, anyway?

The ecological message of the script, pretty obvious, never interferes with the suspense of the story. The main characters, evidently archetypes of the modern couple, are apparently doomed from the very beginning. However, the audience gets a weird masochistic pleasure in witnessing their nightmarish destiny.

Long Weekend is an unknown masterpiece that must be seen urgently. Please do!

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