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Payback (I) (1999)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  5 February 1999 (USA)
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Porter is shot by his wife and best friend and is left to die. When he survives he plots revenge.

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Michael, Bartender #1
Len Bajenski ...
Fairfax Bodyguard #1
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Storyline

Porter is bad, but his neighbours are worse. Street-wise and tough, an ex-marine, he is betrayed by a one-time partner, and shot in the back by his junkie wife. He survives and returns, looking to recover his share from the robbery of an Asian crime gang. The money has passed into the hands of "the Outfit", a slick gangster organisation that runs the city. He has to make his way through a world populated by heroin dealers, prostitutes, sado-masochists, gunmen and crooked cops, a place where torture is a way of life. His only friend is a former employer, a prostitute, and her loyalty is in question, given she now works for the Outfit. He makes good early progress, but then falls into the hands of Fairfax, the crime boss. Written by Kwah-LeBaire

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Rated R for strong violence, language, and drug and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,181,026 (UK) (26 March 1999)

Gross:

$81,517,441 (USA) (9 July 1999)
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Director Brian Helgeland was fired from the film two days after he'd won his Academy Award for L.A.Confidential. See more »

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When Porter is tied to the chair towards the end of the movie and he is being beaten by Fairfax's thugs there are several shots from behind that show Porter's shoes are on and that his legs are not tied. When Bronson comes and starts to question him these same shots are shown. Before they hit him with the hammer his shoes have been removed and legs tied with no one ever doing this to him. See more »

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Porter: [voiceover] GSW: that's what the hospitals call it: gunshot wound. Doctor has to report it to the police. That makes it hard for guys in my line to get what I call, quality health care.
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Ain't That a Kick in the Head
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Dean Martin
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Payback - Great movie in the "film noir" genre
18 June 2005 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Payback directed by Brian Helgeland is a classic "film noir" following the tradition of urban "gangster movies" and Mel Gibson is giving an outstanding performance as Porter - the bad guy who is only slightly better than the rest of the gangsters, hoodlums, crooks and scoundrels to be met in the film.

"Payback" is a great movie in this genre. Donald E. Westlake, who has written the novel on which the film is based, has picked up the thread of Raymond Chandler and Dashiel Hammett to create an authentic universe with "real" characters, and Brian Helgeland has succeeded to bring this universe to the screen.

Everything about this movie is great - the storyboard, the cast, the direction and the soundtrack. This film bears resemblance to Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly" and if you have seen "the Maltese Falcon" starring Bogart, you should definitely see "Payback".


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