Point Blank

Point Blank

Streaming Video - 1967
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Lee Marvin stars as Walker, a gangster shot "point blank" and left for dead on Alcatraz by his partner--who leaves with Walker's money and his wife. But Walker doesn't die. Now, ruthless and unstoppable, he pursues the people who betrayed him. Based on the novel The Hunter by Donald E.Westlake.

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plotline Mar 31, 2016

Neo-Noir Extraordinaire

"Somebody's gotta pay."- Walker to an irritable crime boss in POINT BLANK.

Listen. Hear that? Heavy footfalls reverberating off the walls and ceiling and floor; marching inexorably, undeniably closer; sounding like small explosions, getting louder and louder. A millisecond of silence, then a door smashes open, followed quickly by the thunder of a .38 handgun erupting and erupting and...

He's loose again (finally on DVD). Walker is coming. And he ain't no Texas Ranger.
John Boorman's first masterpiece (three years before DELIVERANCE) isn't the first neo-noir (see 1962's CAPE FEAR), but POINT BLANK'S jolting stylization (flashbacks on flashbacks; disorienting flashforwards; audio dubs that extend from one scene into another) made moviegoers sit up and take notice.

A no-honor-among-thugs crime story, the film opens with a multiplicity of double crosses. Yet for all the brandishing of guns and bruising encounters (a nasty fistfight backstage of a disco; a used car test drive from hell) the film is nearly bloodless. Boorman maintains constant tension by establishing the relentless nature of Lee Marvin's Walker early on. Walker's inescapable menace is one of the film's best jokes: while the character is never more than a heartbeat from dispensing violent death to all who stand in his way, he never actually kills anyone.

Boorman nods briefly at mid-sixties Californian society: debilitating drug use; the obligatory disco; the binding values of alternative lifestyles; and even some fleeting Angie Dickinson cheesecake (look sharp). And the film's biggest jest prods the incorporation of organized crime, wherein the company officers plot each other's demise and liquid assets are difficult to find.

Eclipsed in 1967 by the truly blood-soaked BONNIE AND CLYDE, the icy grimness of IN COLD BLOOD, and even Lee Marvin's Maj. Reisman in THE DIRTY DOZEN, the dazzling panache of POINT BLANK has justly enshrined the film in the neo-noir pantheon.

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NoirBuff
Mar 06, 2015

Extremely vivid cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop (director of photography), showcasing Los Angeles' post modern, modern and mid-century architecture is another reason to watch this film again. The extreme close-ups, colours and textures are delicious. A very good 1960's film (one that busts out of its age, yet showing its time).

kevfarley May 14, 2014

I'm not usually into 'noir',.. but this film seems exceptional. Lee Marvin had both cast and script approval, and turned those powers over to fledgling director John Boorman. The resulting creative control gave birth to an innovative template for future Relentless Chase scripts. Film students and fans will find rich nourishment in the Commentary by John Boorman and Steven Soderbergh.

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d1967
Apr 03, 2014

Watched it 3 times now !

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8honcho8
Sep 04, 2013

One of the best crime movies ever made. This is considered one of the first 'art house' crime films and a true modern noir. Even more difficult because it was filmed in color. It was the first movie that made me fall in love with movies. Marvin's best film. He was probably drunk but he was the rare cat that could act while he was drunk.

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RichardPaul
Jun 20, 2013

Point Blank ---- By Richard Stark(DVD/CD - c - 2005/ Orig. c - 1967 Novel " The Hunter ") ---- This is one of the better Richard Stark works. To see it as a movie is great to see. If you like action this is a movie for you. ---- ---- ---- Performers: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn, Carroll O'Connor, Lloyd Bochner, Michael Strong, James Sikking, Sandra Warner, John Vernon, Sharon Acker. ---- MPAA rating - Not rated. ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul(finished 6-20-2013)

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