• Payback (1999)

Payback

Release Date: February 5th, 1999

DVD Release Date: July 27th, 1999

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: Thriller , Action

Production Co: Icon Entertainment International

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Revenge, Intense, Underdog, 1990s, Gritty, Wife, Dark

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan 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

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    While there's quite a bit more graphic bloodshed and brutality here than in any of the late screen icon's vehicles, Payback is a worthy '90s successor to his kind of movie. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    There is much cleverness and ingenuity in Payback, but Mel Gibson is the key. The movie wouldn't work with an actor who was heavy on his feet, or was too sincere about the material. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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