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Point Blank

Lee Marvin , Angie Dickinson , John Boorman    Unrated   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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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
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic but still pretty good June 20 2003
Format:VHS Tape
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 be precise disapointment was one word and awe another. Watching Marvin as Walker a thief who plays himself as wanting no blood on his hands he charges through the criminal under world with an unmatched temper. Seeking out the friend who double crossed and the wife who became his lover. Playing off as a Parker character he does it great through the acting but the action is missing a few pages. As the cold blooded Walker he does not even kill anyone rather he just forces them around. Which did not settle well with me as a reader of the novels as stated above this lead to me believe that Hollywood wanted a movie which would not offend. It makes me beg the question of why produce is anyway. High caliber actors and a great assortment of characters dot this story of a man seeking his claims but why edit the violence from the novel? Making his character like a declawed kitten however he is they do however redeem themselves. Marvin walks into a bathroom ambush and walks out leaving two bleeding and injured hitmen behind. On top of that he managed to play the character to a near Gibson like... well if you can call it that standard. Boorman directed this and he did an okay job there are things which could have been improved. Stylish film noir does not quite fit this as a tag line rather it's more of a PI story laced with the criminal elements over the noir factors. Get Payback done better and with a more cold static feeling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Point Blank" research April 20 2001
Format:VHS Tape
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"). The character is named Parker, and the books are wonderful. "Point Blank" captures the characters' shark-like personality, he doesn't register your existence unless it affects the heist, or his appetites at the time. "Payback" is not even worth typing a sentence about. The Parker paperbacks are somewhat hard to find, but are worth the effort, find as many as you can. There is also a series of re-prints, titles have been changed.
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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
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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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
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best 'Parker' adaptation yet...
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... Read more
Published on March 25 2004
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 25 2001 by John R. Bridell
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. 14 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 2 2000 by Ian Muldoon
Forget the cookie-cutter reviews; 'A taut revenge thriller'; this is a hypnotic, stylish, beautifully acted, masterfully directed, sorely misunderstood neo-noir that deserves a... Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2000 by John David Felter
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