The Osterman Weekend
The Osterman Weekend (1983)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 21, 1983
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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?

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Emanuel Levy

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).

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Never been more current than it is now--and if it's imperfect, it's imperfect in exactly the right way.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A wild ride into Cold War paranoia and the dangers of technocracy.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Despite some script contrivances, it finds Peckinpah high in the saddle again and full of the same old thunder and lightning.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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TV Guide

Director Sam Peckinpah's final film is certainly not among his best, but it is interesting nonetheless.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
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… More
Michael S
A flawed classic.
Pierluigi Puccini
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… More
Marcus Woolcott
The cast are great - particularly John Hurt - but they can't cover up an average story.
Conner Rainwater
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… More
Sean Scobie
How much do you know about your friends? A secret agent uses a reporters curiosity against him in an attempt to uncover a spy among his friends. Makes you think… More