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Director:
Writers:
Alexander Jacobs (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
30 August 1967 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
There are two kinds of people in his up-tight world: his victims and his women. And sometimes you can't tell them apart.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Point Blank contains inspiring visuals, a haunting soundtrack and some stunning acting. Fabulous, groundbreaking cinema. See more (119 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lee Marvin ... Walker

Angie Dickinson ... Chris

Keenan Wynn ... Yost

Carroll O'Connor ... Brewster
Lloyd Bochner ... Frederick Carter

Michael Strong ... Stegman

John Vernon ... Mal Reese
Sharon Acker ... Lynne

James Sikking ... Hired Gun
Sandra Warner ... Waitress
Roberta Haynes ... Mrs. Carter

Kathleen Freeman ... First Citizen
Victor Creatore ... Carter's Man
Lawrence Hauben ... Car Salesman
Susan Holloway ... Girl Customer

Sid Haig ... 1st Penthouse Lobby Guard

Michael Bell ... 2nd Penthouse Lobby Guard
Priscilla Boyd ... Receptionist
John McMurtry ... Messenger
Ron Walters ... Young Man in Apartment
George Strattan ... Young Man in Apartment
Nicole Rogell ... Carter's Secretary
Rico Cattani ... Reese's Guard
Roland La Starza ... Reese's Guard (as Roland LaStarza)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lauren Bacall ... Herself - Actress in Film Clip from 'The Cobweb' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Casey Brandon ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jerry Catron ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bonnie Dewberry ... Dancer (uncredited)

Barbara Feldon ... Girl in TV commercial (uncredited)
Carey Foster ... Dancer (uncredited)

Bill Hickman ... Reese's Guard on Balcony (uncredited)

Chuck Hicks ... Guard (uncredited)

John Kerr ... Himself - Actor in Film Clip from 'The Cobweb' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dave Kujawski ... Fairfax (uncredited)
Karen Lee ... Waitress (uncredited)
Joseph Mell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Andrew Orapeza ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Conventioneer (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Spectator at Death Scene (uncredited)

Felix Silla ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Guy Way ... Bill - Brewster's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Ted White ... Football Player (uncredited)
Louis Whitehill ... Policeman (uncredited)
Roseann Williams ... Dancer (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Boorman 
 
Writing credits
Alexander Jacobs (screenplay) and
David Newhouse (screenplay) &
Rafe Newhouse (screenplay)

Donald E. Westlake (novel "The Hunter") (as Richard Stark)

Produced by
Judd Bernard .... producer
Robert Chartoff .... producer
Irwin Winkler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Johnny Mandel 
 
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Henry Berman 
 
Art Direction by
Albert Brenner 
George W. Davis 
 
Set Decoration by
F. Keogh Gleason  (as Keogh Gleason)
Henry Grace 
 
Costume Design by
Margo Weintz (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
John Truwe .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Edward Woehler .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Jennings .... assistant director
Mickey Lewis .... assistant director (uncredited)
Christopher Seitz .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... leadman (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Clint Althouse .... boom operator (uncredited)
Frank Antunez .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Larry Jost .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
J. McMillan Johnson .... special visual effects
 
