Point Blank (1967)

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After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker single-mindedly tries to retrieve the rather inconsequential sum of money that was stolen from him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lloyd Bochner ...
Frederick Carter
Mal Reese
Sharon Acker ...
Hired Gun
Sandra Warner ...
Roberta Haynes ...
Mrs. Carter
First Citizen
Victor Creatore ...
Carter's Man
Lawrence Hauben ...
Car Salesman
Susan Holloway ...
Girl Customer


Mal Reese is in a real bind - owing a good deal of money to his organized crime bosses - and gets his friend Walker to join him in a heist. It goes off without a hitch but when Reese realizes the take isn't as large as he had hoped, he kills Walker - or so he thinks. Some time later, Walker decides the time has come get his share of the money and starts with his ex-wife Lynne who took up with Reese after the shooting. That leads him on a trail - to his wife's sister Chris, to Reese himself, then onto Big Stegmam, then Frederick Carter and on and up the line of gangsters all in an effort to get money from people who simply won't acknowledge that he's owed anything. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


There are two kinds of people in his up-tight world: his victims and his women. And sometimes you can't tell them apart.


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Release Date:

30 August 1967 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The house where Walker meets Brewster is an actual house in the Hollywood Hills that was rented as a filming location. As of 2015, the property is still standing, and is owned by Drew Barrymore, who purchased the home in April of 2002 for $4,350,000. See more »


The wig worn by Lee Marvin's stunt double during the backstage fight at The Movie House is noticeably different than Marvin's hair. See more »


Chris: What's my last name?
Walker: What's my first name?
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Mighty Good Times
by Stu Gardner
sung by The Stu Gardner Trio
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Alienation at its best
15 February 2001 | by (Trivandrum, Kerala, India) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie when I was in college in the Seventies. I viewed the film again in 2001. The power of the film was the same on my senses. Several reasons come up: British Director John Boorman was at his best trying to outdo Don Siegel's The Killers (1967)-which also stars Marvin and Dickinson in somewhat similar roles. I will really be surprised if Boorman denies that he was not influenced by the Siegel movie.

Why did Point Blank make an impact on me? Was it Lee Marvin's raw machismo? No. It was Boorman, who gave cinema a brilliant essay on alienation. When Dickinson's Chris asks Marvin's Walker 'What's my last name?' after a bout of sex and gets a repartee 'What's my first name?' you can argue the alienation is embedded in the dialog. But Boorman's cinema includes the loud footsteps of a determined Walker on the soundtrack, somewhat like Godard in Alpahaville, contrasting bright wide open spaces for the exchange of money that goes according to plan and closed dimly lit confines of Alcatraz for those that go wrong. There is laconic humor without laughter, pumping bullets into an empty bed, guards who narrowly miss Marvin going up the lift, the car salesman's interest in an attractive customer than in his job, the sharpshooter's smug satisfaction not realizing that he has got the wrong man…The list is endless.

The camera-work of Philip Lathrop is inventive, but was it Lathrop or Boorman that made the visual appeal of the Panavision format of this film come alive?

Viewing the film in 2001, several points emerge. $93,000 was important to Walker, nothing more nothing less. But was it money he was after or was it the value of an agreement among thieves? The open ended finale runs parallel to the end of an Arthur Penn film (also on alienation)called "Night Moves" made some 10 years later. What surprises me is how a good movie like Point Blank never won an award or even an Oscar nomination.

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