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- Lady Eve
This is the first film adaptation of the classic Richard Stark (Donald E. Westlake) crime novel "The Hunter." The book was published in 1962 and the film was made in 1967. A great deal of change occurred in the world between '62 and '67, and this was reflected on movie screens. '67 was also the year of "Bonnie and Clyde," "The Graduate," "In the Heat of the Night," "Le Samourai," etc. So..."The Hunter," a stark, hardboiled early '60s tale of no-holds-barred revenge underwent a change in style on its way to the big screen. It was jazzed up for the late '60s as directed by John Boorman, a Brit who was heavily influenced by European filmmaking of the time. "Point Blank" is a good film, a classic, yes, but it's not on the same level as two other crime thrillers that soon followed, "Bullitt" (1968) and "The French Connection" (1971).
gun ghost of sanfrancisco
- a. morris
ghost story merged with crime story.this format has been copied many times but this one stands out. the lead actor is a surreal specter compared to the overblown horror creations of today.many story talents are influenced by this work. may never be featured on the essentials but should be.another solid mark of movie is the quality of supporting cast.it might not be a movie for everyone but if you do not give it a try you will never know.
Unconventional and stylistic neo-noir
An underrated crime caper from the late 1960s. The narrative is uncommon at the time of its release, but shouldn't deter seekers from checking out what is now considered a cult classic. The performances are fine, though Wynn stands out whenever he's on the screen.
- don letta
Interesting Euro-trash wanna be. Very stylishly presented, leaving no stone unturned relative to the garish late-sixties look... I'de forgotten that bad taste was in at the time. The non surprise, surprise ending bombed, but it highlighted the brevity of the entire thing, so all in all, it wasn't a complete waste of time.
This has to be one of the worst movies, ever!~ The one star is for Lee Marvin, only.
An OK Lee Marvin movie
- Maureen v.v.
I've seen better Lee Marvin movies. I didn't like the movie's ending. It should have had a better ending--something happier.
- kevin sellers
Good but not great. Problem is the screenplay which, in its attempt to be ultra cool, neglects to provide wronged gangster Lee Marvin with the one ingredient that is indispensable to the sort villainous hero he specialized in, namely humor. This is one of the few Lee Marvin films that contains not one memorable zinger, delivered in that patented, guttural drawl of his. Contrast it with "Get Carter," which came out four years later, where Michael Caine's cool, but not too cool, gangster describes one low life character's eyes as resembling "piss holes in the snow." There, in a nutshell, you have the difference between a good crime/revenge drama and a great one. Compensating for the too laid back script is intense, fast paced direction by John Boorman, which also displays a good feel for 60s L.A. And you have the great Angie Dickinson who is blessedly not too cool for the room, but instead brings some much needed humanity to this film. Give it a B. P.S. Someone should have told the screenwriters or Boorman that if you show someone about to swim from Alcatraz to SF you really ought follow that person into the friggin water!
Leonard Maltin loves Point Blank (3.5 stars)
- Dr. John
Hi. I'm the film librarian at the U of Florida. Although TCM doesn't offer a Maltin rating, hetre's what my trusty 1987 edition of his guide says: "Taut thriller, ignored in 1967, but now regarded as a top film of the mid-60s." Don't know why this didn't make it onto today's web site. Dr. John
- Mike Serviente
Awesome movie that served as the inspiration for it's modern day adaptation of Payback with Mel Gibson. Lee Marvin delivers a gritty, no-nonsense portrayal of a former thief hell bent on revenge and recovering his share of a robbery gone bad. Revenge, double crosses and retribution at any cost is a familiar but successful plot.
- Dashiell Barnes
This arresting thriller has earned a grand cult status. Marvin excels as a gangster who goes after the man & his organization that betrayed him by taking his $93,000. Stylish cinematography & Boorman's dream-like direction makes this film more than a simple revenge story. A little bit dated, but still entertaining & dazzling. I give it a 4/5.
I Want My Money
- Graham Thomas
Emerging as a quintessential American classic, driven by the simple plot line. Fast, tough, misogynistic period piece.
Point Blank (1967)
- James Higgins
76/100. Point Blank has a very effective and groundbreaking style to it, especially with the cinematography. There are many nice touches throughout the film, interesting angle shots and so forth. Fine direction by John Boorman, very concise and he knows how to pace a movie. Exciting story, and it held my interest throughout. Very well edited. In 1967 this was a very different style of crime thriller than anything seen before. Good cast, Lee Marvin is great in the lead role and gives a very calculated performance. Angie Dickinson has one of her best roles. Nice use of California locale shooting. Good film. Even after 40 years, the movie has punch and remains amazingly fresh.
Lee Marvin at his best
- tough lugan
There is no actor who has or had a meaner 'scowl' than Lee Marvin. Not a tougher voice before or since. This was the right guy for the lead in this 1867 classic revenge film. Perfect location, great cast, good storyline, and the obvious appearance of the Smith & Wesson .357 magnum revolver which is one of the greatest handguns ever made. Also look for a totally nude Angie Dickinson which is a scene I forgot about from when I first saw this movie in 1967.If you like "mid year" Corvettes then you will like the car dealer scene too. As far as I'm concerned this movie has all the 'mens' attractions. Girls, Corvettes, and serious armament for frosting on a well baked cake. I won this one and you should too.
A Hard-as-Nails Gangster Drama.
- Frank Harris Horn
Academy Award winner, Lee Marvin is in pure top form in this action-packed screen adaptation of Richard Stark's novel, "The Hunter". Marvin plays a newly-released ex-convict, who sets out to get revenge against his former partners-in-crime, who double-crossed him, and left him for dead during a big heist they pulled off. Filmed on location in San Francisco, California. Also starring Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn, Carroll O'Connor, Lloyd Bochner, Sharon Acker, Michael Strong, John Vernon, Kathleen Freeman, James B. Sikking, Sandra Warner, Roberta Haynes & Henry "Rico" Cattani. Remade in 1999 under the title of "Payback".
interview with directer
- gerrald stangret
In 1987 John Boorman was interviewed .He said that Lee was drinking and he was smoking the popular thing of the day all through the shooting.Around 1 month into the shoot ,he was called to the head office and sat in front of all the ex.They asked him all sorts of questions and after 10 minutes he asked "I know who you people are but who is the guy sitting in the corner".They replied "He`s a head doctor and we think your nuts". John told them to get lost and walked out.This is the only known time that this has happened to a directer.
Great Lee Marvin Tough guy Movie.
THe film has great editing, and cinematography. Influence can be seen in Kill Bill.And was remade into Pay back with Mel Gibson.Should Most Deffinetley be considered for that Cult Film JAZZ!