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5.7

Payback (1999)

Payback
Running time: 100 min. | Genre: Action, Thriller, Revenge, Remake, Crime
Payback

Synopsis

Porter (Mel Gibson) is pulled into a heist by his old friend, Val (Brian De Palma regular, Gregg Henry). As they're stealing $130,000 in laundered drug money from Chinese Triads, no one is going to call the police. Everything goes smoothly until Porter's wife, Lynn (Deborah Kara Unger), shoots Porter in the back. After Val had shown Lynn a photo of Porter in the arms of another girl (Maria Bello), the two planned the double-cross together to pay off Val's mob debts so he could return to "The Syndicate." They didn't plan well enough, though, because five months later Porter's back, a complete sociopath who wants his $70,000. Brian Helgeland, the screenwriter for L.A. Confidential and Conspiracy Theory, makes his directing debut with this adaptation of the novel The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake writing under the pseudonym, Richard Stark. The same novel served as the basis for John Boorman's Point Blank starring Lee Marvin. (Chris Gore: All Movie Guide)

Details

Original title

Payback

Director

Brian Helgeland

Producer

Warner Bros. Pictures, Icon Entertainment International

Running time

100 min.

Screenwriter

Terry Hayes, Brian Helgeland

Music

Chris Boardman

Cinematography

Ericson Core

Year

1999

Country

United States United States

Box Office

Budget

$90,000,000

Gross

$161,626,121

Ranking

IMDb
7.1
Metacritic
4.6
Rotten Tomatoes
5.4

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