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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Seven years after seeing his original vision butchered under studio interference as well as his star's, director Brian Helgeland finally was given the chance to piece together his director's cut under the name Payback: Straight Up. Along with reinstating the original third act, this version represents a return to the gritty world of '70s filmmaking that was the

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Seven years after seeing his original vision butchered under studio interference as well as his star's, director Brian Helgeland finally was given the chance to piece together his director's cut under the name Payback: Straight Up. Along with reinstating the original third act, this version represents a return to the gritty world of '70s filmmaking that was the groundwork of the production up until Paramount got cold feet and ordered extensive reshoots. The story centers on Porter (Mel Gibson), a thief that is pulled into a heist by his old friend, Val (Brian De Palma regular Gregg Henry), who plans a double cross with Porter's wife, Lynn (Deborah Kara Unger) after showing her a photo of her husband in the arms of another girl (Maria Bello). As they're stealing $130,000 in laundered drug money from Chinese Triads, Lynn shoots Porter in the back and speeds away with Val and money in tow. What they didn't know is that Porter would come back looking for his cut, which has been used to pay off Val's mob debts so he could return to "The Syndicate." Helgeland, the screenwriter for L.A. Confidential and Mystic River, made 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. This version excises Kris Kristofferson's performance entirely and features a new score by Scott Stambler.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2007
UPC:
0097361197845
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
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 Payback: 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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