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The Osterman Weekend (1983)

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The host of an investigative news show is convinced by the CIA that the friends he has invited to a weekend in the country are engaged in a conspiracy that threatens national security in ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Tremayne
Joseph Cardone
Ali Tanner
Virginia Tremayne
Betty Cardone
Sandy McPeak ...
Walter Stennings
Christopher Starr ...
Steve Tanner
Maxwell Danforth
Cheryl Carter ...
Marcia Heller
John Bryson ...
Honeymoon Groom
Honeymoon Bride
Kristen Peckinpah ...
Tremayne's Secretary


The host of an investigative news show is convinced by the CIA that the friends he has invited to a weekend in the country are engaged in a conspiracy that threatens national security in this adaptation of the Robert Ludlum novel. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Release Date:

4 November 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Osterman-Weekend  »

Box Office


$6,500,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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This picture was the second film in the spy / espionage genre that director Sam Peckinpah directed. The first had been The Killer Elite (1975) about eight years earlier. See more »


American CIA agent Fassett states that Tanner will need to sign the Official Secrets Act. There is nothing termed the "Official Secrets Act" in the United States. The OSA is a term used in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and other Commonwealth states. See more »


Maxwell Danforth: Suppose I was to tell you that our enemies are capable of impairing rational thought, of dismantling our willingness to defend ourself, of dissociating whole societies from their value systems.
John Tanner: You mean they've got televisions.
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Unusual, nasty, and somewhat heart-stopping Cold War thriller.
10 June 2002 | by (Sauk City, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Unusual and somewhat heart-stopping Cold War thriller about a maverick CIA operative, Lawrence Fassett (John Hurt) who makes a weekend get-together that a laid-back talk show host, John Tanner (Rutger Hauer) and his family who are holding for his three friends (Craig T. Nelson, Dennis Hopper, and Chris Sarandon) and their wives a living h---.

"The Osterman Weekend", based on the novel by the late Robert Ludlum, which is adapted here by Alan Sharp, and marks the last film directed by Sam Peckinpah. Besides "The Wild Bunch", considered to be Peckinpah's best movie, "The Osterman Weekend" doesn't come close, but the film have some terrific moments that make your heart stop beating and the fine score composed by Lalo Schifrin (TV's Mission Impossible, Kelly's Heroes).

Hauer, who is playing a good guy for a change fairs quite well and deserves a little more credit, however; Nelson and especially Hurt quietly succeed in the stealing the show here. And what makes Fassett (Hurt) even more interesting is that he won't lose his cool in getting revenge for his wife's murder. The problem with the movie isn't the performances, it's the trouble of keeping the tension and let go to scary heights.

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