Point Blank

Film, Thrillers
4 out of 5 stars
Point Blank 1967

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

British director John Boorman’s 1967 Hollywood debut (he was hired off the back of Dave Clark Five vehicle ‘Catch us if you Can’, amazingly) is a slippery beast. The story – from Donald E Westlake’s frequently adapted novel ‘The Hunter’ – is magnificently simple. Walker (Lee Marvin) wants revenge on the hoods who left him for dead, so he goes out and kills them, one by one. Marvin was never better, the ruthless personification of late ’60s bulldog cool, all snarling quips and sharp suits. And Angie Dickinson is equally magnificent as his squeeze Chris, simultaneously remote and needy, brittle and brash.

Boorman’s flashy direction hasn’t aged quite so well. His unashamedly Godardian smash-cuts and off-kilter angles add style and there are moments of breathtaking visual creativity, from the not-quite-freeze-frames over the opening credits to a series of confrontational close-ups when things turn violent. But at times, it feels a touch self-conscious – a box of directorial tricks employed to compensate for an occasional lack of real substance elsewhere.

By: Tom Huddleston



Release details

92 mins

Cast and crew

John Boorman
Alexander Jacobs, David Newhouse, Rafe Newhouse
Lee Marvin
Angie Dickinson
Keenan Wynn
Carroll O'Connor
Lloyd Bochner
Michael Strong
John Vernon
Sharon Acker
James B Sikking
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