Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Payback/Point Blank

Mark Blumenthal (
Mon, 2 Aug 1999 14:03:14 -0500

> Ah, bien, I still prefer PAYBACK, but don't get me wrong, I thought Lee
> Marvin was great in the same role in POINT BLANK, a cold machine, totally
> professional. It was the way Boorman told the story that I found less than
> enthralling.
> In fact, if the time machine was working, it might have been neat to see
> Marvin in PAYBACK. Maybe Gibson is too much a lippy smart ass

That's the whole point. Lee Marvin was born to play the role. For the movie to be true to the book and subsequent series Porter has to be a ruthless, efficient machine. As long as the basic outline of the plot is maintained, minor plot details and differing directorial styles don't matter. If Porter is a "lippy smart ass" the movie is a dud. Mark Blumenthal

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