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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
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Unusual, nasty, and somewhat heart-stopping Cold War thriller.
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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