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Director:
Writers:
Alexander Jacobs (screenplay) and
David Newhouse (screenplay) ...
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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 »
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(430 articles)
User Reviews:
"I want my $93,000!" See more (120 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)

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 | France:U | 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:
This was the first major picture to film on location at Alcatraz Island after the closure of the federal prison in 1963.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:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Paybacks Are a Bitch (2007) (V)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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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
"I want my $93,000!", 9 February 2007
Author: Camera Obscura from The Dutch Mountains

Love it, great film.

For one thing, POINT BLANK, directed by British director John Boorman, has all the good looks of the various movements of the European New Wave, but walks the walk and talks the talk of an American thriller, and I mean that as a good thing. Boorman's brilliantly composed combination of European artfulness with film-noir elements make for an exceptionally rich and multi-layered crime thriller.

Lee Marvin, in typically emotionless fashion, is the remorseless Walker who, after pulling off a successful heist from the mob, is double-crossed, shot and left for dead in the now abandoned Alcatraz prison by his wife (Sharon Acker) and his partner-in-crime (John Vernon). Walker survives, escapes and moves to LA, where he kills his way up the ladder of a vaguely defined organized crime syndicate called "The Organization", hardly distinguishable from a legitimate cooperate business, in order to get his $93,000, occasionally aided by his sister, Chris (a great Angie Dickinson), who seems to know Walker's targets pretty well.

Philip Wisethrop's widescreen compositions are absolutely stunning. One of the most impressive scenes is when Walker is fighting two hoods in a nightclub, against a swirling psychedelic backdrop, to the strains of the R&B houseband, with its black singer hysterically shouting letting the mostly white clientèle shout with him in his microphone. But every scene is a marvel to watch, with every detail painstakingly composed without getting stiff or forced in any way. Even the car windows are almost unrealistically spotless, in order to film Walker through the glass with the reflections of the city on his face.

The film is packed with all kinds of surreal surroundings and lots of flashbacks concerning Walker's past. Boorman's games with narrative time, with extensive use of echoing flashbacks and jump-cuts, are the perfect reflection of Walker's dream-like struggle for justice, He's the typical tragic (noir)-hero, in a perpetual struggle to grasp what happened to him. He desperately tries to comprehend the situation he's in, but hasn't got a clue who's who and his outdated moral codes make him seem an even bigger anomaly in the modern corporate world he works his way into.

Whether this is all actually happening or it's all a mind-spin inside Walker's head is impossible to say. Best to enjoy the ride in this true genre classic, definitely one of the best American thrillers of the '60s. If you get the chance, watch it together with Melville's LE SAMOURAI (1967) and Seijun Suzuki's BRANDED TO KILL (1967), in many ways its French and Japanese counterparts.

Camera Obscura --- 9/10

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