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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

THE OSTERMAN WEEKEND (1983)

Maverick helmer Sam Peckinpah never recovered from the stillborn release of his masterful, BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA/‘74. His final releases are all worth a look, but directing is now just a habit (and an income source) he can’t drop. His last is this largely implausible, hopelessly confused CIA double-cross tale. Agent John Hurt takes revenge on boss Burt Lancaster by attacking man’s predilection for video voyeurism, personalized for us in this whopper of a tale by Rutger Hauer, Michael Sarandon, Craig T. Nelson & Dennis Hopper. There’s a nifty highway wreck sequence early on, but only Peckinpah’s misogyny remains fully functioning.

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