The heist goes smoothly enough. The cash is already hot. So when Porter (Mel Gibson) and Val (Gregg Henry) steal it, they're in the clear.

Time comes around to split the take and Val makes three grave mistakes: he takes Porter's cut; he takes Porter's wife and tries to take Porter's life. Problem is, when you kill this guy, you better make sure he's dead.

Porter soon resurfaces, reborn with a serious case of tunnel-vision. He wants his cut and doesn't care what he has to do to get it. Now, everyone in the city's criminal underworld, including an air-tight syndicate called The Outfit, have Porter's cross-hairs trained on them.

"PAYBACK," starring Academy AwardŽ-winner Mel Gibson, is a Paramount Pictures presentation of an Icon production. Based on the novel The Hunter, by Richard Stark, the film is directed by Brian Helgeland from a screenplay written by Brian Helgeland and Terry Hayes. The film is produced by Bruce Davey and executive produced by Steve McEveety. Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, David Paymer and Deborah Kara Unger co-star. Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Viacom Inc.

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