The Osterman Weekend
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A man discovers that his best friends are actually spies -- or are they? -- in this thriller based on Robert Ludlum's best-selling novel. John Tanner (Rutger Hauer) is the host of a television news show who once a year spends a long weekend with three of his best friends from college, Bernard Osterman (Craig T. Nelson), Joseph Cardone (Chris Sarandon), and Richard Tremayne (Dennis Hopper). Tanner is approached by Lawrence Fassett (John Hurt), a CIA agent who has evidence proving that his three pals are actually agents working with the Soviet Union. With Tanner's reluctant approval, his… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

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"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?"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Too bad this confusing, incoherent satirical espionage thriller turned out to be the swan song of Sam Peckinpah,who made so many good films (The Wild Bunch)."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Never been more current than it is now--and if it's imperfect, it's imperfect in exactly the right way."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Sam Peckinpah's final movie is stylish, has loads of nudity and other debauchery, and makes virtually no sense at all. Cheers!"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A wild ride into Cold War paranoia and the dangers of technocracy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Despite some script contrivances, it finds Peckinpah high in the saddle again and full of the same old thunder and lightning."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It rattles along well enough as a thriler of the political paranoia variety."
‑ David Wood, BBC.com
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Director Sam Peckinpah's final film is certainly not among his best, but it is interesting nonetheless."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A muddled thriller ... Peckinpah seems more interested in shooting laughable action sequences and exposing the bare breasts of his actresses than in relating a coherent story."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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