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.
Reviewed by queenmango for Cool Hand Luke at 2009-07-21 13:35:23
Best movie of all time??? Maybe for some. Ive heard it before. My pick for the best movie of all time? No. BUT...a magnifisent movie that shows how heary breakingly good Paul Newman is at acting. Yes. He is good looking but even if he was the ugliest man on the face of the earth I would name him the best male actor on this film alone. He grips you dramatic bones.
This is a rare case of a very misleading plot summary by the Hound. Duval's and Sutherland's characters are secondary at best. This is the story of a German officer (Caine) punished for defying SS officers rounding up Jews, who is offered a chance to redeem himself and his squad by taking on the mission of killing Churchill. It's a good yarn, nowhere near as good as Sturges' best, but deserves and accurate summary.
One of the Best Lucas films ever
Reviewed by lrademac07 for THX 1138 at 2008-04-14 13:36:03
I've seen THX1138 more times than I've seen Star Wars. I feel it is one of the best Lucas Films ever. Sometimes I wish Lucas should of expounded on this movie and made sequels or variations of it as he did the Star Wars Saga.
Remastered version looks amazing...
Reviewed by KHL for THX 1138 at 2008-03-24 16:30:34
I never saw the original THX before this version came out. Lucas did 'remake' some parts of it, ala the re-release of the original Star Wars Trilogy. Whether you agree with that or not, this movie looks and sounds amazing (see the interesting interview with the sound designer, evidence of what can be done with just the primitive equipment of 1971!) Lucas' version of the future, with mandatory state administered drugs, God as a spectral image in a phone booth, and all love outlawed. Duvall and Pleasence both deliver fine performances.