The Osterman Weekend (1983)

Osterman Weekend, The (1983, USA) C-103m. ** D: Sam Peckinpah. Starring Rutger Hauer, John Hurt, Craig T. Nelson, Dennis Hopper, Chris Sarandon, Meg Foster, Cassie Yates, Burt Lancaster. Peckinpah's last film is middling spy thriller based on the book by Robert Ludlum. The Osterman weekend is a traditional get-together of several friends. This year, Hauer is forced by CIA agent Hurt to expose his friends as Soviet spies. From the beginning, there is tension to spare. Interesting subject matter, expectedly assured handling by Peckinpah (especially during the complicated bursts of violence), but film runs out of steam too often and remains dramatically pat. A slight disappointment. Score by Lalo Schifrin.


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