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Payback (I) (1999)

R  |   |  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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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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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,221,526 (USA) (5 February 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 in the back of the limo with his apartment exploding in the background, the door sill of the limo is visible showing that the door is open. But the next exterior shot shows all the doors closed. 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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Payback & Point Blank
16 September 2004 | by (Herefordshire, England) – See all my reviews

Yes - Payback & Point Blank (1967) are very similar. But there is a very good reason for that. Both films are based on the novel 'The Hunter' by Richard Stark, a pseudonym for Donald E Westlake.

The films share several character names such as Brewster, Carter, Stegman and Fairfax and similar plots. In both cases the anti-hero Porter (or Walker) is trying to recover a sum of money after being double-crossed.

Now, I am a huge fan of Point Blank. It takes a relatively simple plot and makes a bit of cinematic poetry out of it. And if I was forced to compare Lee Marvin and Mel Gibson's performances, then I'm sorry but Gibson would lose big time. However, Payback is a much better film than I thought it would be. There are sufficient differences to make the story interesting and though it is told in a much more straightforward and, dare I say, 'safe' way than Point Blank, it is a very well made film and tells a compelling story well. And it's nice to see Gibson return to a somewhat morally ambiguous character a la Mad Max.


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