Unseen photos from Point Blank part 6
In 1966, “Point Blank” was the first film ever to shoot INSIDE Alcatraz. The legendary maximum security penitentiary had only closed three years previous, in 1963. From John Boorman’s autobiography “Adventures of a Suburban Boy”:“Towards the end of the picture we flew up to San Francisco to shoot the scenes in Alcatraz. We arrived late at night and had to shoot early the next morning. I was exhausted. When Phil Lathrop, the cameraman, asked me where I wanted the camera, I blanked out… Suddenly, Lee was at my elbow. ‘You in trouble?’ My denial was not very convincing. He walked back to the wardrobe truck and started roaring. I looked across, as did the whole crew. He emerged staggering and fell headlong on the concrete floor. He rolled around hollering and singing. Production manager Eddie Wohler came over to me. ‘You can’t shoot him in that state.’ They poured black coffee into him. With the pressure off, it took me only ten minutes to figure out the shots and break down the scene. I went over and told Lee I was ready. He made an immediate and total recovery and we made the scene and the day.”
Walter Hill just mentioned recently how much Point Blank screenplay by Alex Jacobs influenced him.
Hamster President tackles the tough questions.
Robert Mitchum signs an autograph for a young fan whilst shooting The Friends of Eddie Coyle in Boston
Criterion Cover for John Woo’s “Hard Boiled”
Happy 40th anniversary Paper Moon. The film was released May 9, 1973.