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Robert Ludlum (novel)
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Release Date:
4 November 1983 (USA) See more »
From Robert Ludlum's Best Selling Novel See more »
The host of an investigative news show is convinced by the CIA that the friends he has invited to a... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rutger Hauer ... John Tanner

John Hurt ... Lawrence Fassett

Craig T. Nelson ... Bernard Osterman

Dennis Hopper ... Richard Tremayne

Chris Sarandon ... Joseph Cardone

Meg Foster ... Ali Tanner

Helen Shaver ... Virginia Tremayne

Cassie Yates ... Betty Cardone
Sandy McPeak ... Walter Stennings
Christopher Starr ... Steve Tanner

Burt Lancaster ... Maxwell Danforth
Cheryl Carter ... Marcia Heller
John Bryson ... Honeymoon Groom

Anne Haney ... Honeymoon Bride
Kristen Peckinpah ... Tremayne's Secretary
Marshall Ho'o ... Martial Arts Instructor

Jan Tríska ... Andrei Mikalovich

Hansford Rowe ... General Keever

Merete Van Kamp ... Zuna Brickman
Bruce A. Block ... Floor Manager (as Bruce Block)

Buddy Joe Hooker ... Kidnapper

Tim Thomerson ... Motorcycle Cop
Deborah Chiaramonte ... Nurse
Walter Kelley ... Agent #1
Brick Tilley ... Agent #2
Eddy Donno ... Agent #3

Den Surles ... Assailant
Janeen Davis ... Stage Manager #1
Bob Kensinger ... Stage Manager #2
Buckley Norris ... Technician (as Buckley F. Norris)
Gregory Joe Parr ... Helicopter Pilot
Don Shafer ... Helicopter Agent
Irene Gorman Wright ... Executive Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julie Wakefield ... Secretary (uncredited)

Jimmy Williams ... CIA Agent (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Peckinpah 
Writing credits
Robert Ludlum (novel)

Ian Masters (adaptation)

Alan Sharp (screenplay)

Produced by
Guy Collins .... executive producer
Peter S. Davis .... producer
Don Guest .... associate producer
Larry Jones .... executive producer
E.C. Monell .... associate producer
Michael T. Murphy .... executive producer (as Michael Timothy Murphy)
William N. Panzer .... producer
Marc W. Zavat .... executive producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
John Coquillon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Edward M. Abroms  (as Edward Abroms)
David Rawlins 
Casting by
Michael McLean 
Art Direction by
Robb Wilson King 
Set Decoration by
Keith Hein 
Makeup Department
Paul Abascal .... hair stylist
Shirley Padgett .... hair stylist
Robert Sidell .... makeup artist
Production Management
Don Guest .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rod Amateau .... second unit director
Laura Andrus .... first assistant director: second unit
Win Phelps .... first assistant director
Robert Rooy .... second assistant director
Art Department
Richard Baum .... set dresser
Nick F. Caprarelli .... assistant property master (as Nick Caprarelli)
Cheryl Cutler .... set dresser
Rick Cutler .... construction coordinator
J. Rae Fox .... set dresser (as Rae Fox)
Eva Giera .... assistant to art director
Eric A. Holst .... set dresser (as Eric Holst)
Douglas E. Madison .... property master (as Douglas Madison)
Louise Sharp .... set dresser
Frederick B. Van Brunt .... lead man (as Fred Van Brunt III)
Sound Department
David D. Caldwell .... sound editor (as David Caldwell)
Bayard Carey .... sound recordist
Carl Fischer .... boom operator (as Carl Alan Fischer)
Richard Bryce Goodman .... sound mixer
Russ Hill .... sound editor (as Russell Hill)
Alan Howarth .... electronic sound designer
Bruce Lacey .... sound editor
Anthony Magro .... sound editor
William L. McCaughey .... re-recording mixer
Mel Metcalfe .... re-recording mixer
Tally Paulos .... adr supervisor (as Tally J. Paulos)
Terry Porter .... re-recording mixer
Richard Raderman .... sound editor
Kevin Spears .... sound editor
David E. Stone .... sound editor (as David Stone)
James Troutman .... sound supervisor (as Jim Troutman)
Clancy T. Troutman .... sound designer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Peter Chesney .... special effects coordinator
Wayne Beauchamp .... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
Jarn Heil .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Rodd Matsui .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mark Wolf .... special props (uncredited)
Joanne Anderson .... stunts
Bobby Bass .... stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts
Carl Ciarfalio .... stunts
Steve M. Davison .... stunts
Justin De Rosa .... stunts
Donna Garrett .... stunts
Norman Howell .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunt coordinator
Steve Hulin .... stunts
Alan Oliney .... stunts
Rex Pierson .... stunts
Fred Waugh .... stunts
George P. Wilbur .... stunts
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts
Scott Wilder .... stunts
Spiro Razatos .... stunt player (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Benson .... camera operator (as Michael Benson)
Margot Blair .... electrician
Nathaniel James Dunn .... key grip (as Nathaniel Dunn)
Eugene Earle .... assistant camera
Don E. FauntLeRoy .... assistant camera (as Don Fauntleroy)
Carl Alan Fischer .... electrician
Jacques Haitkin .... cinematographer: second unit
Stephen King .... best boy
Julio Macat .... assistant camera
Dick McNartis .... assistant camera
Arthur Mele .... special photography
Roger Olkowski .... gaffer
Roger Sandler .... still photographer
Mike Ansbach .... camera operator: video segments (uncredited)
Wick Finch .... lighting consultant (uncredited)
Donald L. Hartley .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Michael Paris .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George L. Little .... key costumer (as George Little)
Bernadene C. Mann .... costumer
Priscilla Panzer .... assistant costumer
Editorial Department
Douglas Clark .... apprentice film editor
David H. Lloyd .... assistant editor (as David Lloyd)
Randy D. Thornton .... first assistant film editor
Location Management
Richard Davis Jr. .... location manager (as Richard Davis)
James Thompson .... location manager (as Jim Thompson)
Tom Lackey .... location scout (uncredited)
Beth Tate .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor
David Franco .... music supervisor
Rick Riccobono .... music mixer
Gary Stockdale .... electronic music assistant
Transportation Department
Michael McDuffee .... transportation captain
Richard Padgett .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Katie Carlson .... assistant to producers
Bonnie Engels .... assistant: Mr. Peckinpah
Susan Figueroa .... assistant: Mr. Peckinpah
Jeff Freedman .... promotion service
Susan Gelb .... computerized accounting system
Todd Grodnick .... video coordinator
Bob Kensinger .... production assistant (as Robert Kensinger)
Janeen Davis Magorien .... first aid
Susan Malerstein .... script supervisor
Dianne Mapp-Cheek .... assistant production coordinator (as Dianne Lisa Cheek)
Gene Margoluis .... producer's representative
David Mirsky .... promotional services
Karen Altman Morgenstern .... production coordinator (as Karen Altman)
Karen Morris .... assistant: Patricia Roedig
Cheryl Parker .... welfare worker
Debbie Pinthus .... production assistant
Judith Pritchard .... production coordinator
Pattee Roedig .... representative: Cine Guarantors (as Patricia Roedig)
Jeffrey Semel .... computer programmer
Anne Thompson .... unit publicist
Patrick Wachsberger .... distribution consultant
Robert Weatherwax .... animal trainer
Ray Zimmerman .... assistant production accountant
Helmut Dantine .... dedicatee
Andrea Rabb .... special thanks
Dan River .... special thanks
Andrew Wald .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Mission CIA" - Philippines (English title)
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103 min | USA:116 min (director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (2000) | Finland:K-18 (1983) | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Portugal:M/16 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2004) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) | USA:R (certificate #27156) | West Germany:16

