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The Osterman Weekend (1983)


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Commentary 1: Sam Peckinpah historians Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons, David Weddle and Nick Redman Rating:8.2/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on July 31st, 2015:Find all reviews by frankasu03
The preeminent Peckinpah scholars return to address Sam's last feature length film. They tackle both the production of "Osterman Weekend," and the circumstances of the director's condition in his final years. For critics who say Peckinpah's films were a collection of great scenes, movies at the tail end of his career add some credence. However, these scholars helpfully point out the action, as well as thematic elements, that mirror his very best work. They can all seem to agree that "Weekend" is a very flawed film, and take time to hammer out the many issues with it. The producers (a duo who would later deliver unto us the "Highlander" franchise) entry into mainstream filmmaking also gave Peckinpah a chance to bring in a major film "on time, and on budget." For those who have enjoyed these scholars on Sam's best work, rest assured, this is another quality track that complicates (and deepens) the appreciation of an American filmmaker. 9/10