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Payback

Payback

Brian Helgeland (1998)

96min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The source material that provided Lee Marvin with an unforgettable role in John Boorman's critically acclaimed Point Blank (Donald E Westlake's The Hunter, written under the pseudonym Richard Stark) is here expertly recycled for the solid directing debut of LA Confidential writer Brian Helgeland. Mel Gibson stars as violent antihero Porter, a professional thief who seeks revenge when his wife and crime partner double-cross him during a hold-up of some Chinese gangsters and leave him for dead. Things get messy when his quest to retrieve his share of the loot puts him in contact with high-ranking crime bosses and bent cops. Helgeland handles the high-octane action with flair, intelligence and lethal doses of sardonic wit to deliver a cool-as-ice thriller with a very dark and violent centre.

Summary

A small-time crook is betrayed and left for dead by his wife and partner in crime. A year later, he returns seeking his share of their ill-gotten gains - but his former friend has gone up in the underworld and getting his due means taking on a powerful crime syndicate. Remake of 1967 thriller Point Blank, starring Mel Gibson, Kris Kristofferson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, James Coburn and Lucy Liu.

Cast & Crew

Porter Mel Gibson
Val Gregg Henry
Rosie Maria Bello
Stegman David Paymer
Detective Hicks Bill Duke
Lynn Deborah Kara Unger
Phil John Glover
Carter William Devane
Pearl Lucy Liu
Bronson Kris Kristofferson
Fairfax James Coburn
Director Brian Helgeland
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Bros Guidance: May be edited for violence, swearing and drug abuse. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

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