January 18th, 2011: Point Blank (1967)


Cast and Crew: Donald E. Westlake (original novel); Carroll O’Connor; Angie Dickinson; Keenan Wynn; Sid Haig

What It’s About: After a successful robbery, Walker’s (Lee Marvin) partner, Mal Reese (John Vernon), and his wife Lynne (Sharon Acker) shoot him and leave him for dead.  Walker returns and wants just one thing:  the $93,000 Reese and Lynn stole from him.  There’s one problem:  Reese used the money to buy himself a comfortable position in the Organization, and now he doesn’t have the money-and the Organization is not in the habit of paying money out to just anyone.  Unfortunately for the Organization, Walker is not just anyone.

Why Watch it Today?: Director John Boorman was born today in 1933.  Point Blank was Boorman’s second feature film (he directed the Dave Clark 5 vehicle Having a Wild Weekend two years earlier in 1965), a wonderful marriage of then-cutting edge film techniques and style to a lean crime novel premise.  Add in an intense, brooding performance by Marvin, a game supporting cast, an air of mystery (exactly how did Walker survive, where did he come from, and what does he hope to do once he has his money?) and you have the makings of a hard-boiled classic.

Where to Get It:  iTunes, Netflix (Rental only) or Amazon

The Trailer

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