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The production shoot for this film ran for fifty-four days.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Fasset's Wife:And you will be showing me how to live.
Lawrence Fassett:How do you know so much?
Fasset's Wife:I don't know so much. But I know you will be leaving me.
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45 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Ahead of its time - brilliant, entertaining, insightful, 17 May 2004
Author: Nick Faust ( from Evansville, Indiana

When this movie originally came out, five years after CONVOY (a muddled, but in many ways spectacular entertainment), many critics moaned that Peckinpah had yet again displayed his diminished talent. A Ludlum spy thriller, pulp material, given the Peckinpah stamp was not to be taken seriously, period. What nonsense. To begin with, all of Peckinpah's films spring from pulp, and all of them, even the least successful ones, buck and spin with the way Sam applies his vision to the genre conventions he's messing with.

In simple terms, a Peckinpah movie always illustrates the world according to Sam; like a novelist writing in first person, Sam's point of view is the movie's. And that's why they endure today. In THE OSTERMAN WEEKEND, Peckinpah focuses Ludlum's cold war spy antics into a exploration of urban paranoia and governmental abuse. Video as a means to manipulate perception is one of the themes he exploits here, but that's not his main thrust. A group of affluent characters come together for a weekend that turns into a surreal nightmare. The trappings of success that surround this group are not in any way secure enough to withstand the violent, reckless games played on them by a rouge CIA agent (played by John Hurt) who's motive is personal revenge. And that motive, the revenge that fuels his need, in actual fact, has absolutely nothing to do with the affluent group he's playing with. Like the gods in Greek tragedy, the Hurt character uses the Osterman Weekend and its players as pawns, stepping stones, as a way to get at his real goal, the head of the CIA. This notion obviously strikes a chord in Peckinpah; the vision is certainly domestic, but the idea is epic: in the privacy of our homes a kind of virus colors our perceptions and poisons friendships, creates anarchy, and causes death. And the virus - where does it come from? Our own back yard - the CIA.

The film is charged with a constant underlying tension that holds and holds until all hell breaks loose and the affluent house becomes a battle ground. Visually, the movie is stunning. But then, so was CONVOY, but this time Peckinpah has harnessed what he shows and what he wants to say in a simple, tightly wound spy thriller package, Watching the movie today, it's hard to believe that some of the notions that seemed more like the paranoiac mechanics of a potboiler in 1983 have actually come true and don't seem quite as far fetched. By all accounts, Sam Peckinpah was a terribly difficult man, but he was also a visionary film maker who's work gets better and better as the years pass. THE OSTERMAN WEEKEND is not the bad film critics at the time bitched about, and it's not the sad conclusion to a career that started out brimming with possibility. It's a splendid, brilliant - better than brilliant - work of American art by a true American artist: a giant. The world according to Sam is a world that will be looked at a hundred years from now; it will inspire debate, continual analysis, and be ranked with the major artist of the entire 20th century. By 1983,Peckinpah's health may have diminished, but as a film maker he was still powerful and strong as hell.

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