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Payback (1999)

Porter is shot by his wife and best friend and is left to die. When he survives he plots revenge.

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Michael, Bartender #1
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Storyline

Porter is bad, but his neighbours are worse. Street-wise and tough, an ex-marine, he is betrayed by a one-time partner, and shot in the back by his junkie wife. He survives and returns, looking to recover his share from the robbery of an Asian crime gang. The money has passed into the hands of "the Outfit", a slick gangster organisation that runs the city. He has to make his way through a world populated by heroin dealers, prostitutes, sado-masochists, gunmen and crooked cops, a place where torture is a way of life. His only friend is a former employer, a prostitute, and her loyalty is in question, given she now works for the Outfit. He makes good early progress, but then falls into the hands of Fairfax, the crime boss. Written by Kwah-LeBaire

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Rated R for strong violence, language, and drug and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,221,526 (USA) (5 February 1999)

Gross:

$81,517,441 (USA) (9 July 1999)
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Trivia

While the identity of the person assigned to direct the re-shoots of the film following the departure of Brian Helgeland was originally unknown, Mel Gibson revealed in a Hong Kong newspaper interview that that person was production designer John Myhre. Meanwhile, on his website, director Paul Abascal explained that he was the director hired for the re-shoots. See more »

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When Porter and Val rob the Chows, Porter has a cut near his left eyebrow from the crash. Minutes later, in the garage, the cut is noticeably smaller. See more »

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[first lines]
Porter: [voiceover] GSW: that's what the hospitals call it: gunshot wound. Doctor has to report it to the police. That makes it hard for guys in my line to get what I call, quality health care.
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The Thrill Is Gone
Written by Rick Darnell and Roy Hawkins
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6 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Easily one of Gibson's best, and one of the best of it's kind you will ever see. Homage to film noir, combined with usual Gibson tongue-in-cheekness, and some fabulous supporting roles from the likes of Coburn, Kristofferson, Liu, and Devane. Henry does a stirling job here opposite Gibson. Liu is simply wonderful in a role that - worryingly perhaps - looks like it was made for her!

Porter's single-minded, no-nonsense determination to get what he sees as justice for himself strikes a chord, and has you rooting for him right to the end. This film rarely lets up on the intensity, and gets better as it goes along. It will make you laugh and cringe at the same time, but you won't want to take your eyes off the screen for a second. It looks good, feels good, and oozes class. Definitely a must-see.


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