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Encyclopedia > Payback (film)
Payback

Payback movie poster
Directed by Brian Helgeland
Produced by Bruce Davey
Written by Brian Helgeland
Terry Hayes
based on The Hunter by Richard Stark
Starring Mel Gibson
Gregg Henry
Maria Bello
Kris Kristofferson
James Coburn
Lucy Liu
David Paymer
Music by Chris Boardman
Moe Jaffe
Cinematography Ericson Core
Editing by Kevin Stitt
Distributed by Paramount Pictures (USA)
Warner Bros. (non-USA)
Release date(s) February 5, 1999
Running time 100 min.
Language English
Budget $50,000,000
IMDb profile

Payback is a 1999 action film starring Mel Gibson and directed by Brian Helgeland. The film is a remake of the 1967 noir-classic Point Blank, directed by John Boorman and starring Lee Marvin, which was based on the book The Hunter, written by Donald E. Westlake under the pseudonym of Richard Stark. The film was Brian Helgeland's directorial debut after a career as a screenwriter. Image File history File links Payback (1999) - Poster This work is copyrighted. ... Brian Helgeland (born January 17, 1961 in Providence, Rhode Island) is a movie writer and director, who graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. ... Bruce Davey is an Austrailian film producer in the United States. ... Brian Helgeland (born January 17, 1961 in Providence, Rhode Island) is a movie writer and director, who graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. ... Terry Hayes is an English screenwriter and producer born on the 8 October 1951. ... The Hunter (1962) is a crime thriller novel, written by Donald E. Westlake under the pseudonym Richard Stark. ... Donald Edwin Westlake (born July 12th, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York), is a prolific American writer, with over a hundred books, specializing in crime fiction, especially comic capers, with an occasional bit of science fiction. ... Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American-Australian actor, Academy Award winning director and producer. ... Gregg Henry (born May 6, 1952 in Lakewood, Colorado) is an American theater and film character actor and rock, blues, and country musician. ... Maria Elaine Bello (born April 18, 1967) is an American actress. ... Kristoffer Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an influential American country music songwriter, singer and actor. ... James Coburn in Sam Peckinpahs Cross of Iron (1977). ... Lucy Alexis Liu (Chinese: 劉玉玲 Liú Yùlíng, born December 2, 1968 in Queens, New York) is an Emmy Award-nominated American actress. ... David Paymer (born 30 August 1954) is an American character actor, seen in such films as The In-Laws, Crazy People, State and Main, Payback, Get Shorty, Armistad, Carpool, City Hall, and Into the West. ... Categories: ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... “WB” redirects here. ... is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This article is about the year. ... Look up Action film in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American-Australian actor, Academy Award winning director and producer. ... Brian Helgeland (born January 17, 1961 in Providence, Rhode Island) is a movie writer and director, who graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. ... This still from The Big Combo (1955) demonstrates the visual style of film noir at its most extreme. ... Point Blank is a 1967 crime film directed by John Boorman and starring Lee Marvin, adapted from the classic pulp novel The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake, writing as Richard Stark. ... John Boorman (born January 18, 1933 in Shepperton, Surrey, United Kingdom), is a British filmmaker, currently based in Ireland, best known for his feature films such as Point Blank, Deliverance, Excalibur, and The General. ... Lee Marvin (February 19, 1924 – August 29, 1987) was an Academy Award-winning American film actor. ... The Hunter (1962) is a crime thriller novel, written by Donald E. Westlake under the pseudonym Richard Stark. ... Donald Edwin Westlake (born July 12th, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York), is a prolific American writer, with over a hundred books, specializing in crime fiction, especially comic capers, with an occasional bit of science fiction. ... A pseudonym (Greek: , pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons legal name. ... Brian Helgeland (born January 17, 1961 in Providence, Rhode Island) is a movie writer and director, who graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. ... Screenwriters, scenarists, or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ...


Although credited as director, Helgeland's cut of the film isn't the final version released to audiences. Helgeland's version was deemed too dark for the mainstream public and he was replaced by production designer John Myhre, who reshot 30% of the movie. The intent was to make Gibson's character funnier and more accessible, as in Lethal Weapon. After 10 days of reshoots, a new third act was tacked on, voiceover track added and Kris Kristofferson walked on as a new villain.[1] Helgeland's version, Straight Up: The Director's Cut, was released on DVD and HD DVD on April 10, 2007. John Myrhe is an American Production Designer who has been working in Hollywood since the late 1980s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kristoffer Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an influential American country music songwriter, singer and actor. ...

