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May 20, 2017
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.
May 4, 2017
A brutal film dominated by an unsettling musical score that doesn't accompany the picture well. Lee Marvin is excellent in his role, but the movie's attempted stylish nature makes this what I like to call film boir. (First and only viewing - 2/3/2014)
April 30, 2017
Im not sure if this a film that went simply over my head or it was just so hard to engage with it. A bit confusing & disjointed.

The story of a crook ripped off by his partner & girlfriend & bent on revenge.

Had some great & iconic moments but quite unusual over all.
April 6, 2017
Tough guy Lee Marvin. Foreign director.
½ January 22, 2017
This was an interesting revenge movie starring Lee Marvin. some really well done scenes and liked how it played like a jazz song with the way it seemed scattered at times. Angie Dickinson is beautiful.
September 10, 2016
Great movie. you can see the influence this film's style has on films of today and it is one of of John Boorman's best films.
August 18, 2016
Why is this film lauded after by cinephiles?
It is basically a sixties thriller more akin to a seventies episode of Colombo if I am being honest.
The lead character is Walker (Lee Marvin) who trail blazes San Francisco hell bent on revenge for $63000 and his ex.
It seems that every shadowy figure in some criminal organisation that wears suits is bumped off and the debt passed on to someone else.
Okay the cinematography and print still look pristine some 50 years on. The thriller element is nothing special though.
Marvin plays the Walker character like a man on heat!
August 10, 2016
Crook seeks revenge on his ex partner in this flashy action pic with Lee Marvin.
August 4, 2016
Fans of Nicholas Winding Refn's Drive really need to check out this film. The first (and best) film interpretation of author Donald E. Westlake's Parker character, Point Blank transcends its tired concept by using film techniques that were previously indigenous to the French New Wave. With non-linear plotting, a chromatic design, and cerebral use of voice overs, Point Blank must have been just about the strangest crime film for its day and age, and still doesn't quite resemble anything else out there right now. The film has only aged like a fine wine, including the ending which can be seen as an existential anti-climax, and it remains a go-to film for those wishing to understand the neo-noir aesthetic.
April 16, 2016
WOW.....WOW....SUCH AN ENJOYABLE MOVIE 2 WATCH WITH SUCH A FANTASTIC CAST THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE IT IS SUCH A FANTASTIC MOVIE 2 WATCH WITH SUCH A BRILLIANT CAST THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE......WARNING THIS MOVIE CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTNING EFFECTS THROUGHOUT SOME SCENES THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE....... ITS GOT SUCH A FANTASTIC SOUNDTRACK THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE IT IS SUCH A BRILLIANT MOVIE 2 WATCH WITH A BRILLIANT CAST THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE........THIS IS SUCH A CULT CLASSICS MOVIE 2 WATCH WITH SUCH A SUPERB CAST THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE IT IS SUCH A BRILLIANT MOVIE 2 WATCH.......
½ March 31, 2016
Lee Marvin's dominates a smooth thriller. Short and sharp with a couple of brilliantly realised location sequences this is a well made but especially seen in this time, a well trodden path of a story.
February 29, 2016
A classic for sure. Stylishly made crime drama with suoerb performances. the direction us spot on with some good editing, which leaves you wanting more
January 30, 2016
Marvin's Walker is one of the greatest examples in cinema of the famous adage that less is more. The less he tells you, the more elusive he becomesâ??and the more you want to know who he is and what's he's thinking.

Cinematographer Philip H. Lathrop (The Cincinnati Kid ) endeared himself to Boorman by saying, "Just tell me what you want, and I'll provide it." Although Point Blank is a color film, Boorman's visual concept was to make Walker's world as stark and barren as possible. He looked for angular, empty spaces, such as the L.A. drainage channels or the long airport corridor through which Walker enters the city, and he wanted monochromatic production design, with a single color dominating the frame wherever possible. Boorman also had Lathrop shoot most of the film with a newly developed Panavision lens that provided a wide angle but limited depth of field.
January 8, 2016
Yes, it's a unquestionable cult-classic, but really just a boring, arty revenge film. Angie Dickinson saves it, as she can.
½ November 10, 2015
Fractured revenge thriller, slightly dated now. Lee Marvin, ostensibly trying to track down money he's owed by the mob, finds himself in an endless hall of mirrors. Is he dying? Or already dead?
September 20, 2015
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August 22, 2015
Highly stylized and influential 60's suspense thriller.
July 29, 2015
This was my 2nd time watching this. It looks great on blu-ray, and I like Lee Marvin a lot, but found it really dated. This film was later remade as "Payback" with Mel Gibson. This is definitely at least worth a watch though.
May 30, 2015
No hay palabras para este gran clásico. Tantas pelis se basan en ella. Rompedora en su día y actualmente igual de buena.
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