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The Osterman Weekend (1983)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  14 October 1983 (USA)
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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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Bernard Osterman
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Joseph Cardone
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Ali Tanner
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Virginia Tremayne
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Betty Cardone
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Walter Stennings
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Steve Tanner
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Maxwell Danforth
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Marcia Heller
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Honeymoon Groom
Anne Haney ...
Honeymoon Bride
Kristen Peckinpah ...
Tremayne's Secretary
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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 this adaptation of the Robert Ludlum novel. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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friend | conspiracy | weekend | cia | dead man | See more »

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The one weekend of the year you won't want to miss. See more »


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14 October 1983 (USA)  »

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$6,500,000 (USA)
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Chris Sarandon's wife was pregnant throughout the filming of this movie. He said that the added tension provided his character with a little more depth. His wife gave birth shortly after filming wrapped. See more »

Goofs

In the kitchen scene after Ali and the Tanner son are kidnapped, Ali refers to the boy as 'Steve', which is supposed to be the character's name according to the closing credits. But the actor's real name is Christopher, and he is referred to as 'Christopher' or 'Chris' numerous times throughout the movie. Note that it may have been challenging for Meg Foster to remember to refer to him as 'Steve' since he is her real life son. See more »

Quotes

Lawrence Fassett: [the RV has just exploded, killing all four inside as Osterman and Tanner watch] And then there were two.
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Dreadful swansong for a once-great director.
10 February 2003 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

It was almost inevitable, given the up-and-down life of Sam Peckinpah, that his final film would be dreadful. Having put so much into classics like The Wild Bunch, Ride the High Country, Straw Dogs and Cross of Iron, his final few films were simple hack jobs made purely for money. He made the routine The Killer Elite; the weak Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia; but with The Osterman Weekend he finally hit rock bottom with the very worst movie of his illustrious career.

What's worst of all is that the plot sounds pretty good on paper. A TV presenter who has regular weekend parties with his friends learns that they may be Russian spies. A government agency persuades him to hold a party as usual, but with cameras planted everywhere to find out what they're up to. This being a Peckinpah film, needless to say the plan goes awry and all kinds of bloodthirsty mayhem ensues.

The cast is mouth watering. Rutger Hauer, Burt Lancaster, John Hurt, Dennis Hopper, Chris Sarandon and Craig T. Nelson all have big roles in the film. But what truly wrecks it is the terribly muddled and uninvolving script. What the hell is going on at the end of this movie? Who was up to what and why? Who was really spying on who? Were the good guys really the good guys, or not? The actors certainly don't seem able to tell and just amble by with a confused expression on their face; even Peckinpah the director seems unable to clarify it so he just sticks in one loud set piece after another in the hope that no-one will notice. In the end, The Osterman Weekend is a huge, disappointing mess and it marks a truly unworthy swansong for one of the finest directors of his time.


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