A troubled NYPD cop is framed for murder and finds himself being hunted by the police, the mob, and a ruthless corporation.


Sam Lake (story), Sam Lake (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James McCaffrey ... Max Payne (voice)
Haviland Morris ... Michelle Payne (voice)
Chris Phillips ... Alex Balder / Mercenary / Killer Suit (voice)
Jane Gennaro Jane Gennaro ... Nicole Horne / Computer (voice)
Adam Grupper ... B.B. / Policeman / Mercenary (voice) (as Adam Gruper)
Peter Appel ... Jim Bravura / Announcer / Boris Dime (voice)
Tye Alexander ... Joey Finito / Virgilio Finito / Mobster (voice) (as Tye Reign)
Joe Dalo ... Vinnie Gognitti / Pilot / Chemist (voice) (as Joe Dallo)
Chelsea Altman Chelsea Altman ... Kyra Silver (voice)
Joseph Ragno ... Angelo Punchinello / Mobster (voice) (as Joe Ragno)
Joanie Ellen Joanie Ellen ... Candy Dawn (voice)
Ricky Ashley Ricky Ashley ... Captain Baseballbat-Boy (voice)
Victoria Pontecorvo Victoria Pontecorvo ... BicycleHelmet-Girl (voice)
Joe Maruzzo ... Rico Muerte / Transit Police / Joe Salem / Mobster (voice)
John Randolph Jones ... Alfred Woden / Butler (voice)

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Max Payne, a cop in the NYPD, returns home one day to find his wife and baby daughter murdered at the hands of drug addicts, high on a designer drug called Valkyr. After 3 years of working on the case, Max and his best friend Alex go undercover to bust a V-deal. However, things go wrong: Alex is suddenly killed, and Max is framed for his murder. Hunted by the cops and driven by determination to avenge his family, Max Payne sets out to uncover the truths behind his family's murder. Written by Kerwin Tsang

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Did You Know?


Max Payne was modeled after the writer of the game, Sam Lake. Lake also dressed up and played the part of Max Payne for the graphic novel cut scenes that are shown through out the game. Lake's mother portrayed the antagonist, Nicole Horne. See more »


A .50 AE caliber Desert Eagle holds 8 rounds (7 in the magazine 1 in the chamber), not 12. See more »


[opening narration]
Max Payne: They were all dead. The final gunshot was an exclamation mark on everything that had led to this point. I released my finger from the trigger, and it was over.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, when you complete the game, the following text appears on the screen: Max Payne has only started his journey through the night. The pain has only just begun. More will follow. See more »

Alternate Versions

Aside from the controls, the PlayStation 2 version alternates from the PC version.
  • There are no quick saves on PS2 and the chapters are divided into several sub-chapters with different names for each.
  • The World Trade Center towers are also removed from the intro on PS2 and the graphic novel panel showing them at the beginning of the chapter "Backstabbing Bastard" is replaced with a different image.
  • The Roman numerals for the "Part" description of the loading screens were replaced with just normal numbers.
  • The graphic novel scenes use a different font than PC.
  • An additional credits movie was added with new music in the main menu. The PS4 release also adds 1080p support and trophies.
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User Reviews

Not just a good game, but a great story
28 September 2004 | by BroadswordCallinDannyBoySee all my reviews

Games don't usually get this good. I mean, this is an absolutely amazing game. From the involving story, the terrific direction, and awesome action and game-play this one has it all.

Max Payne is a cop infiltrating a drug ring and just about everything goes wrong. Everything. It is up to his guts and guns to solve the problem.

While this is a shooter a gritty and realistic feeling pervades the game making it more of a movie. The bad guys are punks, security guards and such. They talk, run, scream, and are afraid to die. They are placed in realistic locations. And speaking of locations...You actually feel like you are in the city. The graphics and story just place you in the moment and you push through the gauntlet of pain and bad guys with sympathies for the character.

There are a few limitations, this is a game after all, like the bad guys have basically one tactic, and some of the action scenes are way over the top, but hey... if this is based off of an action movie, it's perfect.

Basically YOU GOTTA PLAY IT! 9/10

Rated MATURE: unrelenting violence

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Release Date:

23 July 2001 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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