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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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Kwame Amoaku ... Radioman (archive footage)

Justin Ashforth ... Michael The Bartender (archive footage)
Len Bajenski ... Fairfax Bodyguard #1 (archive footage)

Maria Bello ... Rosie (archive footage)
Kate Buddeke ... Counter Girl (archive footage)
Hugh Callaly ... Businessman (archive footage)
Roddy Chiong ... Chow's Thug #2 (archive footage)
Stephen Cinabro ... Val's Goon #2 (archive footage)

James Coburn ... Justin Fairfax (archive footage)

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

James Deuter ... Tailor (archive footage)

William Devane ... Carter (archive footage)

Bill Duke ... Det. Hicks (archive footage)
Tom Equin ... Razor Clean #1 (archive footage)

Mel Gibson ... Porter (archive footage)

John Glover ... Phil (archive footage)

Pat Healy ... Outfitter Goon (archive footage)
Brian Heinberg ... Bartender #2 (archive footage)

Gregg Henry ... Val Resnick (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)

Sally Kellerman ... Bronson (archive footage) (voice)
Robert Kim ... Chow's Courier (archive footage)

Kris Kristofferson ... Bronson
Robert Kurcz ... Oakwood Arms Manager (archive footage)
Johnny Lancaster ... Washroom Guy #2 (archive footage)

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

Turk Muller ... Black Suit (archive footage)

Chet Nichols ... Oakwood Arms Tough #1 (archive footage)

David Paymer ... Arthur Stegman (archive footage)

Roderick Peeples ... Workman (archive footage)
Yasen Peyankov ... Panhandler (archive footage)
Ed Pfeifer ... Ed Johnson (archive footage)

Katrina Phillips ... Teller (archive footage)

Andrew Rothenberg ... Backpack Man (archive footage)
Michael Skewes ... Fairfax Bodyguard #2 (archive footage)

Alex Skuby ... Oakwood Arms Tough #2 (archive footage)

Christian Stolte ... Val's Goon #1 (archive footage) (as Christian Stolti)
Daniel Patrick Sullivan ... Razor Clean #2 (archive footage)
Tedd Taskey ... Waiter (archive footage)

Manu Tupou ... Pawnbroker (archive footage)

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

Marc Vann ... Gray (archive footage)
Martin Yurek ... Washroom Guy #1 (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
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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USA:90 min
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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 and Val run their Nova into the Chows' car, although the cars have impacted and come to a dead stop, the reaction shot of Porter and Val shows buildings still moving past the side windows. Also, Porter's head has snapped forward all the way to the steering wheel before Val even reacts to the crash.See more »
[first lines]
Val Resnick:Oh, I bet you got a lot of questions rattling around in your head.
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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Blows theatrical away, 31 August 2007
Author: Dan Lovetere from United States

I think this was miles ahead of the theatrical cut. People probably knock it so much because of the "bond" they have established with the theatrical version over the years.

I having never seen either version, I unbiasedly watched Payback a few days ago. I liked it, but I didn't think the last act suited the movie at all. It felt not only tacked on, but it had a different tone and took the movie in a different direction that it should have gone. Gibson's character is a very destructive person, and I just couldn't see it ending so perfectly.

When I saw this version however, I thought it was not only a much better film, and suited the tone of the film much more, but it is also a better homage to the revenge-type films from the 70's.

This film had a very consistent musical score that was very pleasant to listen to throughout. It's the music that should have been. As much as I love Jimi Hendrix and BB King, they were out of place as you never really heard music like that in 70s revenge films. I liked the look of the film as well - the bleached, high contrast look. It was perfect for the gritty nature of this version.

It was also a much darker version. Mel Gibson is much harsher toward his wife when he comes home, and as hard as that is to watch, it feels more appropriate. He is justified in doing what he does. I felt she got off too easy in the theatrical cut.

People complain that they miss Gibson's humor in this version. I don't think the book its based on was ever meant to be humorous, nor were many 70s revenge films. There was a bit of humor in the director's cut, but it all stayed serious in the end, unlike the joke of an end in the theatrical cut.

There were a lot of bits missing here and there from both versions, none of which was really missed from this edit. I noticed that scenes were missing, but it added a bit more mystery to the plot.

The most important change to this cut is in the last act. In the theatrical cut, I found the last act to be very trite, light and out of place. For a movie that began very dark, it ended on a light note that didn't suit the film at all. The final act in this edit was more in line with the great endings of 70's style films. It kept building and building and building. You didn't quite know what was going to happen. It also has a very mysterious ending. You don't quite know what is going to happen and therefore it makes you think. The theatrical version was severely dumbed down. I guess they didn't want us to think.

This is the version that should have been released theatrically. It is the version that I will revisit in the future.

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