Worthy of bearing Sam Peckinpah's legendary name.
The storyline is complex, though some call it convoluted. Either way, it makes you think. Some scenes do get a bit frustrating, and leave you wondering what is going on, but they always lead to satisfactory conclusions/explanations--"the ends justify the means."
The movie's action scenes often include repeated shots and odd camera angles, which make them seem almost surreal. I attribute this odd effect more to sloppy editing than I do ingenuity, but I think it's effective nonetheless.
In summation: The Osterman Weekend is an intelligent, competently-made thriller; not perfect by any means, but certainly undeserving of the negativity and neglect it's accumulated over the years.
This movie was made in the spirit of good fun, and benefits from not taking itself too seriously. As a result, it contains quite a bit of humor to go with the chills. McDowall is great to see, and Sarandon does a solid villain; really terrific casting here. If you want a fun time, and not just a hack-em-up job, give this one a try.
More than just another lame fantasy flick, PB will please romance fans, humor devotees, and wrestling aficionados alike. Gleaning great performances from all involved, PB should be in everyone's film collection.