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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:
Almost a different movie. 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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
During the DVD documentaries and commentaries included in this version of Payback, director Brian Helgeland states that he can now appreciate the theatrical, audience-friendly cut created from his movie. At the time he wrote and directed Payback, his commentary reveals that with the 1970's, gritty, crime-drama tableau, the unhappy ending was in keeping with the outcomes of so many of the popular films of that period.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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Almost a different movie., 12 April 2014
Author: Tehmeh from Finland

I liked the "original" cut of this film, but this was really something. Rarely do we see a cut where the last act is almost completely changed. Some characters are completely scrapped and whole new happenings take place. I believe this cut is more in line what director Helgeland originally had in mind.

This cut is a little more violent and straightforward. The confrontation with Porter and his wife is longer and better, but most of the differences are at the end. None of those convenient, Hollywoodish shenanigans that the theatrical cut had in the last act (which I didn't even mind that much, I like that cut too), but just plain old "from A to B" material with nice, gritty execution instead.

When you're a little over 60 minutes in, you'll see the change. It's a whole other movie from that point on. Gone is Mel Gibson's voice-over narration too.

I gave the theatrical version 8/10, and this one is just more satisfying and tonally intact, so 9/10 it is. A simple, unapologetic old-fashioned revenge thriller with plenty of action and just enough humor to make it stand out.

I'm happy to own the blu-ray which includes both versions. Certainly worth the price. If you like good old Mel's movies and haven't seen this, you should. Recommended for action lovers.

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This Was A Terrible Directors Cut bzldoremus
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Darker? Reefshark
This is a sad, sad version of the first version! madcaplaughs-1
A radically different version thekingofsting
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