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Payback (1999)

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Brian Helgeland

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About the Movie

Mel Gibson gives an unforgettable performance in this explosive film from director Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential), which features a superb supporting cast including William Devane, Maria Bello and Lucy Liu. The Director's Cut allows you to see Payback like you've never seen before: through the eyes of its director. Experience a different version of Porter's (Gibson) drive to avenge those who took his money and leave him for dead. Witness the real Payback.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 74
  • Fresh: 40
  • Rotten: 34
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Its smirking sense of humor and generic self-consciousness suggest that Payback would like to think of itself as a hip descendant of Pulp Fiction. But the movie is utterly devoid of narrative ingenuity and visual and dramatic flair. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Sadism is the film's only real subject, and its only real life as well. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Rotten: In the popcorn sense, it certainly delivers on mindless escapism. In the artistic sense, let's just say that Payback is a long way from Point Blank. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Fresh: A higher class of thriller. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 18, 2008

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Customer Reviews

Where is "Payback:Straight Up"?

This version is pretty good, but "straight up" is twice as good. When "Straight up" is available, I'll come knockin.

Good Movie

never seen the 2nd one but the first is really good if rent rent but if you want to take a chance of buying it it is worth every penny

One of Mel's best

Once in a while a rare gem slips out of Hollywood and slides under the radar. If you like gangster movies, this one is action packed with laughs, and a plot that keeps you glued; I like it because you don't get the typical good guy vs. bad guy plot like most plots. Mel plays a bad guy who gets screwed by other bad guys, with drug pushers, crooked cops, and even his wife over 70 grand. Hats off to the editor of this 1999 version, I'm glad itunes offered it.

Payback (1999)
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1999

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