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An outspoken television personality, John Tanner (Rutger Hauer) has an annual tradition of going away with three college buddies. However, when Tanner is informed that these friends -- Bernard Osterman (Craig T. Nelson), Richard Tremayne (Dennis Hopper) and Joseph Cardone (Chris Sarandon) -- are part of a Soviet spy network, it adds considerable conflict to their getaway, a tension heightened by an enigmatic spy named Lawrence Fassett (John Hurt), who has unclear motives.

Cast & Crew

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
Burt Lancaster
Maxwell Danforth
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Critic Reviews for The Osterman Weekend

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (11)

  • I don't demand that all movies make sense. I sometimes enjoy movies that make no sense whatsoever, if that's their intention. But a thriller is supposed to hold together in some sort of logical way, isn't it?

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Some individual sequences -- including a car chase early in the film - have the lunatic humor that might have made the rest of the film bearable, though probably nothing would justify the film's final blood bath.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The structure is a mess (the film was recut against Peckinpah's wishes), which ultimately makes it difficult to tell whether its oddly compelling qualities are the result of a coherent artistic strategy or the cynical carelessness of a director sidelined.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • It rattles along well enough as a thriler of the political paranoia variety.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • An absurdly slow pace and lazy character development make this an overwhelmingly long affair - one too plodding to be spiced up by Peckinpah's use of visual affronts.

    September 6, 2020 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…
  • A very forgettable set that detracts from both the original text and the career of such a distinguished filmmaker. [Full Review in Spanish]

    April 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Osterman Weekend

  • Feb 26, 2017
    The cast are great - particularly John Hurt - but they can't cover up an average story.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2012
    Somewhat confusing espionage thriller from the old days of the cold war and director legend Sam Peckinpah's final film. While the cast is great and delivers, the plot is a tad uneven in the first half but does get better once the weekend starts. Then things decently exciting and some of the characters finally grow on you. Then the film also benefits from the uncertain loyalties and comes up with a surprise or two, like a pretty strong female character. The bloody showdown, even though using a bit too much slow motion is pure Peckinpah. Overall the film suffers from its own logic, that just doesn't seem to fit together, despite of a pretty entertaining second half.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2012
    Far from the old days of glory when this filmmaker could shock, unbalance or move us. You could tell he wasn't really into the story at all, though I can't blame him for that, in the everything seems so futile and silly. The only good points are the ensemble cast and some of Bloody Sam's trademark slow motion action scenes. Unintriguing, forgettable.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2010
    Definitely falls under the category of one of the most under-appreciated and overlooked movies ever made. The film-making style alone is worthy of praise, Sam Peckinpah's early use of slow motion action sequences and sound is just so well done. Not to mention the flawless casting, Rutger Hauer has and always will be one of the greatest actors of all time. He makes any role feel incredibly human and at the same time captivating beyond belief. The story is so well played out, making for one of the best Soviet-Spy plots. There is one twist after another and even when you think you've figured it out it throws you another twist. All around this is just an incredible movie and definitely deserves more credit.
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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