The Osterman Weekend [DVD]
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The film while not a classic has a few great set pieces especially the shoot out scenes filmed in typical Peckinpah style. It also boast a fine ensemble cast featuring Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster, John Hurt, Rutger Hauer and Chris Sarandon. But for me the stand out performance comes from Craig T Nelson of Poltergeist and The Incredibles fame who plays Bernie Osterman with particular skill. (A much underrated actor)
The extras are also quite good on this edition with a quite informative documentary on the making of the film and a rough cut of the film the way Sam Peckinpah wanted it before the producers took editorial control away from him.
All in all an interesting if flawed movie. A curios oddity but the saddest thing of all is this was the final film in the crazy filmography of the great Hollywood maverick SAM PECKINPAH!!!
The action scenes have The Peck stamp,though this film is nowhere near as violent as his great earlier works such as The Wild Bunch - 2 Disc Special Edition [DVD],Straw Dogs - Ultimate 40th Anniversary Edition [DVD] or Cross Of Iron (Digitally Restored) [DVD]  to name just three of many iconic classics that Peckinpah has fought his producers to bring to the screen HIS way.
The 2-disc set includes a 'First Cut' version favoured by the director where we can clearly see the differences between his take of the production and that of the men behind the money who wanted a return on their investment and wouldn't always allow a free hand for Peckinpah.
A superb commemorative set that's well worth a watch.
One of the things I remembered about this film was there was a lot of talking and very little action. Upon seeing it again, that is indeed not the case. While Peckinpah uses conversation to set up the story, it is not as long-winded and time consuming as I had perceived.
Rutger Hauer is John Tanner, who is what today would be called an "investigative journalist". He hosts a show called "Face to Face" on which he confronts his guests with the truth. Tanner is lured into a plot involving rogue CIA agent Lawrence Fassett, a plot in which Tanner is to think his three best friends are enemy agents.
John Hurt is very convincing as the crazed Fassett. Using Tanner as a pawn to get back at the CIA, and specifically Maxwell Danforth (Burt Lancaster)Hurt does a masterful job playing everyone off of each other, all due to the fact that the CIA had his wife murdered.
Hauer is also solid as Tanner. Faced with the danger of having 3 KGB agents in his house, and around his family, Tanner does what he can to protect them. The rest of the cast are strong, with Dennis Hopper, Craig T Nelson and Chris Sarandon as Tanner's buddies. Nelson stands out the most out of these 3, as Bernie Osterman.
Despite being on the downside of his career, Peckinpah once again gives us a timeless film. Using video surveillance as a backdrop, Peckinpah shows us how TV can be an addictive force in our lives.Read more ›
This is a nice multi-layered and multipurpose weekend. It is just possible that everyone gets what they want or need in the end; not only all the characters but the viewers as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i loved the Ludlum book and was quite interested in seeing the film. I feel this is a truly awful adaptation... Read morePublished 4 months ago
Interesting, tense story line, very well acted by the principal players.Published 7 months ago by neville stock
Clearly an amateur copy from a VHS version.
This the worst quality DVD I have ever purchased from Amazon, and for £14!!!!! Read more
Oysterman weekend is an interesting film
It might be slightly outdated with Soviets as the bad guys.
There is intrigue and there some nice action scenes. Read more