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Point Blank

Director: John Boorman

Writers: Alexander Jacobs (screenplay), David Newhouse (screenplay), 2 more credits »

Stars: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn | See full cast and crew »

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


This seminal crime classic portrays the great dane of bad guys Lee Marvin as Walker, a man who after pulling the famed Alcatraz heist is betrayed, now he's back and he wants his share of the take $93,000.

But his former partner in crime Mal Reece (John Vernon) now deep in debt to the Organisation, a ruthless criminal enterprise doesn't want to pay up.

Now Walker must climb the ladder to the top to recieve his long over due pay off.

A mythical like apparition see's Walker meet with an unknown figure (Keenan Wynn) infront of infamous Alcatraz prison who informs Walker that Reece is with his former wife in Los Angeles.

Lee Marvin is unforgettable as he storms the hallway to find his ex wife ( Carroll O ’ Connor) as he crashes through doors, pulling all punches with the extension of his fist; The lethal Smith and Western 44 Magnum ( The gun later chosen as Clint Eastwood 's signature gun.)

Revolutionary in its reverie acclaimed director John Boorman from (Deliverance) takes us on a freight train ride of revenge in this ground-breaking psychologically surreal quest as one man is resurrected from the dead on a search for his humanity.

After continual character development the director, actor team of Boorman and Lee continue to throw the script out and take hold of the vision.

Boorman saw that the film worked wistfully with Marvin having all the creative control they were then successfully able to mould with his Lee's unique brand of physicality the character of the ultimate antihero Walker who proceeds to own the screen whilst performing all his own stunts.

After Walker leaves his pill popping ex wife he is set after her sister the bombshell ( Angie Dikinson) who was once Recces girl she then tells him where to find Reece.

We learn about the Alcatraz heist after Reece implores, Mr Carter a key player in the Organisation heirachy to help dispose of the unconrolable Walker.

The trap is set as the former flame (Dickinson) is sent in as bait to penertrate the impregnable fortress – The Huntley house where she seduces Reece into submission.

Shot with a specialised 40 ml anamorphic lens the film is full of visual metaphors, capturing everything as intended with a stellar crew and no studio restrictions, whilst violent the violence is delivered with originality using a real, raw and contemporary no rules style.

As Walker must climb further and further he delivers a truly astonishing performance as he lays supreme vengeance with his wrath...............................................Point Blank.



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