A troubled NYPD cop is framed for murder and finds himself being hunted by the police, the mob, and a ruthless corporation.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Payne (voice)
Michelle Payne (voice)
Alex Balder / Mercenary / Killer Suit (voice)
Jane Gennaro ...
Nicole Horne / Valhalla Project Computer (voice)
Adam Grupper ...
B.B. / Policeman / Mercenary (voice)
Jim Bravura / Boris Dime / Announcer (voice)
Joey Finito / Virgilio Finito / Mobster (voice) (as Tye Reign)
Joe Dalo ...
Vinnie Gognitti / Pilot / Chemist (voice) (as Joe Dallo)
Chelsea Altman ...
Kyra Silver (voice)
Angelo Punchinello / Mobster (voice) (as Joe Ragno)
Joanie Ellen ...
Candy Dawn (voice)
Ricky Ashley ...
Captain Baseballbat-Boy (voice)
Victoria Pontecorvo ...
Bicycle Helmet-Girl (voice)
Rico Muerte / Transit / Joe Salem (voice)
John Randolph Jones ...
Alfred Woden / Butler (voice)


Max Payne, a cop in the NYPD, returns home one day to find his wife and baby daughter murdered at the hands of drug addicts, high on a designer drug called Valkyr. After 3 years of working on the case, Max and his best friend Alex go undercover to bust a V-deal. However, things go wrong: Alex is suddenly killed, and Max is framed for his murder. Hunted by the cops and driven by determination to avenge his family, Max Payne sets out to uncover the truths behind his family's murder. Written by Kerwin Tsang

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murder | framed | nypd | death | new york | See All (53) »


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24 July 2001 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The video game is influenced by the classic 1979 film "Mad Max". Max Payne is a policeman, whose wife Michelle and his baby daughter Rose are murdered and his best friend Alex is killed. See more »


The entire game takes place in the US, yet at least twice in the game we can see safety signs that say "no unauthorised persons beyond this point" (the common UK spelling of "unauthorized"). See more »


[Max is still hallucinating on Valkyr, and encounters the same note as before]
Max Payne: There was something disturbingly familiar about the note on the desk. The handwriting was all pretty curves.
Michelle Payne: [the note reads] You're in a computer game, Max.
Max Payne: The truth was like a green crack through my brain. Weapon statistics floating in the air, glimpsed out of the corner of my eye. the repetitious act of shooting, time slowing down to show off my moves. The paranoid feeling of someone controlling my every step. I ...
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, when you complete the game, the following text appears on the screen: Max Payne has only started his journey through the night. The pain has only just begun. More will follow. See more »


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8 May 2004 | by (Alberta) – See all my reviews

The year is 2001 the world trade centers are attacked and diney releases some crappy movies but what caught the eye of every video gamer was a small company called Remedy interactive that had just released Max Payne. Go ahead 2 years and my oddesy begins. After getting my Xbox and 2 two games to go with {among other things} for Christmas one of these games was Max Payne. When i first looked at the cover i thought hmmm... looks like your basic shoot em up tps. I was dead wrong. From the first moment of comic noir to every last bloody body MAx Payne is a modern masterpiece.

With its sharp graphics Noir storyline and Graphic novel comic to advance the story, and it is the very first game to implement bullet time. And before you say "heh they stole that from the matrix" The Matrix was released in 1999 Max payne was in development since 1996.{for a side note John Woo is the man who invented bullet time} Now for the story: Max Payne the average Nypd cop is having the time of his life hes young Married has a beautiful baby girl and has a well paying and fairly easy job. But dreams have a nasty habit of turning into nightmares when you're not looking. Max comes home one night to find his family murdered by Valkyre addicts the new street drug. Thrown into deep depression he vows to never let this happen again. He joins the DEA as an undercover agent joining the Punchenello mob. Then just as Max gets closer to shutting down the V trade he is framed for the murder of his fellow agent Alex. And to make things worse the mob now knows hes an undercover cop. So fighting both the Cops the Mafia and an evil corparation to boot he has his worked cut out for him..... There is also many great one liners in hear examples: "Vinnie Gotti the man I've bin killing to see"

"I put a few more bullets in his head to make sure he stayed that way"

The body count in the game though is ridiculously high not that it makes it worse {it makes it better} but i estimate that you kill over 500 people in this. So in closing if you like Third Person Shooters,Noir Films,Violence,Bullet time and one hell of a story check out Max Payne you wont regret it. {ps: cant get enough Payne? There a sequel out now called Max Payne 2: The fall of Max Payne check it out}

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