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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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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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4 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Das Osterman-Weekend  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$6,500,000 (USA)
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According to the February 1984 edition of Photoplay (UK), after this movie, Sam Peckinpah intended to make a western as his next picture. See more »

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When Tanner finds the fake dog head in the refrigerator, the refrigerator door is open and closed in alternate shots. See more »

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Bernard Osterman: The truth is just a lie that hasn't been found out.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bloodlust! (1994) See more »

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The Voyeur's Weekend
12 July 2010 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Peckinpah's swansong 'The Osterman Weekend' at first appears as a political thriller but gradually as the story gets more complex, the layers unfold as the surprise is gradually revealed. It may have a dated look mostly because of the technical props that are obsolete today. But, the main theme of the story is ahead of its time.

The movie is shot in a voyeuristic fashion. The viewer is given intimate glimpses into the lives of the characters, even during their private moments such as when they're having sex. At the same time, the editing could have been tighter had it not focused a little too much on the sex and drugs themes. Peckinpah does an excellent job in building tension and catching the viewer by surprise. The film gets a tad confusing but once the major twist is revealed, it's easy to get back on track.

All the actors, John Hurt, Rutger Hauer, Dennis Hopper, Helen Shaver, Cassie Yates and Chris Sarandon do a good job. Craig T. Nelson is adequate. His performance in the latter half suffers due to the poor lines he's given to deliver. Lalo Schifrin's score works. The action sequences may not look as sophisticated as they do in today's spy-thrillers but they're quite fun to watch.

Even though 'The Osterman Weekend' is confusing at times, it does work as a suspense thriller. It has its flaws but in my opinion, it is not half as bad as many have made it out to be.


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