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Brian Helgeland (screenplay)
Donald E. Westlake (novel)
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Release Date:
10 April 2007 (USA) See more »
He's back with a vengeance.
Porter is shot by his wife and best friend and is left to die. When he survives he plots revenge. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Mel Gibson ... Porter (archive footage)

Gregg Henry ... Val Resnick (archive footage)

Maria Bello ... Rosie (archive footage)

David Paymer ... Arthur Stegman (archive footage)

Bill Duke ... Detective Hicks (archive footage)

Deborah Kara Unger ... Lynn Porter (archive footage)

John Glover ... Phil (archive footage)

William Devane ... Fred Carter (archive footage)

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

Jack Conley ... Detective Leary (archive footage)

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

Kwame Amoaku ... Radioman (archive footage)

Justin Ashforth ... Michael The Bartender (archive footage)
Len Bajenski ... Fairfax Bodyguard #1 (archive footage)
Kate Buddeke ... Counter Girl (archive footage)
Roddy Chiong ... Chow's Thug #2 (archive footage)

James Deuter ... Tailor (archive footage)
Tom Equin ... Razor Clean #1 (archive footage)
Brian Heinberg ... Bartender #2 (archive footage)
Alex Henteloff ... Varrick's Manager (archive footage)
Jeff Imada ... Chow's Bodyguard (archive footage)
Michael Park Ingram ... Chow's Thug #1 (archive footage) (as Michael Ingram)
Robert Kim ... Chow's Courier (archive footage)
Robert Kurcz ... Oakwood Arms Manager (archive footage)

Turk Muller ... Black Suit (archive footage)
Chet Nichols ... Oakwood Arms Tough #1 (archive footage)
Yasen Peyankov ... Panhandler (archive footage)
Ed Pfeifer ... Ed Johnson (archive footage)

Katrina Phillips ... Teller (archive footage)
Michael Skewes ... Fairfax Bodyguard #2 (archive footage)

Alex Skuby ... Oakwood Arms Tough #2 (archive footage)
Daniel Patrick Sullivan ... Razor Clean #2 (archive footage)

Tedd Taskey ... Waiter (archive footage)

Manu Tupou ... Pawnbroker (archive footage)

Marc Vann ... Gray (archive footage)

Christian Stolte ... Val's Goon #1 (archive footage) (as Christian Stolti)
Stephen Cinabro ... Val's Goon #2 (archive footage)

Hugh Callaly ... Businessman (archive footage)

Roderick Peeples ... Workman (archive footage)

Andrew Rothenberg ... Backpack Man (archive footage)
Debra L. Dado ... Sneaker Lady (archive footage)
Martin Yurek ... Washroom Guy #1 (archive footage)
Johnny Lancaster ... Washroom Guy #2 (archive footage)

Pat Healy ... Outfitter Goon (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kris Kristofferson ... Bronson

James Coburn ... Justin Fairfax (archive footage) (uncredited)

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)

Produced by
Bruce Davey .... producer
Stephen McEveety .... executive producer
Original Music by
Scott Stambler 
Cinematography by
Ericson Core 
Film Editing by
Kevin Stitt 
Production Design by
Richard Hoover 
Set Decoration by
Sandy Struth 
Costume Design by
Ha Nguyen 
Makeup Department
Matthew W. Mungle .... special prosthetics
Production Management
Jim Lemley .... unit production manager
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
Raymond W. Beal .... stunts
Angela Devita .... stunts
James Fierro .... stunts
Joe Gaspar .... stunts
Mic Rodgers .... stunt coordinator
Casting Department
Marion Dougherty .... casting
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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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Deborah Kara Unger broke two ribs in the scene where Mel Gibson beats her. She was stated that she was having fun flying around and getting slammed into things and did one too many.See more »
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 »
[first lines]
Val Resnick:Oh, I bet you got a lot of questions rattling around in your head.
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
An interesting "What if?", 15 March 2011
Author: Mr-Fusion from United States

I was as curious to see Helgeland's cut of "Payback" as the next guy. It was years before I even knew there were on-set complications, and I've been dying to see what he'd had in mind.

It certainly isn't better, but I can appreciate where he was going with this. The hardened noir angle is heightened, and the original's steely blue filter is gone - but so is the '70s revenge movie vibe, and in its place is something a little more generic. The new score certainly doesn't do the movie any favors. Gibson used to have a wry grin underneath the violence, and now it's just brutality. He's no longer someone to root for.

None of these are negatives towards "Straight Up"; just strong differences. These are two completely different movies, each offering its own flavor. As curiosities go, this is on the entertaining side, but I've always been partial to the sheer style of the original movie.


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Far better than the theatrical imo smb3264
Comparing the two cuts....a few spoilers flutter_bi2230
This is a sad, sad version of the first version! madcaplaughs-1
This Was A Terrible Directors Cut bzldoremus
nut shell of how the two films differ virtualprey
Rather bizarre, and not especially better [SPOILERS] defiant-10
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