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Point Blank (BD)
Two years after he is double-crossed and left for dead by his dirty partner, gangster Lee Marvin seeks deadly revenge. This action-packed thriller stars Oscar-winner Marvin ("Cat Ballou," "The Dirty Dozen"), Angie Dickinson ("Dressed to Kill," TV's "Police Woman"), Emmy-winner Carroll O'Connor (TV's "All in the Family," "In the Heat of the Night"), and Keenan Wynn ("Mary Poppins," "Dr. Strangelove"). Directed by Academy Award-nominee John Boorman ("Deliverance," "Hope and Glory"). Produced by Oscar-winner Robert Chartoff ("Rocky," "Raging Bull").]]>
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'Point Blank' is based on 'The Hunter', the first Parker novel, since then retitled as 'Point Blank' in its book incarnation. In the film Parker is called Walker (for no apparent reason) bud it faithfully played by Marvin, who is the best screen Parker so far encountered. Although the script takes considerable liberties with the novel's plot at times, this is the film that gets closest to the cold, methodical genius of the parker we know and love from the novels. Robert Duvall's Parker in 'The Outfit' was hampered with a motivation the literary
Parker would never have needed (vengeance after his brother is killed) while Peter Coyote's Parker in 'Slayground' is hamstrung by a plot that veers millions of miles away from the book, which was utterly absurd as 'Slayground' is one of the most visuallly kinetic novels I've ever read (and I've read a couple of thousand) and still cries out for a faithful film adaptation. Mel Gibson in 'Payback'?...say no more. MG is a buffoon who lacks the gravitas to come anywhere near the effectiveness of one of the minor characters in any Parker novel, let alone the greatest antihero of them all himself. Finally, De Niro comes close to Parker in 'heat' (in which he plays a similar character) but his downfall comes through sentimentality, something the emotionless workmanlike Parker of the novels would never allow to cloud his judgement.
No, if you love the novels, then Lee Marvin is the closest we've had to an authentic depiction of Parker (especially in his physicality) and Boorman has done the best job thus far of bringing Stark's existential vision to the screen.
And if none of this means anything to you - if you like crime cinema and have not seen 'Point Blank', you don't like crime cinema. Now where is the DVD edition ?