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Long Weekend (1978)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 29 March 1979 (USA)
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When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn't in an accommodating mood.


Colin Eggleston


Everett De Roche (original screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
John Hargreaves ... Peter
Briony Behets ... Marcia
Mike McEwen Mike McEwen ... Truckie
Roy Day Roy Day ... Old Fisherman
Michael Aitkens Michael Aitkens ... Barman
Sue Kiss von Soly Sue Kiss von Soly ... City Girl


When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn't in an accommodating mood.

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Their crime was against nature...Nature found them guilty. [DVD Australia] See more »


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Did You Know?


The tree that the harpoon gets impaled into, then later dies and decays throughout the climax, wasn't actually part of the forest at the filming location. It was cut and transported to the location for the shoot so that it could gradually be destroyed during the film. See more »


The films is set on mainland Australia, however a wild Tasmanian devil is depicted, which at the time of filming were only located on the island of Tasmania. See more »


Peter: Saw another car down the end of the beach, thought we had the place to ourselves. Look what's shitting you anyway?
Marcia: I told you I've got a splitting...
Peter: No I mean what's really shitting you
Marcia: I'm bored
Peter: Well christ whose bloody faults that get off your arse and do something instead of smoking cigarettes and reading dirty books, amuse yourself
Marcia: I wanted to go to Eildon remember
Peter: Oh alright then take the car and piss off, go on piss off
Marcia: Peter I'm not the type for crapping in the sunshine and yearning round ...
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits appear over a shot of the wilderness vegetation growing around the harpoon impaling Marcia. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK Region 2 DVD, released in 2006, is slightly cut with one known cut when Peter (John Hargreaves) is hit by the truck at the very end. Some of the actual head collision is removed and after the end credits have rolled, some of the sound on black screen has been faded swiftly out. See more »


Referenced in The Exterminator (1980) See more »

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the most intelligent animal aggression film
28 May 2002 | by lolo157See all my reviews

(Excuse the possible vocabulary or grammar mistakes, I am French)

The originality - and the force - of "Long week-end" is that it is an animal attack film... without animal attack. The two characters of the film commit a succession of little aggressions towards the Nature (with a great N), which will revenge herself, but never directly. Mentioning examples would reveal too much of the film. I will only say it is a real ambient movie, without action, but which distils a traumatic veiled anguish. The final is particularly perturbing and ironical. The term "unknown masterpiece" seems to be created for this film !

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Release Date:

29 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tasmania, Australia See more »


Box Office


AUD270,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dugong Films See more »
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Technical Specs



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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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