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:
Juan Carlos Lozano ...
Spanish Max Payne
Max Payne (voice)
Michelle Payne (voice)
Antonio Fernández Muñoz ...
Spanish Vinnie Gognitti
Iñaki Alonso ...
Spanish Alfred Wooden / Angelo Punchinello
Alex Balder / Mercenary / Killer Suit (voice)
Jane Gennaro ...
Nicole Horne / Valhalla Project Computer (voice)
Enrique Santarén ...
Spanish Vladimir / Jack Lupino
Adam Grupper ...
B.B. / Policeman / Mercenary (voice)
Adolfo Pastor ...
Spanish Alex Balder
Jim Bravura / Boris Dime / Announcer (voice)
Fernando Luna ...
Spanish Joey Finito / Frankie Niagara
Joey Finito / Virgilio Finito / Mobster (voice) (as Tye Reign)
Joe Dalo ...
Vinnie Gognitti / Pilot / Chemist (voice) (as Joe Dallo)
Chelsea Altman ...
Kyra Silver (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) »


Something wicked this way comes... Max Payne at large. See more »


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Release Date:

24 July 2001 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Level Designer Marty Howe (who joined the project from Australia) is an avid John Woo fan; watching Woo's films and analyzed the timing, pacing, flow and choreography of the action sequences and replicated them in the video game. 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 »


Vinnie Gognitti: You - you can't just kill me in cold blood!
Max Payne: You just keep telling yourself that.
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Graphic Novel Models - Candy Dawn (as herself) See more »


References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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User Reviews

Outstanding, better than movies
1 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Definitely the best game ever. The plot is just brilliant, even better than most movies. One can really care about the title character, Max Payne, and be moved by the story. Outstanding graphics, awesome gameplay generates new style and new genre. I played this game so many times, I could play any level with my eyes closed and don't get hurt a bit, and I still enjoy it better than any other action game. What makes it even better is that Max is voiced by James McCaffrey - I believe Max Payne, both the game and the character, wouldn't have been the same without McCaffrey's incredible, dark voice. I'd suggest him to give up acting and start a new career in the PC games industry :)

I just can't wait for Max Payne 2!

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