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R| 1 hr. 41 min.

Plot Summary
Porter (Mel Gibson) is a thief betrayed by both his wife, Lynn (Deborah Kara Unger), and his partner, Val (Gregg Henry), when he is shot in the back after a heist. Slowly, Porter recovers from his wounds and begins a search for Val, intent on recovering his share of the money they stole together. With the aid of prostitute Rosie (Maria Bello), Porter captures Val but still cannot find his cash. For this, Porter will have to challenge an imposing crime syndicate called the Outfit.

Cast: Mel Gibson , Gregg Henry , Maria Bello , Deborah Kara Unger , David Paymer , Bill Duke , Jack Conley , William Devane

Director: Brian Helgeland

Genres: Action, Thriller

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Payback (1999)

Release Date: February 5th, 1999|1 hr. 41 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Payback is a brutally entertaining crime drama that should have been a little more brutal and a little less entertaining. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Payback has a completely different spirit from "L.A. Confidential'' -- more wild, more silly -- but it has the same attention to the fine points of plot and character. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Marvin leavened his sociopathy with a hint of little boy naivete or innocence -- Gibson is merely a frequently funny thug. {5 February 1999, Life, p. 11E] show more

  • October 17, 2013 Mr. Wonderful
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    THIS IS MEL GIBSON\'S VERSION OF FILM NOIRE, AND HE DOES IT JUSTICE. IT WOULD SLIDE RIGHT INTO PLACE WITH All the old classic movies of this type. IF ONLY DOCTORS IN THE REAL WORLD COULD HEAL PEOPLE THE WAY THEY GET HEALED IN FILMS! THEY GET BANGED AND KICKED AROUND AND CAN STILL FUNCTION IN THE NEXT SCENE.

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