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Payback (1995)

Oscar Bonsetter tells a dying prisoner that he will take revenge on the sadistic guard who killed him. In exchange, Oscar is told of a stash of money. Oscar is eventually released from ... See full summary »


Anthony Hickox


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Complete credited cast:
C. Thomas Howell ... Oscar Bonsetter
Joan Severance ... Rose Gullerman
Marshall Bell ... Tom "Gully" Gullerman
Richard Burgi ... Al Keegan
John Toles-Bey ... Marcus Jackson
R.G. Armstrong ... Mac
Steve Wilcox ... Tough Guy
Lisa Robin Kelly ... Teenage Girl
David Anthony Higgins ... Jim Koval
Denise Bessette Denise Bessette ... Jim's Wife
Breckin Meyer ... Jim's Son
Katherine Barrese Katherine Barrese ... Woman in Prison
Dana Sheehan Dana Sheehan ... Guard
Frank Strick Frank Strick ... Gun Seller


Oscar Bonsetter tells a dying prisoner that he will take revenge on the sadistic guard who killed him. In exchange, Oscar is told of a stash of money. Oscar is eventually released from prison but when he goes to get revenge, he gets sidetracked by the now-handicapped guard and his alluring wife, Rose. The tension builds as Oscar becomes more and more attracted to Rose. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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When a woman stands in the way of a man's revenge, it can be deadly.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 March 1995 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Naplata See more »

Filming Locations:

Cambria, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


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Alternate Versions

Available in both R and unrated versions. See more »


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Written by Brian Haner and Brian Haner Jr.
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Payback is a bitch, literally
22 February 2016 | by videorama-759-859391See all my reviews

Before Mad Mel, came in blazing some payback of his own, four years, prior, this exciting B gradie fun pic, teased us with some nice push the envelope sex scenes, dome to a nice tune, and blood spilling violence and HOWELL. He's one of my favorite actors who never lacks, a good actor who like others, was dealt a bad blow, such as his loser ex con character, Oscar Bonsetta, out to settle some scores, and carry out a old dying prisoner's wish, to collect this hidden loot, with the aid of a treasure map. When released he tracks down an old enemy warden, now blind and shacked up with hottie, Severance (the super charged sex scenes with her and Howell are unforgettable). Parading as someone else, so his blinded arch enemy warden doesn't catch on, Howell settles into this seaside hotel, run by the couple, quite nicely. Howell really plays the loser well, and I must say, it's bad hand of fate, was a nice, admirable, shock point, and yes there are a few thrills and twists, that makes Payback, a nice little orchestrated B grade with style, not to mention, a cool shootout opening, wonderfully done, by a director I admire, who like Mark L Lester, makes addictive bubble gum pics. It's not just Howell, that's good, but honestly, his performance was one of the best. There's a real nasty moment too, in a hate fueled scene, between Howell and Richard Burgi (Hostel 2, Friday 13th remake) who plays the warden's cowboy, cop brother, that for me was the standout scene. And yes, Severance here, is her pretty hottest. This whole movie runs so nicely, and is definitely worth it's weight in view, where the sex scenes, may seem overlong, but man are they hot.

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