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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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Did You Know?


Both actress Meg Foster and her son Christopher Starr appeared in the movie playing mother and son Ali Tanner and Steve Tanner respectively, Rutger Hauer's John Tanner being her husband and his father. To date [June 2013], this is the only film and TV credit for Starr. Director Sam Peckinpah had previously directed his father Ron Starr in Ride the High Country (1962). See more »


When Tanner is warning the others to get out of the camper, he writes "Get out now". Richard is reading it aloud as "Get out of the camper now". See more »


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Weak end to a legendary career.
3 August 2009 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

"The Osterman Weekend" emits the feeling of a last gasp. What was an author's second novel later took this form of a director's last film. Sam Peckinpah was a good choice for directing, with film's like "The Wild Bunch" and "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" under his belt, Peckinpah wouldn't hesitate to show the grim world of betrayal and manipulation that Robert Ludlum showed through virtually everyone of his books. With spy films like the James Bond franchise being the most popular, this was the lesser seem side of that coin - the side that is less escapist adventure storytelling for boys.

However, the problems that Sam Peckinpah was going through at his last stages have noticeably affected the film. The intricate plot is there, but feels stitched together in parts, though that may very well be due the studio demanding re-editing work. The action is at times sloppy with very little of the mesmerizing details of Peckinpah's previous action sequences; a car crash even contains multiple repeats of the same angle and makes some disastrous continuity. The other action scenes are a notch or two better, but still far from what they could have been.

But, at least the plot and its many deceptions keep you guessing, right to the last shot. --- 6/10

BsCDb Classification: 13+ --- violence, sexual content

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