Stunts
Boyd Cabeen .... stunt double (uncredited)
Jerry Catron .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hickman .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted White .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Virgil Apger .... still photographer (uncredited)
William N. Clark .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Cliff King .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lambert Marks .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Margo Weintz .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
William Stair .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Robert Armbruster .... conductor (uncredited)
Paul Beaver .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Ray Brown .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Billy Byers .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Billy Byers .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George 'Red' Callender .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano .... musician (uncredited)
Victor Feldman .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Mel Lewis .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Johnny Mandel .... conductor (uncredited)
Johnny Mandel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Red Mitchell .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Aaron Rochin .... music engineer (uncredited)
Bud Shank .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Ray Sherman .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Patricia Casey .... production associate
Rafe Newhouse .... assistant to producer
David Steen .... special photographs for production
Norman Stuart .... dialogue coach
Doris Grau .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Robert Sunderland .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
92 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Norway:18 | Norway:16 (cut) | Portugal:M/12 | Portugal:17 (original rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (tv rating) | UK:18 (online) (2009) | UK:15 (re-rating) (1998) | UK:18 (video rating) (1993) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #21489) (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
During a rehearsal taking place in the home of Lee Marvin, he hit John Vernon so hard that it made Vernon cry.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: While hiding out at Lynn's apartment after her death, Walker battles flashbacks and walks into an empty room and squats in the corner holding his head. The sound of his shoes clicking on the hardwood floor can be heard, although he is wearing only socks.See more »
Quotes:
Brewster:You're a very bad man, Walker, a very destructive man! Why do you run around doing things like this?
Walker:I want my money. I want my $93,000.
Brewster:$93,000? You threaten a financial structure like this for $93,000? No, Walker, I don't believe you. What do you really want?
Walker:I - I really want my money.
Brewster:Well, I'm not going to give you any money and nobody else is. Don't you understand that?
Walker:Who runs things?
Brewster:Carter and I run things. I run things.
Walker:What about Fairfax? Will he pay me?
Brewster:Fairfax is a man who signs checks.
Walker:No, cash.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dusty (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mighty Good TimesSee more »

FAQ

Is the 1999 Mel Gibson movie "Payback" a remake of the 1967 movie "Point Blank" with Lee Marvin ?
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82 out of 93 people found the following review useful.
Point Blank contains inspiring visuals, a haunting soundtrack and some stunning acting. Fabulous, groundbreaking cinema., 15 December 1998
Author: anonymous

In the wake of his Cannes Best Director award for The General, Boorman's stunning debut has been released with a new print. Unrelentingly downbeat, this stylish crime thriller made in 1967 seems to have fuelled virtually Elmore Leonard novel.

Steely, panther-like hitman Walker (marvellous Marvin) has been fitted up, shot at and had $93,0000 stolen from him all because of ex-pal Mal Reese (John Vernon). A tad upset he decides to resurrects himself, with the help of the shadowy Yost (Keenan Wynn) for revenge and his payment.

Boorman greets us with a five-minute sequence that is crammed with curious camera angles, fractured time-lines and carefully constructed compositions. We're bombarded by a montage of piercingly violent images blended together with fragments of a failed heist on Alcatraz Island and a pair of slugs ripping into Walker's body. We're only privy to these flash snippets of information, but they're still enough to help us empathise with Marvin's masterly obsessive.

A year or two later Walker is on a tourist boat trip to Alcatraz, being propositioned by Yost. The creepy Yost knows where Mal and his Walker ex-wife Lynne (Sharon Acker) are and is willing to reveal this to him, just as long as he receives some information on a shadowy body called "The Organisation". Walker simply nods. His dialogue is minimal, his obsession is reflected through his curt questions, his sudden movements, his eyes and the flashbacks that haunt him.

When he catches up with his cheating ex-wife he allows her to talk uninterrupted in a desperate, forlorn monotone - "He's gone. Cold. Moved out," she says. Walker barely takes it in, all that motivates him is the thought, "Somebody's gotta to pay."

While others flounder, Marvin appears impenetrable like one of Sergio Leone's cowboys. Only Clint Eastwood never conveyed this much emotion in his movements.

Boorman's seminal film preceded the spate of fabulous paranoia flicks that enriched 70s American cinema – The Conversation, The Parallax View, All The President's Men – where a shadowy "Organisation" pulls the nation's strings. Tarantino has since appropriated this organisation theme on a small-time level, plagarising the black suits and the unwavering professionalism of the violence. De Niro's ex-con in Jackie Brown is based on Marvin's Walker, as are countless other performances.

Even Angie Dickinson, playing Lynne's sister Chris, leaves him cold. In a remarkable scene she resorts to repeatedly slamming Walker's immovable slab of a chest. He remains impregnable, emotionally void. She keeps on punching until she finally collapses on the floor in a heap. They finally make love, only for the isolation, the loss of identity, to continue. Is he an avenging angel? Is he there at all?

"Hey, what's my last name?" asks a post-coital Chris. "What's my first name?" he deadpans, answering a question with another question. Always seeking answers, never providing them. No love left in him, only a need for payment.

Point Blank contains inspiring visuals, a haunting soundtrack and some stunning acting. Fabulous, groundbreaking cinema. --Ben Walsh

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