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Director:
Writers:
Brian Helgeland (screenplay)
Donald E. Westlake (novel)
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Release Date:
10 April 2007 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He's back with a vengeance.
Plot:
Porter is shot by his wife and best friend and is left to die. When he survives he plots revenge. | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Still wish Maria Bello & Lucy Liu had bigger roles See more (19 total) »

Cast

 

Maria Bello ... Rosie (archive footage)
Hugh Callaly ... Businessman (archive footage)
Stephen Cinabro ... Val's Thug (archive footage)

James Coburn ... Justin Fairfax (archive footage)

Jack Conley ... Det. Leary (archive footage)
Debra L. Dado ... Sneaker Lady (archive footage)

William Devane ... Carter (archive footage)

Bill Duke ... Det. Hicks (archive footage)

Mel Gibson ... Porter (archive footage)

John Glover ... Phil (archive footage)

Gregg Henry ... Val Resnick (archive footage)

Sally Kellerman ... Mrs. Bronson (archive footage) (voice)

Lucy Liu ... Pearl (archive footage) (as Lucy Alexis Liu)

David Paymer ... Arthur Stegman (archive footage)

Roderick Peeples ... Hit Man on 'L' Platform (archive footage)

Christian Stolte ... Val's Thug (archive footage) (as Christian Stolti)

Deborah Kara Unger ... Lynn Porter (archive footage)
Richard Cotovsky ... Homeless man at end (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gene Kelly ... Bank patron (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sterling Wolfe ... Elevator hood (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian Helgeland 
 
Writing credits
Brian Helgeland (screenplay)

Donald E. Westlake (novel "The Hunter") (as Richard Stark)

Original Music by
Scott Stambler 
 
Film Editing by
Kevin Stitt 
 
Set Decoration by
Sandy Struth 
 
Makeup Department
Matthew W. Mungle .... special prosthetics
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Cotone .... first assistant director (as Mark Catone)
Jennifer D'Angelo Kircher .... second assistant director: second unit
Vince Duque .... dga trainee
Forrest L. Futrell .... first assistant director: second unit
Franklyn Gottbetter .... additional second assistant director: Chicago
Jayson Merrill .... second second assistant director: Chicago
Laura Nisbet .... second assistant director
Mic Rodgers .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
John K. Adams .... sound editor
Bobbi Banks .... dialogue editor (as Bobbie Banks)
Bill W. Benton .... sound re-recording mixer
Beth Bergeron .... dialogue editor
Keith Bilderbeck .... sound editor
Trip Brock .... dialogue editor
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Chandler .... sound editor
Gary Coppola .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephanie Flack .... dialogue editor
Cindy Jo Hinkleman .... assistant sound editor
Jon Johnson .... sound supervisor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer
Miguel Rivera .... sound editor
Solange S. Schwalbe .... dialogue editor (as Solange Schwalbe)
Bruce Stubblefield .... sound supervisor
Robert Troy .... dialogue editor
Ben Wilkins .... sound editor
Chris Winter .... assistant sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Michael Ahasay .... special effects technician: Chicago (as Mike Ahasay)
Blair Foord .... special effects technician (as Blair F. Foord)
Frank Krenmuller .... special effects technician: Chicago
Bob Stoker .... special effects supervisor
Mario Vanillo .... special effects technician
 
Stunts
Mic Rodgers .... stunt coordinator
 
Editorial Department
Bob Fernley .... digital intermediate producer
Brian Han .... digital intermediate production assistant
Natasha Leonnet .... digital film colorist
Jack Lewars .... digital intermediate colorist assist
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Stephen M. Rickert Jr. .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Arlene Fishbach .... music clearances
Gordon Goodwin .... conductor
Gordon Goodwin .... orchestrator
Jim Harrison .... supervising music editor
Wade Hubbard .... composer: additional music
Peter Rotter .... music contractor (as Peter Rodder)
Michael T. Ryan .... supervising music editor
Jeanette Surga .... music editor
Thomas Vicari .... music scoring mixer
Nick Vidar .... music programmer
 
Other crew
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Beth Unger Morrison .... script clearance
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Payback" - USA (short title)
"Payback: Straight Up - The Director's Cut" - USA (promotional title)
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Runtime:
USA:90 min
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Trivia:
Writer/director Brian Helgeland was working on the script for Payback in friend and mentor Richard Donner's office on the Warner Brothers lot during post-production on their previous collaboration, Conspiracy Theory. One day, Helgeland had gathered his script pages and was on his way home when Donner asked if he could go to the ADR stage where he was scheduled to have a session with star Mel Gibson and inform him that he would be late. When Helgeland arrived at the stage, Gibson inquired about the script pages under his arm. After reading the first act, Gibson expressed interest in the project, but Helgeland informed him that he really wanted to direct it. Gibson offered that if he liked the finished script, he would give him a shot. Upon completion, Helgeland sent Gibson the script, expecting him to pass. After a couple of weeks, Gibson called and asked, "Can you be ready to shoot in twelve weeks?"See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Porter sits on the sidewalk to wait for Rosie, the blue backpack is about a foot behind him. Although Porter later says "Backpack, backpack," and Rosie replies, "Got it," when Rosie first comes around the car, the backpack is nowhere to be seen.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Val Resnick:Oh, I bet you got a lot of questions rattling around in your head.
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FAQ

What are the differences between the director's cut and the theatrical version?
Why does this director's cut have its own IMDb page while the director's/extended/unrated cut of (insert movie title) only has one?
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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Still wish Maria Bello & Lucy Liu had bigger roles, 30 April 2007
Author: Michelle Roberts (michelle_roberts17@yahoo.com) from Edinburgh, Scotland

What I was hoping for in the director's cut of Payback is extended roles for Maria & Lucy. Lucy is absolutely hilarious in this film, with some great lines ("I need some satisfaction"), and her interaction with Porter ("I have a few minutes", "Go boil an egg") was just magnificent. There is some extension to the scene where Rosie & Porter meet up again, and she gets more of a part in the finale of the film. But Lucy definitely needed more of a role! Having watched both versions of Payback within the same day, I was shocked at how different they are. The original version of Payback is a lot darker, almost black & white in some parts, but this version keeps the colour. The beginning loses the opening of a doctor digging bullets out of Porter's back, and starts with him returning to the city, with no indication of a double-cross just yet until the flashback appears. It also appears to be cut together much better, and give the first few scenes a much quicker feeling. Porter no longer has a voice-over either. The scene with his wife is extended as well, leading to a more brutal confrontation, which leads more into him carrying her into the bedroom. Also, Porter the dog doesn't survive in this version. Big awww. The torture scenes are also cut from the film, and the boss's son who was originally going to get together with Rosie as his birthday present.

The finale is a load better, as in the old version, I did find myself getting bored, but the finale is more abrupt, and unexpected. Maria Bello gets a bigger role in the finale, although it does leave viewers hanging a bit, but I won't spoil it for anyone that hasn't seen it yet.

The only thing I'm gutted at is the low-class hooker, who Porter approaches when he's looking for Rosie, is completely cut from the film. Which is a shame, as she totally reminded me of the hooker from Pretty Woman that was Julia Robert's roommate. She's funny as well, despite the shortness of her scene.

Overall, I have to say I prefer the director's cut of Payback. Sometimes you find with some directors cuts, they tend to go a bit OTT, and keep in all the scenes which really weren't necessary, but this is well edited, and changing the finale was a really good idea. And seeing it in HD is well worth while too, if you can get your hands on it. I do like the idea of having it almost black & white, and I did miss it in this version. But it's well worth seeing if you want a different take on the film.

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