Contents

Plot

Porter (Gibson) is a smart career criminal who is betrayed by his own wife, Lynn (Unger), and his criminal partner, Val (Henry) after they steal $140,000 from the Chinese mafia. After his wife shoots him in the back and his partner takes all of the heist money, they both leave him to die. Unbeknownst to both of them, Porter survived the two gunshots to his back. After a long recovery, he returns to reclaim the $70,000 that is now owed to him by his former partner.


During Porter's recovery, his partner Val (Henry) re-joined a powerful criminal organization known as the Outfit, using $130,000 of the heist to pay off a debt to them. To get his share of the money back, Porter is forced to deal with his former partner, the Outfit, the Chinese mafia and corrupt police officers (Duke and Conley). He enlists the help of a call girl, Rosie (Bello), who is affiliated with the Outfit. Previous to the events depicted at the beginning of the film, Porter served as a driver for Rosie, during which time they developed a close, romantic friendship, which ultimately was the reason behind Porter's wife shooting him.


After unsuccessful attempts to reclaim his $70,000 share of the original heist from the Outfit, he kidnaps the son of the head of the crime syndicate. After which, Porter himself is kidnapped and tortured into revealing the location where the syndicate boss' son is being held. Porter leads them to an apartment that was rigged earlier by the Outfit with a telephone-activated bomb.


Cast

Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American-Australian actor, Academy Award winning director and producer. ... Gregg Henry (born May 6, 1952 in Lakewood, Colorado) is an American theater and film character actor and rock, blues, and country musician. ... Maria Elaine Bello (born April 18, 1967) is an American actress. ... Lucy Alexis Liu (Chinese: 劉玉玲 Liú Yùlíng, born December 2, 1968 in Queens, New York) is an Emmy Award-nominated American actress. ... Deborah Kara Unger (born May 12, 1964[1] or 1963 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian actress. ... David Paymer (born 30 August 1954) is an American character actor, seen in such films as The In-Laws, Crazy People, State and Main, Payback, Get Shorty, Armistad, Carpool, City Hall, and Into the West. ... Bill Duke (born February 26, 1943) is an American actor and film director. ... John Joseph Conley (September 27, 1920 - January, 1991) was an English professional football centre-forward. ... John Glover (born August 7, 1944 in Salisbury, Maryland) is an American actor, best known for a range of villainous roles in films and television, including Lionel Luthor in Smallville. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... James Coburn in Sam Peckinpahs Cross of Iron (1977). ... Kristoffer Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an influential American country music songwriter, singer and actor. ...

Straight Up: The Director's Cut

In 2005, Paramount allowed Helgeland to re-edit the movie. However, the tapes from the original production turned up missing and he was limited to material available on film. The final result is a much darker film.[2] Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ...


Some changes to the director's cut include:

  • Removal of Porter's voice-over
  • Rosie's dog (also named Porter) does not survive after being shot by Val Resnick
  • Majority of blue tint was removed and replaced with hyper-saturation
  • Director's commentary
  • Interview of Donald E. Westlake
  • Documentary of the film's history
  • A new score was written and recorded by Scott Stambler
  • An alternate ending

A scene from the film 1984 which shows the bleach bypass effect. ... Donald Edwin Westlake (born July 12th, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York), is a prolific American writer, with over a hundred books, specializing in crime fiction, especially comic capers, with an occasional bit of science fiction. ...

References

  1. ^ DVD Spin Doctor - Mel Gibson's lost kick-ass film.
  2. ^ DVD Spin Doctor - Mel Gibson's lost kick-ass film.

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Payback (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (540 words)
Payback is a 1999 thriller film starring Mel Gibson and directed by Brian Helgeland.
The film is a remake of the 1967 noir-classic Point Blank, directed by John Boorman and starring Lee Marvin, which in turn was based on the book The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake (published as Richard Stark, one of his pseudonyms).
Previous to the events depicted at the beginning of the film, Porter served as a driver for Rosie, during which time they have developed a close, romantic friendship and ultimately was the reasoning behind Porter's wife shooting him.
DVDFILE.COM: Payback review (1488 words)
The film requires certain tastes for it to be truly enjoyable and some of those who decided they wanted to watch a Mel Gibson film probably left feeling disturbed by what they had seen.
Payback is his darkest role yet and for many out there they may find that this film is not to their liking.
Payback is not a film that you will use to show off your home theater setup, but it's soundtrack is not one that you will be unhappy with.
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