"He knew the depth of our capacity for cruelty and depravity from his war experiences. He had committed such deeds, had plumbed the depths, and was prepared to recount what he had seen down there." ~Director John Boorman on Lee Marvin's acting
They double-crossed Walker, took his $93,000 cut of the heist and left him for dead, but they didn't finish the job. Big mistake. He - someday, somehow - is going to finish them. Lee Marvin is in full antihero mode as remorseless Walker, talking the talk and walking the walk in John Boorman's edgy neo-noir classic filled with imaginative New Wave style, blunt dialogue and Walker's relentless quest that, one by one, smashes into the corporate pecking order of a crime group called the Organization. Angie Dickinson plays the accomplice who uses her seductive wiles to ensnare one of Walker's prey. "I want my 93 grand," Walker growls at him. Throughout, the payoff to that demand is action that "hits like a fat slug from the .38 Lee Marvin uses as an extension of his fist".
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Tagline: There are two kinds of people in his up-tight world: his victims and his women. And sometimes you can't tell them apart.
Lee Marvin was a marine sniper during WWII and was nearly killed in a Japanese foray that wiped out most of his platoon. Says he learned to "act" in the Marines, trying to act unafraid during ferocious combat, which brought him a Purple Heart during invasion of Saipan. Friends said he never fully recovered from these experiences...who could?
This was the first major picture to film on location at Alcatraz Island after the closure of the Federal prison in 1963.
During a rehearsal taking place in the home of Lee Marvin, he hit John Vernon so hard that it made Vernon cry.
When Walker, in Chris' company, switches on the TV at Brewster's house, the music you hear is the overture to Richard Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg"
Despite his reputation as an angel of death, Walker, the character played by Lee Marvin never actually kills anyone. Of the five people to die in the film one would die by suicide, one by an accidental fall, and three would be killed by an assassin played by James B. Sikking (yep Dougie Howser M.D.'s daddy).
Filmmakers like Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino and a slew of Hong Kong action directors credit this film as being one of their biggest cinema influences.
This film has been remade twice; the first remake was the Hong Kong cinema classic Full Contact with Chow Yun Fat and again in 1999 as Payback with Mel Gibson in the lead role.
The body of Lee Marvin was interred next to that of Joe Louis in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
Brewster: You're a very bad man, Walker, a very destructive man! Why do you run around doing things like this?
Walker: I want my money. I want my $93,000.
Brewster: $93,000? You threaten a financial structure like this for $93,000? No, Walker, I don't believe you. What do you really want?
Walker: I - I really want my money.
Brewster: Well, I'm not going to give you any money and nobody else is. Don't you understand that?
Walker: Who runs things?
Brewster: Carter and I run things. I run things.
Walker: What about Fairfax? Will he pay me?
Brewster: Fairfax is a man who signs checks.
Walker: No, cash.
Brewster: Fairfax isn't going to give you anything. He's finished. Fairfax is dead. He just doesn't know it yet.
Walker: Somebody's got to pay.
Chris: What's my last name?
Walker: What's my first name?
And as a special bonus here is an interview of Lee Marvin talking about John Boorman.