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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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Lloyd Bochner ...
Frederick Carter
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Stegman
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Mal Reese
Sharon Acker ...
Lynne
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Hired Gun
Sandra Warner ...
Waitress
Roberta Haynes ...
Mrs. Carter
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First Citizen
Victor Creatore ...
Carter's Man
Lawrence Hauben ...
Car Salesman
Susan Holloway ...
Girl Customer
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Based on the theme of the individual pitted against the large, impersonal organization. Here the central character is an old-fashioned loner of a gunman embroiled with a large-scale, corporate criminal operation behind a respectable-looking 'front'. Without delving into psychology or motivation, the film places emphasis on action and surface appearances, superbly capturing the glossy, depersonalized feel of a 1967 Los Angeles--a nightmare landscape of concrete, glass and coiling freeways. Written by alfiehitchie

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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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30 August 1967 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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This was the first major picture to film on location at Alcatraz Island after the closure of the federal prison in 1963. See more »

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When Walker goes to Lynn's apartment the array of magazines on her coffee table shifts wildly from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Walker: How bad does he want you, Chris?
Chris: Oh, I don't know. Who knows.
Walker: Yeah, you know. How bad?
Chris: Pretty bad, I guess.
Walker: Bad enough to let you through into the Huntley?
Chris: Why should I?
Walker: Well, it's up to you.
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Mighty Good Times
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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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