Point Blank

1967

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

42
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 97%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 85%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 15464

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Cast

Lauren Bacall as Herself - Actress in Film Clip from 'The Cobweb'
Lee Marvin as Walker
Keenan Wynn as Yost
1080p.BLU
1.44 GB
1920*1080
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 32 min
P/S 3 / 14

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gavin6942 7 / 10

Nice Revenge Film

After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker (Lee Marvin) single-mindedly tries to retrieve the rather inconsequential sum of money that was stolen from him.

The plot summary, as well as some of the characters in the film, seem to think $93,000 is a trifle. While I maybe would not go so far as to kill for it, $93,000 would be a pretty big deal to me. And the inflation rate tells me that $93,000 in 1967 would be $692,425 today -- certainly not inconsequential at all! A person could live comfortably on that for a while.

Regardless, the film works well because of Lee Marvin. He is a strong antihero, sort of a Charles Bronson type before Bronson really took off. Choosing between this and the Mel Gibson remake, this film is the clear winner.

Reviewed by a_chinn 10 / 10

Tough, visually striking classic revenge film

John Boorman's brilliant hallucinatory revenge film defies genre traditions and ends up becoming something wholly new never seen on film before or since. Lee Marvin plays the laconic Walker (named Parker in the Richard Stark/Donald Westlake books), a man double crossed and left for dead by his wife and best friend. He reemerges years later and his friend has now climbed the crime syndicate ranks, so Marvin starts at the bottom and works his way up the syndicate ranks, single handedly taking out the entire syndicate hierarchy. The script is efficient and the film features a strong cast, led by an almost completely silent Marvin, which includes Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn, Carroll O'Connor, Michael Strong, and John Vernon. With this script and cast, this would have been enough for a solid crime film in the hands of most any director. Even a journeyman like Gordon Douglas or Phil Karlson could have made a good film, but it's Boorman's visual and editing style that make this film something truly unique and a film classic. The closest I can think to compare this film to would be proto-French New Wave director Jean-Pierre Melville's "Le Samouraï" (released the same year) or possibly moments in a handful of Brian De Palma films. There are so many moments in the film that burn their way into the viewers brain, such as Walker determined march down a long hallways with the only sound being his footsteps intercut with him tracking down his first target, or Walker silently sitting on the couch next to his ex-wife as she tells why she betrayed him, or the fight sequence in a nightclub with swirls of psychedelic colors exploding across the face of Marvin to 1960s youth music, to the film's ending as the audience watch Walker's half shadowed face completely slip into darkness. The film is a visual feast and is the strongest element of the film's many strong points. Lee Marvin's performance as well demands recognition. Marvin was always an underrated actor, but you truly cannot take your eyes off of him in this film as he single mindedly works his way through the LA crime syndicate repeating over and over, like a mantra, "I want me $83,000 dollars" "Point Blank" is a true American film classic (by a British director) that must be seen by all cinephiles. And look fast for Sid Haig as a mob security guard.

Reviewed by the_prince_of_frogs 3 / 10

Not A Good Presentation Of The Novel

Point Blank is a major disappointment. The movie is based on the book "The Hunter" written by Donald Edwin Westlake under the pseudonym Richard Stark.

I have watched the movie Point Blank several times over the years.

I have read virtually every novel (all sixteen novels) Richard Stark wrote in the Parker series. I have read most of these novels at least four times.

I think Donald Westlake should have been most unhappy with the script for this movie.

The main character in Point Blank, Walker, is a far cry from Parker in the novels. I am sure that Lee Marvin followed the script in the movie as Lee Marvin is a professional. I can not say the script writers were even close to professionals in my opinion.

Why do script writers have to change so much when writing a script for a movie based on a book~?

My enjoyment of Point Blank is greatly diminished by what in my opinion is the total failure of the script writers to function as competent professionals.

Overall I have to give the movie a 3. This is only because I am a big fan of Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson. Otherwise I would give the movie a 0, zero rating.

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