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Point Blank

Lee Marvin , Angie Dickinson , John Boorman    Unrated   VHS Tape
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Walker (Lee Marvin) strides through Los Angeles with the steel-eyed stare of a stone-cold killer, or perhaps a ghost. Betrayed by his wife and best friend, who gun him down point-blank and leave him for dead after a successful heist, Walker blasts his way up the criminal food chain in a quest for revenge. Did he survive the shooting or return from the grave, or is it all a dying dream? The question is left in the air in John Boorman's modern film noir, a brutal revenge thriller based on Richard Stark's novel The Hunter (remade by Brian Helgeland as Payback), set in the impersonal concrete and steel canyons of Los Angeles and eerily empty cells of Alcatraz. Walker kills without remorse, guided by shadowy "informant" Keenan Wynn, whose own agenda is carefully concealed, and assisted by Angie Dickinson, as he desperately searches for someone, anyone, who can just give him his money. But if Walker is an extreme incarnation of the revenge-driven noir antihero, the modern syndicate has been transformed into a world of paper jungles and corporate businessmen, an alienating concept to the two-fisted, gun-wielding gangster. Boorman creates a hard, austere look for the film and fragments the story with flashes of painful memory, grafting the New Wave onto old genres with confidence and style. Haunting and brutal, Point Blank remains one of the most distinctive crime thrillers ever made. --Sean Axmaker

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By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
A terrific late 60s thriller. The story is very simple – a man (Lee Marvin) is betrayed by his wife and best friend who
shoot him and leave him for dead during a robbery they all commit together. Marvin spends the rest of the film
getting revenge, as well as trying to get his $93,000 back.

But where the story itself is simple, Boorman brings a dazzling array of stylistic conceits, many more normally at home in European art films
of the day, than in a Hollywood tough guy revenge story. Echoes of Godard, Bergman, Truffaut, and Antonioni - just to name a few – pull
one to look deeper into this story, the loose, sometimes confusing and elliptical structure leading us inside the character's alienation.

There have been many films starring the 'lone tough guy' but this is one about just how alone and lonely it is to be that guy, and how
pointless being an individualist can seem in a modern world, where even crime is run not by street-tough hoods, but by corporate types in
suits. "The Organization" here isn't the Mafia, but might well be any Fortune 500 company, and indeed the film acknowledges the darkly comic
absurdism of Marvin's quest for $93,000 from men to whom that kind of money is chump change.

In that sense it's a beautiful, dream-like study of the old ideal of the loner coming up against a modern world where the loner is no longer
the hero, or even the anti-hero. He's simply, sadly an anachronism.

