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Point Blank (MGM 1967, Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson)

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John Boorman directed this taut, bloody thriller, borrowing techniques from the French New Wave. Lee Marvin stars as a husband left for dead by his wife and her gangster boyfriend, but he returns to get what he deserves from the double-crossers, with the help of Angie Dickinson. Now considered one of the most stylish films of the late ’60s, it marked a fruitful collaboration between Boorman and Marvin. Adapted from ‘The Hunter’ by Donald E. Westlake (writing as Richard Stark).

Point Blank was in fact the first Hollywood feature film made by former TV director Boorman. It was initially dismissed by critics as gratuitously violent, yet was to influence a later generation of filmmakers.

production details
USA | MGM | 92 minutes | 1967

Director: John Boorman
Producer: Judd Bernard
Original Story: Donald E. Westlake
Director of Photography: Philip Lathrop
Editing: Henry Berman
Music: Johnny Mandel
Script: Alexander Jacobs
Art Direction: George W. Davis

cast
Kathleen Freeman as First Citizen
Keenan Wynn as Yost
Lee Marvin as Walker
Michael Strong as Stegman
Michael Bell as 2nd Penthouse Lobby Guard
James Sikking as Hired Gun
Angie Dickinson as Chris
Sid Haig as 1st Penthouse Lobby Guard
Carroll O’Connor as Brewster
Lloyd Bochner as Frederick Carter
John Vernon as Mal Reese
Sharon Acker as Lynne
Sandra Warner as Waitress
Roberta Haynes as Mrs. Carter
Victor Creatore as Carter’s Man
Lawrence Hauben as Car Salesman
Susan Holloway as Girl Customer
Priscilla Boyd as Receptionist
John McMurtry as Messenger
Ron Walters as Young Man in Apartment
George Strattan as Young Man in Apartment
Nicole Rogell as Carter’s Secretary
Rico Cattani as Reese’s Guard
Roland La Starza as Reese’s Guard
Roseann Williams as Dancer