Point Blank
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Based on Donald E. Westlake's novel The Hunter, John Boorman's gangster film hauntingly merges a generic revenge story with a European art cinema sensibility. In Alcatraz to divvy up the spoils from a robbery, thief Walker (Lee Marvin) is instead shot point blank by his double-crossing friend Mal Reese (John Vernon) and left to die while Reese takes off with Walker's wife Lynne (Sharon Acker) and his $93,000. Resurrected, the stone-faced Walker returns to Los Angeles a couple of years later to seek revenge on Mal with the help of the enigmatic Yost (Keenan Wynn) and Lynne's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There are moments of breathtaking visual creativity, from the not-quite-freeze-frames over the opening credits to a series of confrontational close-ups when things turn violent."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"An almost experimental discourse on crime, punishment and revenge brilliantly shot by Philip H. Lathrop."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"A movie to saviour again and again on the biggest screen you can get to."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Boorman brings an existential bleakness and depth to his genre material (adapted from Donald E. Westlake's novel), and Marvin's minimal dialogue enhances the impact of his performance."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Heady stuff, and the third best film of 1967."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"It gets back into the groove of Hollywood thrillers, after the recent glut of spies, counterspies, funny spies, anti-hero spies and spy-spier spies."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Boorman brought a fresh eye to the LA locations in a film frequently remade but never equalled."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Has aged as well as Lee Marvin's brown jacket and tangerine shirt ensemble - that is to say, spectacularly."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"Gritty, raw crime drama featuring tough Lee Marvin."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"...one of the best, toughest, and most grimly cold-blooded mystery noirs Hollywood has given us."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"One of the four supreme masterworks in a major oeuvre ..."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"An intriguing, disorientating 60s artefact."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Can be seen as heralding a turning point in Hollywood cinema, which was to lead to the innovative filmmaking of the 1970s and beyond."
‑ Paul Huckerby, Electric Sheep
"O roteiro pouco inspirado ganha novos contornos graças à performance durona de Marvin e, principalmente, as experiências de montagem feitas por Henry Berman."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Marvin carries much of the film on his gravelly, innate charm, but even he can't sustain one note that long"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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