Payback: Straight Up

Payback: Straight Up

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Director: Brian Helgeland

Cast: Brian Helgeland, Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello

     
 

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In Payback, a crook named Porter (Mel Gibson) is pulled into a heist by his old friend, Val (Brian De Palma regular Gregg Henry). As they're stealing $130,000 in laundered drug money from Chinese Triads, no one is going to call the police. Everything goes smoothly until

Overview

In Payback, a crook named Porter (Mel Gibson) is pulled into a heist by his old friend, Val (Brian De Palma regular Gregg Henry). As they're stealing $130,000 in laundered drug money from Chinese Triads, no one is going to call the police. Everything goes smoothly until Porter's wife, Lynn (Deborah Kara Unger), shoots Porter in the back. After Val had shown Lynn a photo of Porter in the arms of another girl (Maria Bello), the two planned the double-cross together to pay off Val's mob debts so he could return to "The Syndicate." They didn't plan well enough, though, because five months later Porter's back, a complete sociopath who wants his $70,000. Brian Helgeland, the screenwriter for L.A. Confidential and Conspiracy Theory, makes his directing debut with this adaptation of the novel The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake writing under the pseudonym Richard Stark. The same novel served as the basis for John Boorman's Point Blank starring Lee Marvin.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2007
UPC:
0097360411621
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:30:00

Special Features

Commentary by writer / Director Brian Helgeland; Paybacks are a Bitch: On location in Chicago; Paybacks are a Bitch: On set in Los Angeles; Same story, different movie - Creating Paybaack: The Director's Cut; The Hunter: A conversation with author Donald E. Westlake

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Porter
Gregg Henry Val
Maria Bello Rosie
Deborah Kara Unger Lynn
David Paymer Stegman
Bill Duke Detective Hicks
Jack Conley Detective Leary
William Devane Carter
James Coburn Fairfax
John Glover Phil
Lucy Liu Pearl
Sally Kellerman Bronson

Technical Credits
Brian Helgeland Director,Screenwriter
Ericson Core Cinematographer
Mark Cotone Asst. Director
Bruce Davey Producer
Marion Dougherty Casting
Richard Hoover Production Designer
Stephen McEveety Executive Producer
Ha Nguyen Costumes/Costume Designer
Troy Sizemore Art Director
Scott Stambler Score Composer
Kevin Stitt Editor
Bob Stoker Special Effects Supervisor
Sandy Struth Set Decoration/Design

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2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This directors cut was a huge disappointment. Sucked everything that was fun about the original out of it.
Brian_Maitner More than 1 year ago
While I love the original, this "Director's Cut" is best avoided unless you are a fan of disappointment. Significant changes are made from the classic version, and all of them for the worse.
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