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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. | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Seventy grand, I want it back. See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (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 .... re-recording mixer
Beth Bergeron .... dialogue editor
Keith Bilderbeck .... sound editor
Trip Brock .... dialogue editor
Chris Carpenter .... re-recording mixer
Michael Chandler .... sound editor
Gary Coppola .... re-recording mixer
Stephanie Flack .... dialogue editor
Cindy Jo Hinkleman .... assistant sound editor
Jon Johnson .... sound supervisor
Rick Kline .... re-recording mixer
Derek Marcil .... 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
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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Runtime:
90 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the Chows crash into Porter on his way to meet Val for the $70,000, the windshield is seen completely smashed in. In subsequent shots the windshield is significantly less damaged.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:
Featured in Paybacks Are a Bitch (2007) (V)See more »

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60 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
Seventy grand, I want it back., 1 May 2007
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

Before studio execs and Mel Gibson got all uppity with Brian Helgeland, Payback was a darker, meaner film. But after an apparently poor test screening in 1997(honestly, what IS the point of these?) they put Payback on hold for over a year so Mel could do Lethal Weapon 4 before going back for some re-shoots, with a new director, to make the film happier.

So they approved a script of a dark, moody revenge thriller, green-lighted it for production and changed their minds to make it lighter because a ragtag audience didn't understand/like it? Man, Hollywood is one weird town.

The resulting film, which was eventually released in 1999, seemed a bit tacked together. There were scenes that just seemed out of place and irregular. It was obvious that any scene actually shot back in 1997 was shot on location and any scene shot for the 1999 cut was just shot in the generic 'street set' on the Warner back-lot. Despite all of this, Payback was still a fun film that failed to go all the way with it's concept.

The new DC is a superior version, no doubt and is about 33% different. There are new scenes and odds and ends through out the running time and the last act is completely different. Kris Kristoffersen is gone and replaced by Sally Kellerman (voice only, Bronson is never seen). James Coburn and John Glover also have smaller roles. The narration from Porter is gone as well as the blue tint to most of the film. Now most scenes are just lit as normal without any post-production filtering.

There is also a new musical score. The jazzy feel to the opening scenes is still there but through-out the rest of the film the score is more atmospheric and understated. Both are as good as each and fit the differing tones, so there's no better of the two.

It does end a bit abruptly and without any truly satisfying conclusion. I guess this is what annoyed test audiences. But a disgruntled audience should not be a decision-making committee when it comes to making movies.

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