The Osterman Weekend


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John Hurt as Lawrence Fassett
Rutger Hauer as John Tanner
Dennis Hopper as Richard Tremayne
Burt Lancaster as Maxwell Danforth
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Reviewed by virek213 8 / 10

Peckinpah's last

After the utterly ridiculous good-ol'-boy trucker film CONVOY in 1978, Sam Peckinpah languished for five years before returning in 1983 with what would prove to be his final film--THE OSTERMAN WEEKEND, based on Robert Ludlum's maddeningly complex 1972 spy novel.

Despite the fact that it is often cold and sometimes confusing, this film's weakest moments are far superior to even the strongest moments of CONVOY. Rutger Hauer stars as a hard-hitting TV talk show host with a habit of skewering people inside the U.S. government. As this film opens, he is about to have a reunion with five friends of his from the good old days of 1960s radical college politics.

But then a CIA operative (John Hurt) drops a bombshell on him: Those friends of his (Craig T. Nelson, Dennis Hopper, Helen Shaver, Cassie Yates, Chris Sarandon) are supposedly traitors working for the Soviets in a scheme involving germ warfare sabotage. The result is that Hurt, with Hauer's reluctant acceptance, sets up surveillance equipment throughout Hauer's property to document further evidence of his friends' betrayal. When those people start coming unglued, however, more is at stake than just national security or the Cold War. So are peoples' lives!

Though Peckinpah was clearly on his last run while making it, THE OSTERMAN WEEKEND shows that he still could deliver the goods when it came to setting up great action sequences. The final shootout between Hurt's CIA underlings and Hauer and Nelson is edited in such a way as to resemble THE WILD BUNCH, while its actual filming suggests still another Peckinpah masterpiece, STRAW DOGS. Lalo Schifrin's score brilliantly accentuates things. Peckinpah, in depicting the head of the CIA (Burt Lancaster) as the heavy, also clearly makes a statement against America's heavy-handed approach toward Communism in the Reagan era.

All in all, despite its slight confusion, THE OSTERMAN WEEKEND works for those willing to give it a go.

Reviewed by Miyagis_Sweaty_wifebeater ([email protected]) 7 / 10

The films of Sam Peckinpah. The last hurrah.

The Osterman Weekend (1983) was Sam Peckinpah's last film. Years of drug abuse (alcohol, pills etc..) took a devastating toll on the legendary film maker. Desperate for work, he took an uncredited second unit directing job with his buddy Don Siegal's swan song JINXED. He finally got the chance to direct a movie when he was given the job to try and adapt the complex and layered espionage spy thriller The Osterman Weekend. Not pleased with trying to bring to life a novel he really didn't care for, he did the job (albiet with mixed results).

Tanner (Rutger Hauer) is a talking head newsman. He has an eclectic group of friends (Chris Sarandon, Dennis Hopper and Crag T. Nelson). One day, Tanner is approached by a rogue C.I.A. named Fassett (John Hurt) agent to "keep an eye" on Osterman (Craig T, Nelson) because of his ties with certain "red" double agents. But Tanner knows Osterman and doesn't believe that he would be a traitor to his country. After a couple of attempts on his life, Tanner doesn't know who to trust. Is Osterman the traitor that Fassett claims to be? Who's telling the truth?

Not the way I wanted to see Sam Peckinpah end his career but hey, you play with the hand life deals you. People have complained about how confusing the movie is (have you read the book?). Considering with what he had to work with, I say that he did a fairly decent job.

Recommended for Sam Peckinpah fans.

Reviewed by McStallen 3 / 10

Peckinpah's last film...and it's bad...but at least t's better than Convoy

This movie has a fine cast, a lot of suspense, and some very well-done scenes. But overall, it sucks.

Asnumerous viewers have already pointed out, it starts off fine but then gradually declines, and then really gets bad in the last half-hour or so. Far too much time is spent on the weekend antics (sex, drugs and mystery surrounding some angry and guarded people), and then the plot abruptly shifts and we learn of new motives and identities for many of the characters. There wasn't a good to lead-in to any of that, and then there's not a lot of time left to rectify everything, so Peckipah quickly throws a bunch of scenes together and we are left with a very unsatisfying, messy ending.

As the action speeds up, the title character ("Osterman" played by Craig T. Nelson of "Coach" fame) seems to transform from dark mystery figure to action-comedy actor, and he starts spouting lame one-liners that are very out of place.

Rutger Hauer is a bit out of place here as well. He's a good actor and he puts in a good effort, but I think he's just too much of an action-actor and too physically imposing to fit the role of smarmy expose TV-reporter.

Peckinpah has a habit of really repeating the same themes over-and-over again- whether it is the decline of the Wild West, the fusion of the north Mexican culture with that of the American Southwest, or climaxes featuring bloody altercations between a group of intoxicated tough-guys. Since this is based on a Robert Ludlum book, the themes are absent and it at least helps create a little more mystery.

If you like Peckinpah, you should see it, because this was his last film. It's interesting from that stand-point, but it's not a very good film.

Oh and "Convoy" is a fun film- but it's really bad too.

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