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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:
Really misses the entertainment of the original. See more (18 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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Bronson's voice was originally provided by Angie Dickinson, who starred in Point Blank (1967), of which this film is a remake. But her voice was replaced with Sally Kellerman's for the DVD release.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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Movie Connections:
Edited from Payback (1999/I)See more »

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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13 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Really misses the entertainment of the original., 4 January 2009
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

What made the 1999 cut of the movie so great was its entertainment value. It was an incredibly fun movie to watch, with a cool fun style and soundtrack and some nice twists and turns to its story. All of that is basically gone in this version and its a much darker and serious one.

After production finished the Brian Helgeland was deemed too dark and not suitable for the mainstream public. A re-write got done and scene's got re-shot by a different director for the original theatrical release. 90% of the times that a studio decides to do this and changes a movie entire, it isn't for the best. Director's cuts are therefor often way better than the original released versions. However this time I have to say I agree with the studio. This version is a much poorer written and constructed one that lacks whit, charm and whatever more. The 1999 "Payback" was an original and fun movie to watch, "Payback: Straight Up - The Director's Cut" however is just one typical revenge flick that just isn't among the best the genre has to offer.

You could say that this movie is more of a thriller, while the original, even though it was more entertaining, was done much more film-noir style, that was also a more violent one as well.

What is surprisingly different as well in this movie are its characters. It's amazing what some editing, a visual- and musical style and different scene additions can do to a character. The main character is much darker and seems basically depressed all of the time. It just makes Mel Gibson less great to watch in this version. Also most of the other characters don't work out halve as effective. The whole Maria Bello story-line and character in particular don't work out at all and seem totally out of place.

The movie is just overall also often too slow and dull to watch. Some sequences drag on for too long and not everything in the flows well.

The movie story-wise actually isn't that much different from the original release, until its final 30 minutes or something. The movie its ending is a totally different one. I must say that the ending of this movie is just a much weaker one that besides comes far too sudden and isn't really very satisfying.

Lacks all of the whit, charm, originality and entertainment of the original version. As a director's cut this movie is nothing but a disappointment. Just watch the 1999 "Payback" instead.

6/10

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Rather bizarre, and not especially better [SPOILERS] defiant-10
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Darker? Reefshark
This is a sad, sad version of the first version! madcaplaughs-1
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