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Long Weekend (1978)

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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 ...
Peter
Briony Behets ...
Marcia
Mike McEwen ...
Truck Driver
Roy Day ...
Old Man
Michael Aitkens ...
Bartender
Sue Kiss von Soly ...
City girl
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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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Their crime was against nature...Nature found them guilty. [DVD Australia] See more »


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29 March 1979 (USA)  »

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Dlugi weekend  »

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Mike McEwen was cast as the truck driver (who appears at the gas station, then plays an important role in the finale) because he bore a resemblance to star John Hargreaves. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Peter: I'm sorry if we got...
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The closing credits appear over a shot of the wilderness vegetation growing around the harpoon impaling Marcia. 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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