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Point Blank (1998)

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Convicted corporate criminal Howard engineers a prison break as he and a number of fellow inmates are being transferred to a new facility. The escapees storm a shopping mall and take a ... See full summary »

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Matt Earl Beesley

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James Bannon (screenplay) (as Jim Bannon), Chuck Konzelman (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Werner Schreyer Werner Schreyer ... Billy
Michael Wright ... Sonny
Danny Trejo ... Wallace
Paul Ben-Victor ... Howard
Kevin Gage ... Joe Ray
Robert Zachar ... Armani
James Gammon ... Dad
Mickey Rourke ... Rudy Ray
Nina Savelle Nina Savelle ... Tracey Deakin
Yolonda Williams ... Darla
Oliver Tull Oliver Tull ... Bathroom Security Guard
Gene Raye Price ... Woman in Pink (as Gene Ray Price)
Frederic Forrest ... Mac Bradford
Todd Gordon ... Hardwood
Melinda Renna ... Female Officer
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Convicted corporate criminal Howard engineers a prison break as he and a number of fellow inmates are being transferred to a new facility. The escapees storm a shopping mall and take a group of shoppers hostage (after killing many more of them) before making their demands. Only Rudy, a former mercenary and brother of one of the fugitives, can take out the criminals before more of the hostages die. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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They're the most dangerous criminals in Texas. And they're seriously out of control.

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive violence, sexuality, drug use and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A costo della vita See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Worth, Texas, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First collaboration of Rourke and Trejo. They would later appear together in Dead in Tombstone, music clip Hero and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. See more »

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The back of the bazooka fired during the opening credits is closed. See more »

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Dad: You know Joe. Nothing seem to bother him except being locked up.
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not as horrid as it's made out to be (almost reached guilty pleasure status)
22 April 2007 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

Gay Howard, a prisoner convicted of white-collar crimes masterminds a prison break while his fellow prisoners are being transported. They succeed and hole up in a local mall where they take hostages and try to make demands of the police who surround the place. Unfortunately for the criminals a former mercenary and all-round tough guy, Rudy Ray (Mickey Rourke) is after them, in no small part because his brother is one of the escaped prisoners. Check your brain at the door for this one, folks. It's all about explosions and lots of gunfire. None of it makes much sense under scrutiny and the films ever so slightly homophobic (I referred to Howard as 'gay Howard' earlier in the review as the film makes it abundantly clear). The action is good, if utterly ridiculous and the film apes from MUCH better films (Die Hard, Leon, etcetera), but fans of Rourke or Danny Trejo (who is suitably over-the-top as the 'crazy' villain) will enjoy this flick. Just don't expect anything more than a fun little weightless diversion. It feels more like an '80's film than one for the late '90's though.

My B-movie grade: B-


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