Peckinpah was said to have disliked the story and the script in this, his last film, which could account for the convoluted and confusing end result. Adding to the problem is the traditional difficulty of adapting Ludlum's complex psychological thrillers for the screen. The result: cast members seem to not quite "get it" as they portray a group of friends, one of whom has been convinced by the CIA that the others are all Soviet spies.
Criminally underrated. NWRdr4 at 2010-06-18 20:53:19
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.