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A troubled NYPD cop is framed for murder and finds himself being hunted by the police, the mob, and a ruthless corporation.


Sam Lake (story), Sam Lake (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
James McCaffrey ... Max Payne (voice)
Haviland Morris ... Michelle Payne (voice)
Chris Phillips ... Alex Balder / Mercenary / Killer Suit (voice)
Jane Gennaro Jane Gennaro ... Nicole Horne / Computer (voice)
Adam Grupper ... B.B. / Policeman / Mercenary (voice) (as Adam Gruper)
Peter Appel ... Jim Bravura / Announcer / Boris Dime (voice)
Tye Alexander ... Joey Finito / Virgilio Finito / Mobster (voice) (as Tye Reign)
Joe Dalo ... Vinnie Gognitti / Pilot / Chemist (voice) (as Joe Dallo)
Chelsea Altman Chelsea Altman ... Kyra Silver (voice)
Joseph Ragno ... Angelo Punchinello / Mobster (voice) (as Joe Ragno)
Joanie Ellen Joanie Ellen ... Candy Dawn (voice)
Ricky Ashley Ricky Ashley ... Captain Baseballbat-Boy (voice)
Victoria Pontecorvo Victoria Pontecorvo ... BicycleHelmet-Girl (voice)
Joe Maruzzo ... Rico Muerte / Transit Police / Joe Salem / Mobster (voice)
John Randolph Jones ... Alfred Woden / Butler (voice)


Max Payne, a cop in the NYPD, returns home one day to find his wife and baby daughter murdered at the hands of drug addicts, high on a designer drug called Valkyr. After 3 years of working on the case, Max and his best friend Alex go undercover to bust a V-deal. However, things go wrong: Alex is suddenly killed, and Max is framed for his murder. Hunted by the cops and driven by determination to avenge his family, Max Payne sets out to uncover the truths behind his family's murder. Written by Kerwin Tsang

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Release Date:

23 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Mad Max (1979), The Punisher (1989), Hard Boiled (1992), Loaded (1995) and The Matrix (1999) are influences behind the game. See more »


The entire game takes place in the US, yet at least twice in the game we can see safety signs that say "no unauthorised persons beyond this point" (the common UK spelling of "unauthorized"). See more »


Jack Lupino: I have tasted the flesh of fallen angels... I've tasted the Devil's green blood. It runs in my veins. I have seen beyond the world of skin, the architecture of blood and bone marrow... Death is coming...
Jack Lupino: She is coming, and Hell follows with her. this is the twilight winter. I am ready to be her son! Her time is now, and all who stand in her way must die!
Jack Lupino: Die!
Jack Lupino: You'll die, you'll die, now, all die.
[He howls again]
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Alternate Versions

Aside from the controls, the PlayStation 2 version alternates from the PC version.
  • There are no quick saves on PS2 and the chapters are divided into several sub-chapters with different names for each.
  • The World Trade Center towers are also removed from the intro on PS2 and the graphic novel panel showing them at the beginning of the chapter "Backstabbing Bastard" is replaced with a different image.
  • The Roman numerals for the "Part" description of the loading screens were replaced with just normal numbers.
  • The graphic novel scenes use a different font than PC.
  • An additional credits movie was added with new music in the main menu. The PS4 release also adds 1080p support and trophies.
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References Full Contact (1992) See more »

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User Reviews

Now here's what an action game should be. (* * * * out of * * * *)
14 October 2005 | by AngryMovieNerdSee all my reviews

Now here's what an action game should be. Max Payne is like a tribute to such Hollywood action icons, such as The Matrix (1999) and director John Woo. This is one of the best video games I have played in a long time. Never in a video game have I seen such good graphics, great dialogue, and intense action.

At best, a game like Max Payne runs like a television marathon series. The game is separated into three chapters with at least seven parts each, including the amazing graphic novels.

The game has a promising premise: DEA agent Max Payne is framed for the murder of his partner, Alex Balder, during a robbery in a New York subway station. With his partner dead, Payne is framed for the crime and the robbery. The case takes a bigger turn with the flow of a new drug in the city, and the possibility of a corrupt organization's involvement in supporting the drug (known as Valkyr). For Payne, it's going to be a long night in New York, during the city's snowstorm blizzard of the century.

Max Payne is a dark video game, and the title hero is also the narrator of the story, and while Payne doesn't seem confident in his storytelling, at times, he provides humor during the narration. The game shifts us to the events leading up to Payne being set up.

There is a sad and somewhat unpleasant sequence where Payne's wife and baby daughter are murdered by Valkyr junkies. And there is the possibility that the corrupt Aesir Corp. may be responsible for his family's death.

Payne must also battle a trail of mobsters, security agents, and black ops operatives, who all want him dead.

What makes Max Payne a great video game is the graphics, which uses New York locations we've probably never seen before, such as a run-down night club called Ragna Rock, and an old seaport.

There is even a great chase sequence where Payne chases a mobster from buildings to a construction site, and to the rooftops of New York apartment buildings (Not in that order).

Payne is also given a cache of weapons, such as handguns, grenade launchers, and machine guns. All enough to start a war. There is even a feature known as bullet time (reminiscent of the action styles seen in the John Woo movies), in which Max is able to slow down time and get a better advantage over his enemies. And if you're a hardcore John Woo fan, you'll notice that Payne is also able to do that familiar double handgun leap in the air.

And while Max Payne is such a good game, it does have its minimal flaws, which is its lack of character variety; the mobsters (who resemble Joe Pesci wise-guys), and agents all look essentially the same. The body count, and the amount of bullets used are ridiculously too high. And sometimes shooting someone point blank in the head doesn't work all the time. I guess it's trying to follow that great tradition of the John Woo Hong Kong movies in which there is always a high body count and a person is hit more than once.

Not all levels rely on handguns and automatic weapons. There is a moment that I like where Payne is unarmed and he must fight through a hallway full of thugs with a baseball bat.

There has been rumors that Max Payne is being made into a motion picture by Twentieth Century Fox that will fill in the gaps missing in both games. The video games, alone, are perfect. Max Payne creates a hero, who, if not plausible (he does endure mega doses of violence, and manages to live through the cold, stormy night), is at least persuading as a man determined to find the truth and clear his name.

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