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Point Blank [Blu-ray] [1967]

  • SKU: 24885283
  • Release Date: 07/08/2014
  • Rating: NR

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    50% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1 out of 2)

    Special Features

    • Commentary by director John Boorman and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh
    • Vintage featurettes The Rock Part 1 and The Rock Part 2
    • Theatrical trailer


    Point Blank
    Based on Donald E. Westlake's novel The Hunter, John Boorman's gangster film hauntingly merges a generic revenge story with a European art cinema sensibility. In Alcatraz to divvy up the spoils from a robbery, thief Walker (Lee Marvin) is instead shot point blank by his double-crossing friend Mal Reese (John Vernon) and left to die while Reese takes off with Walker's wife Lynne (Sharon Acker) and his $93,000. Resurrected, the stone-faced Walker returns to Los Angeles a couple of years later to seek revenge on Mal with the help of the enigmatic Yost (Keenan Wynn) and Lynne's sister Chris (Angie Dickinson). Wanting little but his cash, Walker implacably penetrates Mal's lair and the hierarchy of the shady "Organization," registering no emotion about the string of murders left in his wake, as his thoughts repeatedly return to the past that brought him there. In his first American feature, Boorman transforms a stripped-down revenge plot into a surreal meditation on the gangster's spiritual demise, using flashbacks and startling shifts in setting to interweave Walker's fractured memories with his extraordinarily photographed odyssey through L.A. Marvin's chillingly stoic presence further hints at the ambiguities in Chris's observation that Walker "died at Alcatraz, all right." Brutal in the violence that it shows and suggests, Point Blank opened in the U.S. in the same period as Bonnie and Clyde, becoming one more testament to the genre-bending and ground-breaking possibilities of the nascent Hollywood New Wave. Although Point Blank was mostly overlooked in 1967, Boorman's visual adventurousness, and Marvin's amoral and apathetic antihero, have since made Point Blank seem one of the key films of the mid-late '60s, a precursor to revisionist experimentations from Martin Scorsese to Quentin Tarantino. It was remade as the 1999 Mel Gibson vehicle Payback. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Lee Marvin
      Lee Marvin - Walker
    • Angie Dickinson
      Angie Dickinson - Chris
    • Keenan Wynn
      Keenan Wynn - Fairfax
    • Carroll O'Connor
      Carroll O'Connor - Brewster
    • John Vernon
      John Vernon - Mal Reese

    Customer rating

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Cult classic

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Get ready to root for a hired gun. Based on THE HUNTER, one of the Parker novels by Richard Stark (pen name of author Donald Westlake), later remade as PAYBACK with Mel Gibson, this is the original and a very influential crime classic,, a forerunner of gritty 1970s anti-hero cop movies like the French Connection. The visuals of POINT BLANK under director John Boorman are stunning, and Lee Marvin's inensity sears the screen. Dir. Martin Scorsese of Goodfellas fame has cited this as one of his favorite crime films. Highly recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Gritty Crime Drama of the Sixties.


      The movie has its intrigue but the movie nonetheless felt familar to every revenge criminal movie such as 'Deathwish' and 'Dirty Harry.' Funny to see Los Angeles with little graffiti in the scenes, but the movie is for old movie fans and may not grab much attention. There are some surprises, but the movie stretches longer than needs.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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