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Point Blank (1967)

After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker single-mindedly tries to retrieve the money that was stolen from him. (NR, 92 min.)


Tuesday, June 13, 2023

7:00 PM

A ruthless crook, Walker (Lee Marvin), is betrayed by his partner, Mal Reese (John Vernon), who leaves him for dead on Alcatraz Island. Having survived, Walker returns years later to get revenge. He gets his first lead when a mysterious man (Keenan Wynn) tells him that Reese is now part of a vast criminal organization and dating Walker's wife's sister, Chris (Angie Dickinson). But after contacting Chris, Walker discovers that in truth she loathes Reese and is willing to help him get justice.
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Starring: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn
Director: John Boorman
Genre(s): Crime, Drama, Thriller

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"The ultimate arty 60s thriller."

— Staff, TV Guide Magazine

"Among the great cult movies of the '60s."

— Mike Clark, USA Today

"Showing that 'the little man' CAN make a difference. Marvin is exceptional."

— Clark Collis, Empire

"A landmark in the history of the crime movie, Point Blank's expressive feeling for landscape and architecture anticipates Michael Mann's Heat."

— Philip French, The Observer (UK)

"Though Point Blank is rife with existential malaise, it is also one of the most ferociously sexy crime movies ever made."

— Nick Schager, Slant Magazine

"Point Blank catches the feel of the late '60s and the sunshot, edgy atmosphere of Los Angeles then (the go-go clubs, the used-car lots, the penthouses and the storm drain tunnels) like few movies since."

— Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

"Director John Boorman (Deliverance, Hope and Glory) stretched the limits of 1960s cinematic storytelling with his nonlinear plot construction, experimental camera angles and psychedelic flashbacks."

— Joe Holleman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"The lead character has been aptly renamed Walker, and, as played by Marvin in what may be the actor’s most emblematic performance, he strides through Los Angeles like a gangland golem: watchful, unstoppable, frighteningly silent."

— Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly

"Pre-dating the release of Dennis Hopper’s 1969 American counter-culture classic Easy Rider by two years, Boorman’s Point Blank is also a very trippy, psychedelic affair. Marvin fending off two assailants behind the colourful, swirling backdrop of an avant-garde jazz gig is an evocative snapshot of that period, and just one of the many fetchingly abstract moments this strange and beguiling picture has to offer."

— Adam Lowes, CineVue