Point Blank


The original Payback

With this, his 1967 US debut, John Boorman injected the stylistic quirks of the French New Wave into the world of the hard-bitten gangland thriller.

Lee Marvin, his wintry intensity never better used, returns to exact revenge and demand compensation from the mob bosses who left him to die.

Boorman brings an existential bleakness and depth to his genre material (adapted from Donald E. Westlake’s novel), and Marvin’s minimal dialogue enhances the impact of his performance.

Forget the thick-eared Mel Gibson remake Payback (1999) – this is the real lean, lyrical deal.

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