Re: RARA-AVIS: Point Blank vs. The Hunter vs. Payback

From: Jesse Willis (
Date: 22 Jul 2007

Which version of Payback are you referring to? There's a recut version on DVD now that more strictly adheres to the original script.


--- Nathan Cain <> wrote:

> Last night I watched Point Blank for the first time.
> I liked the
> movie, but it seems to me the character of Walker as
> played by Lee
> Marvin is a far cry from Westlake's Parker. Walker
> is very much a
> haunted figure, who, at times, seems uncertain of
> what he's doing, and
> why he's doing it. From the couple of Parker novels
> I've read (I've
> never run across a copy of The Hunter), it seems
> like Parker is never
> troubled by any sort of doubts. He is a totally
> amoral professional
> who steals because it's what he does. He never seems
> troubled by his
> career choice, or the use of violence. His stoicism
> and force of
> character (even if it's bad character) are part of
> his charm. I think
> Point Blank managed to lose that aspect of the
> character.
> In fact, I'm going to go out on a limb and say
> that the Parker
> character as played by Mel Gibson in Payback came a
> lot closer to
> Westlake's Parker than Marvin's character did. (On a
> related note, in
> the DVD commentary director John Boorman said the
> original script for
> Point Blank, which both he and Marvin hated, was a
> lot like the script
> of Payback.)


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