August 1st, 2020


Movie Critique – Point Blank

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: A box office failure, but leaves the viewers with a good thriller no doubt engaging with a new way of presenting a simple heist and revenge tale. Worth one watch!

Point Blank is a 1967 American crime drama film starring Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Sharon Acker and John Vernon. Adapted from the 1963 crime noir pulp novel The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake, the film was directed by John Boorman.

After a heist, Walker (portrayed by Lee Marvin) is shot and left to die by his partner Mal Reese (portrayed by John Vernon), who then leaves with the money and Walker's wife, Lynne Walker (portrayed by Sharon Acker). However, Walker recovers. Now he sets on a path of revenge to take down his wife, his partner, and get his half of the heist that sums upto $93K.

Westlake was writing as Richard Stark then. His book was converted to screenplay for this film by Alexander Jacobs, David Newhouse and Rafe Newhouse. The original script from the novel had been considerably rearranged per se when it finally became the film, including changing the lead characters name from Parker to Walker. 

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