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The Osterman Weekend (1983)

In this adaptation of the 'Robert Ludlum' (q.v) novel, the host of an investigative news programme has been convinced by the C.I.A. that the friends and associates he's invited to weekend ... See full summary »

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Virginia Tremayne
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Walter Stennings
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In this adaptation of the 'Robert Ludlum' (q.v) novel, the host of an investigative news programme has been convinced by the C.I.A. that the friends and associates he's invited to weekend with him in the country, are actually engaged in a nefarious conspiracy which threatens national security, Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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It will be a weekend to remember...if they survive it! See more »

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4 November 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Osterman-Weekend  »

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Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$301,129 (USA) (23 October 1983)

Gross:

$6,486,797 (USA)
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According to the documentary Alpha to Omega: Exposing 'The Osterman Weekend' (2004), Sam Peckinpah hated Robert Ludlum's novel, and he did not like the screenplay for the movie either. But regardless of his dislike for the book, Peckinpah still accepted the director's job, as he was desperate to re-establish his legendary director position within the Hollywood film community. See more »

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During the closing credits we can see that the soundtrack is released by a label that goes under the name of Varese Saraband. The name of the label is actually Varese Sarabande, with an e in the end of the second name. See more »

Quotes

Fasset's Wife: And you will be showing me how to live.
Lawrence Fassett: How do you know so much?
Fasset's Wife: I don't know so much. But I know you will be leaving me.
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Only watch it on TV if you have 90 minutes going spare!
14 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Robert Ludlum book of the same name is excellent, very tense and very well written. I waited ages for this film to come along at the right price (25p off ebay, ha ha), but how disappointed I was when I finally saw it. Maybe it wouldn't be a bad film if it wasn't based on a book, but it is, and a great book at that. Therefore, I have to compare the film with the original as the two can't be separated. Relative to the book, the film is, frankly, rubbish I'm sorry to say. I had such high expectations, but the film bore such little resemblance to the book that had I not known it was called "The Osterman Weekend", I would never have guessed that it was based on the book of the same name.

I gave this film 5/10 simply because I made it through to the end (and Rutger Hauer and John Hurt have done some great stuff), but it was more out of morbid curiosity as to how much more they could butcher the book than for any entertainment value. This was a film that was a product of its time (replete with cheesy music and bad acting) and it hasn't aged well. I'm glad I bought it for 25p because any more and I would've considered it a waste of money.

If it comes up on TV and you have 90 minutes burning a hole in your life, watch it - it isn't dreadful, but it's certainly not great. If you've read the book and are hoping to see it brought to life, or think that you're about to watch another Sam Peckinpah classic, give it a miss, it really isn't worth it.


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