Point Blank (1967)

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In this film, Lee Marvin and John Vernon have just swiped a large amount of mob money. As they sit down to divvy up the loot, Vernon pulls out a gun and shoots Marvin. Left for dead, Marvin manages to recover sufficiently to seek revenge.
Rating: R (violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: John Boorman
Written By: Alexander Jacobs , David Newhouse , Rafe Newhouse , Donald E. Westlake
In Theaters: wide
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MGM Home Entertainment

Cast

Lee Marvin
as Walker
Carroll O'Connor
as Brewster
Lloyd Bochner
as Frederick Carter
Michael Strong
as Stegman
John Vernon
as Mal Reese
James B. Sikking
as Hired Gun
Sandra Warner
as Waitress
Roberta Haynes
as Mrs. Carter
Kathleen Freeman
as 1st Citizen
Victor Creatore
as Carter's Man
Lawrence Hauben
as Car Salesman
Susan Holloway
as Customer
Sid Haig
as Guard
Michael Patrick Bell
as Penthouse Lobby Guard
Priscilla Boyd
as Receptionist
Ron Walters
as Roommates
Carey Foster
as Dancer
Lou Whitehill
as Policeman
Ted White
as Football Player
Chuck Hicks
as Guard
Felix Silla
as Bellhop
Karen Lee
as Waitress
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Critic Reviews for Point Blank

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (4)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
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the film grabs you with its narrative, with its cast and with its pizzazz, and the DVD locks the grip tight.

July 20, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

There are moments of breathtaking visual creativity, from the not-quite-freeze-frames over the opening credits to a series of confrontational close-ups when things turn violent.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It gets back into the groove of Hollywood thrillers, after the recent glut of spies, counterspies, funny spies, anti-hero spies and spy-spier spies.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

One of the four supreme masterworks in a major oeuvre ...

Full Review… | April 1, 2013
Observer (UK)

Audience Reviews for Point Blank

½

Walker (Lee Marvin) is shot and left for dead by his partner during a heist; he survives and returns to demand the mob return the money he's owed, fighting his way up the ladder until he reaches the top man. There's star power and style to burn in this often overlooked early film from John Boorman that perfectly balances arthouse cool with gritty action.

Greg S
Greg S

Discordant editing, jarring violence, and an angular storyline give Point Blank it's unique 60s cross between french new wave cinema and classic film noir. Lee Marvin is the guy who is betrayed and left for dead by his partner over the sum of $90,000. While it's not exactly chump change today, it would've been a small fortune back in the days of the film's setting. At first, it seems as if he's after revenge alone, but it quickly becomes obvious he's after his money. With the help of a mysterious benefactor, he tracks down his wife, who along with his former partner betrayed him. She has no idea where he is, only that she's sorry and wishes to die. When he finally does find the former partner (with the help of his sister-in-law, as played by Angie Dickinson), it turns out it's only the beginning of his journey for justice. Is Lee Marvin's "Walker" character insane? Some automaton bent on achieving a goal that has long since lost all meaning? As Dickenson exclaims in one scene "You really did die at alcatraz". There are moments of surrealism, dreamlike moments where things don't make a whole lot of sense. Walker may be motivated by hatred, but there's very little emotion to what he does. He's a broken man, a monster.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott
½

Lee Marvin kicks so much ass in this neo-noir, genre bending crime classic.

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

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