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Long Weekend (1979)

John Hargreaves , Briony Behets , Colin Eggleston  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Hargreaves, Briony Behets, Mike McEwen, Roy Day, Michael Aitkens
  • Directors: Colin Eggleston
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AQKV44
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,173 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Long Weekend" on IMDb

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Attempting to resurrect their failing marriage, Peter (John Hargreaves) and Marcia (Briony Behets) set out on a camping trip to a deserted stretch of the Australian coastline in the hope that a long weekend in the sunshine will help them patch their diffe

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Creepy September 14, 2005
I'm really pleased to see this film available at last on DVD, as it's a taut, surprising and effective thriller. The movie concerns a bickering husband and wife (the only two characters in the film), who decide to spend a weekend in the Australian countryside to see if they can patch up their marriage. They prepare themselves adequately for a weekend of roughing it, but find themselves unable to fight back against (or comprehend) an inexplicable bombardment of hate from the forces of nature!

The action in the film is cleverly staged, as the trip seems harmless enough to begin with, but cleverly, the couple's plight deepens very gradually. Actually, it's suggested in several key sequences that they are in fact to blame for nature's retaliation - they drop litter, kill and squash small creatures, even hit a kangaroo with their car. But the real reason for the apparent revenge taken by the wilderness surrounding them remains unclear right through until the end of the film.

But there are intriguing hints and clues. From the start, lots of small things seem slightly wrong, and as the couple prepare to depart for their holiday, news reports are heard of animals behaving oddly, which seems like a bad omen right away. I won't go into what actually happens to the two hapless leads, because, for one thing, when written on paper they sound pretty unimpressive. The film's strength is it's ability to make you uneasy at the seemingly random events unfolding, and to add a sinister undertone to the slightest odd occurence. Handled the wrong way, this story could have turned out completely flat, but director Colin Eggleston, together with the two leads, manage to build an atmosphere of superb, bewildering suspense.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LONG WEEKEND...CREEPS UP ON YOU! October 22, 2006
Long Weekend is an atmospheric "scary" movie from 1977. It was made in Australia and although it carries a PG rating there is some violence, adult themes, and nudity so mature viewing is recommended.

This is the kind of film that starts off so-so, gets you wondering "Where is this movie taking me?", and all of a sudden you're sucked in by the atmosphere of it and wondering, "How is this going to end?" The movie centers on a married couple (basically the only two characters in the movie) and their camping trip in the Outback to help get the stress out of their marriage. Their weekend does not evolve the way they planned.

It's all about the journey in watching this movie so don't let anyone spoil a single scene. By the halfway point when they're driving along the beach you'll be on the edge of your seat.

The DVD also contains a few extras including a decent commentary track that reveals a bit from the film-makers on how they delivered "the goods".

The closest thing I can compare it to from recent American cinema is The Blair Witch Project. That's the kind of horror and atmosphere you'll be getting with this movie. If you're looking for jump out of your seat screams, this isn't the movie for you. But, if you're the kind of person who enjoys a good creepy film that crawls up your spine...then I recommend Long Weekend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Litterbugs Beware!... May 7, 2009
Peter (John Hargreaves) and Marcia (Briony Behets) are having marriage difficulties. Well, ok, their marriage is nearly over. Peter drags Marcia on a camping trip to the (very isolated) Aussie seashore. Along the way, the troubled couple spend most of their time fighting (they have a secret) and abusing nature in the same callous way that they treat each other. Slowly, subtly, nature begins to exact retribution. Peter and Marcia are so busy hurting and blaming each other that they hardly notice the ever-growing menace around them. Like a tightening slipknot, the creatures close in. LONG WEEKEND has an inexplicable atmosphere of impending doom, like a coming disaster. It's not your typical "nature's revenge" movie (Frogs, Prophecy, etc.). In LW, the danger grows in proportion to what we learn about Peter and Marcia's true character and history. A classic...
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's not nice to fool Mother Nature October 25, 2006
(That's for you fellow kids of the 70s) Peter and Marcia (not the Brady kids) head to the beach for a weekend camping trip together. Their marriage is not all it could be and some time together might remedy that. Along the way, Peter litters, carelessly starts a fire with a discarded cigarette butt and shoots his gun indiscriminately. Paradoxically, he also stops his car when he inadvertently hits a kangaroo with his car (this is Australia), buries a beached sea lion and castigates Marcia after she destroys an eagle's egg. What to make of this Peter? It is not as though he is intentionally destructive; rather, he is simply very inconsiderate, acting without thinking of his consequences. He is also very selfish, as we find out through his interactions with Marcia. While she is still convalescing, he drags her along on this camping trip rather than staying at an inn as she had wanted. Then he rigs the car so she cannot drive it and forces her to stay much longer than she wants. Sound like an exciting movie? Actually even less so than that. As I watched this movie, the adjective `tedious' kept coming to mind. It isn't a bad movie, just not quite interesting enough to watch more than once. Rent first. This is a special edition DVD, with a great transfer from the negatives, very good 5.1 channel mix, director commentary and production photos. I wish they would have added English subtitles to the list because the Aussie accent is sometimes difficult to understand. Subtitles would have earned the DVD an extra half star.
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1.0 out of 5 stars OMG, don't litter!
Yes, yes, seagulls can smell that devilish, baby-killing blood coursing through your veins and they want to dive-bomb right into your jugular. Read more
Published on October 20, 2011 by Automated Message
5.0 out of 5 stars The original!
This was remade recently as Nature's Grave which almost goes line for line with this movie (Long Weekend). Read more
Published on February 28, 2011 by Gary D. Garvin
2.0 out of 5 stars A decent flick
I had high hopes for this after watching "not quite hollywood",but had my hopes dashed.for me it was boring,kinda creepy,but boring. Read more
Published on January 11, 2011 by JOE
3.0 out of 5 stars Long Weekend Movie
Well.. I can't say I loved the movie but I'm a huge "B" movie fan and this was just up my creek. The movie just needed a little more adventure. This wasn't really bad but.. Read more
Published on November 5, 2010 by Amazon Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars When Nature Turns
This is a fantastic entry in a category I would call Great Drive-In Movies. I heard about it in the documentary "Not Quite Hollywood" and I knew instantly it would appeal to a... Read more
Published on May 25, 2010 by Wayne Schenewerk
4.0 out of 5 stars Ozzie exploitation classic
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I would have never heard of this horror, suspense, grind house trip (it does not fit any ONE category), had it not been for the recent endorsement by Quentin... Read more
Published on March 13, 2010 by Chris Zee Shutterbug
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta see it...
An old school suspense flick. A must for fans that are not faint at heart.
Published on January 27, 2009 by Brett R. Pavlov
5.0 out of 5 stars a suspense masterpiece
Someone obviously had sense to release this on DVD. This is one of the top 10 films I've seen, in any genre. Read more
Published on July 30, 2006 by uncut76
4.0 out of 5 stars Long weekend is a forgotten classic
LONG WEEKEND was made during an Aussie film boom in the 1970's. SO many films came out around 1976-1978 that it's no surprise that some films can be overlooked down the... Read more
Published on October 28, 2005 by William
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