The WB DVD transfer is pretty solid, but this film really screams out for a good blu-ray upgrade.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Payback time July 13 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Director: John Boorman
Format: Color
Studio: Warner Studios
Video Release Date: June 22, 1994
Cast:
Lee Marvin ... Walker
Angie Dickinson ... Chris
Keenan Wynn ... Yost
Carroll O'Connor ... Brewster
Lloyd Bochner ... Frederick Carter
Michael Strong ... Big John Stegman
John Vernon ... Mal Reese
Sharon Acker ... Lynne
James Sikking ... Hired Gun
Sandra Warner ... Waitress
Roberta Haynes ... Mrs. Carter
Kathleen Freeman ... First Citizen
Victor Creatore ... Carter's Man
Lawrence Hauben ... Car Salesman
Susan Holloway ... Girl Customer
Sid Haig ... 1st Penthouse Lobby Guard
Michael Bell ... 2nd Penthouse Lobby Guard
Priscilla Boyd ... Receptionist
John McMurtry ... Messenger
Ron Walters ... Young Man in Apartment
George Strattan ... Young Man in Apartment
Nicole Rogell ... Carter's Secretary
Rico Cattani ... Reese's Guard
Roland La Starza ... Reese's Guard
Bill Hickman ... Guard
Chuck Hicks ... Guard
John Kerr ... Stevie, Actor in televised movie
Joseph Mell ... Man
Andrew Orapeza ... Desk Clerk
Felix Silla ... Bellhop
Ted White ... Football Player
Louis Whitehill ... Policeman
Casey Brandon ... Dancer
Jerry Catron ... Man
Lauren Bacall ... Actress in televised movie
Karen Lee ... Waitress
Roseann Williams ... Dancer
Bonnie Dewberry ... Dancer
Carey Foster ... Dancer
Walker (Lee Marvin) took part in a heist which went sour. Double-crossed and shot by his partner Mal Reese (John Vernon), who also takes up with his wife, who thinks he is dead; Walker, however, survives and comes back for his ninety-three thousand dollar share, and vengeance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best 'Parker' adaptation yet... March 25 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This classic crime film from John Boorman needs no more description when it comes to plot, style and quality: what fans of the 'Parker' series of crime novels by Richard Stark (aka Donald E. Westlake, who incidentally screenwrote 'The Grifters') will want to know is whether it matches up to the books.
'Point Blank' is based on 'The Hunter', the first Parker novel, since then retitled as 'Point Blank' in its book incarnation. In the film Parker is called Walker (for no apparent reason) bud it faithfully played by Marvin, who is the best screen Parker so far encountered. Although the script takes considerable liberties with the novel's plot at times, this is the film that gets closest to the cold, methodical genius of the parker we know and love from the novels. Robert Duvall's Parker in 'The Outfit' was hampered with a motivation the literary
Parker would never have needed (vengeance after his brother is killed) while Peter Coyote's Parker in 'Slayground' is hamstrung by a plot that veers millions of miles away from the book, which was utterly absurd as 'Slayground' is one of the most visuallly kinetic novels I've ever read (and I've read a couple of thousand) and still cries out for a faithful film adaptation. Mel Gibson in 'Payback'?...say no more. MG is a buffoon who lacks the gravitas to come anywhere near the effectiveness of one of the minor characters in any Parker novel, let alone the greatest antihero of them all himself. Finally, De Niro comes close to Parker in 'heat' (in which he plays a similar character) but his downfall comes through sentimentality, something the emotionless workmanlike Parker of the novels would never allow to cloud his judgement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent Product, delivered as promised
Published 1 month ago by jo
2.0 out of 5 stars boring as all get out
maybe there's a good movie buried somewhere in here,but i couldn't get
far enough to find out.this thing just bored me to tears. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2010 by falcon
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic but still pretty good
Most people view this as being a classic however in my view it does not quite meet those standards. Having read the novels for such a long time and watching the action unfold to... Read more
Published on June 20 2003 by Joseph Ziehm
4.0 out of 5 stars The artsy vehicle
POINT BLANK is a worthy, simple gangster picture that tried to turn revenge into movie art. The artsy vehicle employed in this attempt was the flashback. Read more
Published on June 24 2001 by John R. Bridell
5.0 out of 5 stars "Point Blank" research
If you liked "Point Blank" then check out the books written by Richard Stark (actually Donald Westlake) who also wrote the Dortmunder books ("The Hot Rock"). Read more
Published on April 20 2001 by Marc Kroll
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for the Movie, NOT for the "Pan and Scan" Version
Do not EVEN think you have seen this film if you have only seen it in a "pan and scan" version. Read more
Published on April 13 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Revenge Thriller
Lee Marvin In a performance that catapulted him into the legion Of The Hollywood Action genre. Walker,(Marvin) is gunned down by his partner and walker's adultrous wife after a... Read more
Published on April 7 2001 by Gus Mauro
3.0 out of 5 stars Not All It's Hyped To Be
Sometimes film reviewers get caught up in their excitement over something new or something old. At the time of its 1967 release, Point Blank was very different. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2001 by Peter S. Lunde
5.0 out of 5 stars where's the dvd?
If there's currently a film that needs to be rescued from vhs obscurity and be granted widescreen anamorphic dvd rerelease before it's too late, it's this one! Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch revenge movie plus
Mr Marvin is at his best in this noirish movie. He has the best walk, the biggest gun, and a mind as sharp as a cut-throat razor. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2000 by Ian Muldoon
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