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The host of an investigative news show is convinced by the CIA that the friends he has invited to a weekend in the country are engaged in a conspiracy that threatens national security in ... See full summary »

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Bernard Osterman
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Joseph Cardone
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Ali Tanner
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Virginia Tremayne
Cassie Yates ...
Betty Cardone
Sandy McPeak ...
Walter Stennings
Christopher Starr ...
Steve Tanner
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Maxwell Danforth
Cheryl Carter ...
Marcia Heller
John Bryson ...
Honeymoon Groom
Anne Haney ...
Honeymoon Bride
Kristen Peckinpah ...
Tremayne's Secretary
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Storyline

The host of an investigative news show is convinced by the CIA that the friends he has invited to a weekend in the country are engaged in a conspiracy that threatens national security in this adaptation of the Robert Ludlum novel. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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14 October 1983 (USA)  »

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Das Osterman-Weekend  »

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$6,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The film marked some story element similarities with director Sam Peckinpah's earlier film Straw Dogs (1971). Peckinpah once said: "Same thing. Here we have a dead dog in the refrigerator, in Straw Dogs (1971) there was a dead cat in the closet. Both involve a house under siege". See more »

Goofs

In the kitchen scene after Ali and the Tanner son are kidnapped, Ali refers to the boy as 'Steve', which is supposed to be the character's name according to the closing credits. But the actor's real name is Christopher, and he is referred to as 'Christopher' or 'Chris' numerous times throughout the movie. Note that it may have been challenging for Meg Foster to remember to refer to him as 'Steve' since he is her real life son. See more »

Quotes

John Tanner: What you've just witnessed is, in many ways, a life-sized video game. You saw a liar talk to a killer and you couldn't tell them apart. But hey, it's only television. As you may know, television programs are just the filler between attempts to steal your money. So if you want to save some, turn me off. It's a simple movement, done with the hand and what is left of your free will. The moment is now. My bet is you can't do it. But go ahead and try.
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John Tanner: Am I still on?
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for all it's faults, a worthy swansong from a great talent.
25 March 2002 | by (manchester, england) – See all my reviews

as a devoted fan of sam peckinpah, i absolutely adore this movie which i admit has obviously sufferred along with much of his earlier work from interference regards the powers that be. sam was constantly at odds with his producers who he always claimed had butchered his efforts and it's sad but at least a blessing that only after his demise; some of his prestige work is now available in versions which are closer to what he originally intended. after a five year hiatus, he was given the opportunity to make his first feature film following the bad publicity regards 'convoy' and it's this undeniably flawed, confusing but powerful film which sadly turned out to be his last. expertly scripted by a brilliant scottish screenwriter named alan sharp who also penned 'rob roy', 'night moves', 'billy two hats' and 'ulzana's raid'; this is a marvellously watchable if far fetched tale of 'cloak & dagger' conspiracies involving a host of impressive acting. recommended.


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