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 differences. They are a careless couple, littering the countryside with garbage, shooting guns and even driving away after wounding a kangaroo with their automobile. Their callous disregard for the environment soon becomes apparent when the animals start to seek vengeance. Marcia and Peter have proved themselves to be destroyers of nature. Will the animals allow them to leave or will they be destroyed?
Cast & Crew
- Awards & Accolades
- Best Film Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia 1978
- Best Actor Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia 1978
- Prize of the International Critics' Jury Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia 1978
- Special Jury Prize Festival Paris Cinema 1978
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There's something to be said of films from the 70's...although this was re-made in 2008, the remake didn't pack the punch of this original...With a strong look at indiscriminate killing, perhaps it was the time it was made in...the world was just starting to recognize ecology, with the very first Earth Day only a half dozen or so years prior, and the rawness in the emotions of the protagonists as they deal with the dual themes of divorce and abortion-- divorce only recently becoming socially acceptable and the U.S. Supreme Court abortion case being only 4 years earlier. Pretty heady stuff to contemplate, all against the beautiful backdrop of Australian wilderness and surf. Well-deserving of the awards it received.
This movie attempts to make a strong point but falls a bit short in my opinion. While the crimes against nature are definitely severe (and at times had me cringing) the "revenge" that is taken is hokey and bounces between mild to over the top. Taking into consideration the time period of the film, it holds up well enough and I'm probably being too critical. I am an animal lover though and some of the scenes were a bit too violent with not enough retribution. In the end, the perpetrators get what's coming to them but it could have been pulled off a lot more gracefully. Now I'm interested in seeing the remake.
Really better than it deserves to be, Long Weekend is still not good enough to be scary, and not bad enough to be funny. The real horror here is having to spend a weekend with these two stunningly unlikeable people. (One is neurotic, the other is just an ass.) The movie slogs through innumerable scenes of a couple fussing, flirting, littering, and killing marine mammals for the hell of it. There is a payoff, however, in an extended scene in the film's final 20 minutes where John Hargreaves is terrorized in the night by a whole library of animal sound effects. Oddly enough, this is much more effective than it sounds. Pun intended. I can't recommend it as much as I would, say, "Frogs", the 1972 Sam Elliot movie based on an identical premise, because that movie is so bad it's wonderful while this one is just good enough to keep it from being bad. If you have patience, you might like this one. If not, then you should probably leave nature-run-amok movies to The Birds.