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Long Weekend
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Director:
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Everett De Roche (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 March 1979 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They are trespassers. Will they survive their LONG WEEKEND [Australia Theatrical] See more »
Plot:
When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn't in an accommodating mood. | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins See more »
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(51 articles)
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An all-time favorite See more (48 total) »

Cast

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John Hargreaves ... Peter
Briony Behets ... Marcia
Mike McEwen ... Truck Driver
Roy Day ... Old Man
Michael Aitkens ... Bartender
Sue Kiss von Soly ... City girl

Directed by
Colin Eggleston 
 
Writing credits
Everett De Roche (original screenplay)

Produced by
Richard Brennan .... executive producer
Colin Eggleston .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Carlos 
 
Cinematography by
Vincent Monton 
 
Film Editing by
Brian Kavanagh 
 
Production Design by
Lawrence Eastwood 
 
Costume Design by
Kevin Regan 
 
Production Management
Julie Monton .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Burstall .... first assistant director
Ross Hamilton .... second assistant director
Chris Maudson .... third assistant director
 
Sound Department
Peter Burgess .... sound editor
Phil Judd .... sound re-recording mixer
John Phillips .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Irving .... camera operator
David Parker .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Ken Sallows .... assistant film editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lynn Gailey .... production secretary
Bill Gooley .... laboratory liaison
Jan Tyrrell .... continuity
 

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97 min (original version)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The mysterious shadow near Peter (John Hargreaves) in the ocean was actually made by a crude structure of trash bags that was being pushed along through the water by Richard Brennen, who was submerged just beneath it.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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 »
Quotes:
Peter:I'm sorry if we got...
Marcia:Shh!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
An all-time favorite, 2 February 2012
Author: Justin Stokes from Cleburne, TX

A bickering couple decide to spend a long weekend at a secluded beach. Once there, the disrespect they show for their surroundings leads to nature taking it's revenge on them.

This is the epitome of Australian horror. Not only is it the best horror film to come from down under, but it's one of the best horror films, period. I first discovered this film back in the late 90's and was quite blown away by it. I love the nature strikes back sub-genre, but never had I found such films to be legitimately frightening. "Long Weekend", however, really got to me. I'm happy to say that it's still just as effective to this day.

The mood, the haunting score, the atmosphere of the beach and the overall sense of nature conspiring against the characters all makes for a remarkable amount of tension. I love this film for many of the same reasons that I love "The Blair Witch Project", though there are many differences between the two as well. What's more, the animals attacks never come off as fake. A scene where an eagle comes in search of it's egg is raw and eerie. There are no fake birds on wires or men in bear suits to be found here. Our two leads aren't very likable, but that doesn't keep the film from being an unsettling experience. You have to love the ending too, which brings things full circle.

A masterpiece of mood and tension, "Long Weekend" stands the test of time.

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