Point Blank

Point Blank

Lee Marvin
Director: John Boorman Cast: Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
, Angie Dickinson
Angie Dickinson
, Keenan Wynn
Keenan Wynn
John Boorman

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Overview

Based on Donald E. Westlake's novel The Hunter, John Boorman's gangster film hauntingly merges a generic revenge story with a European art cinema sensibility. In Alcatraz to divvy up the spoils from a robbery, thief Walker (Lee Marvin) is instead shot point blank by his double-crossing friend Mal Reese (John Vernon) and left to die while Reese takes off with Walker's wife Lynne (Sharon Acker) and his $93,000. Resurrected, the stone-faced Walker returns to Los Angeles a couple of years later to seek revenge on Mal with the help of the enigmatic Yost (Keenan Wynn) and Lynne's sister Chris (Angie Dickinson). Wanting little but his cash, Walker implacably penetrates Mal's lair and the hierarchy of the shady "Organization," registering no emotion about the string of murders left in his wake, as his thoughts repeatedly return to the past that brought him there. In his first American feature, Boorman transforms a stripped-down revenge plot into a surreal meditation on the gangster's spiritual demise, using flashbacks and startling shifts in setting to interweave Walker's fractured memories with his extraordinarily photographed odyssey through L.A. Marvin's chillingly stoic presence further hints at the ambiguities in Chris's observation that Walker "died at Alcatraz, all right." Brutal in the violence that it shows and suggests, Point Blank opened in the U.S. in the same period as Bonnie and Clyde, becoming one more testament to the genre-bending and ground-breaking possibilities of the nascent Hollywood New Wave. Although Point Blank was mostly overlooked in 1967, Boorman's visual adventurousness, and Marvin's amoral and apathetic antihero, have since made Point Blank seem one of the key films of the mid-late '60s, a precursor to revisionist experimentations from Martin Scorsese to Quentin Tarantino. It was remade as the 1999 Mel Gibson vehicle Payback.


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Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2014
UPC: 0883929409259
Original Release: 1967
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 18,660

Special Features

Commentary by director John Boorman and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh; Vintage featurettes The Rock Part 1 and The Rock Part 2; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lee Marvin Walker
Angie Dickinson Chris
Keenan Wynn Fairfax
Carroll O'Connor Brewster
John Vernon Mal Reese
Sharon Acker Lynne
Michael Strong Stegman
Lloyd Bochner Frederick Carter
James B. Sikking Hired Gun
Sandra Warner Waitress
Roberta Haynes Mrs. Carter
Kathleen Freeman 1st Citizen
Victor Creatore Carter's Man
Lawrence Hauben Car Salesman
Susan Holloway Customer
Sid Haig Guard
Michael Patrick Bell Penthouse Lobby Guard
Priscilla Boyd Receptionist
Ron Walters Roommates
Rico Cattani Guard
Carey Foster Dancer
Lou Whitehill Policeman
Joseph Mell Man
Ted White Football Player
Karen Lee Waitress
Bill Hickman Guard
Chuck Hicks Guard
Felix Silla Bellhop

Technical Credits
John Boorman Director
Virgil Beck Special Effects
Henry Berman Editor
Judd Bernard Producer
Albert Brenner Art Director
Robert Chartoff Producer
George W. Davis Art Director
Stu Gardner Songwriter
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Alexander Jacobs Screenwriter
Al Jennings Asst. Director
J. McMillan Johnson Special Effects
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Johnny Mandel Score Composer
Franklin E. Milton Sound/Sound Designer
Rafe Newhouse Screenwriter
David Newhouse Screenwriter
John Truwe Makeup
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Margo Weintz Costumes/Costume Designer

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