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19 Great Revenge Movie Characters
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19 Great Revenge Movie Characters | Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford)
Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford)

Movie: The Big Heat (1953)

What peeved him off? The bad guys kill Dave Bannion’s (Ford) wife, Jocelyn Brando, in an explosion meant for him. This would cause even the mildest-mannered man to Hulk out – and Bannion isn’t the mildest-mannered man to begin with.

Most intimidating quote: “You're out of business, thief.”

A tough ‘tec who’s a lot straighter than a few of his cop colleagues, Bannion goes a very long way off the reservation when gangland types accidentally blow up his wife instead of him. With nothing to lose and gangster’s moll Debby Marsh (Gloria Grahame) lending an erratic hand, the reprisals are swift and brutal in Fritz Lang’s noir classic.

Particular set of skills: Old-fashioned detective work; fist fighting; being as romantic as a pair of handcuffs.

Likelihood of violent death for perps? A lot higher for the pistol in Debby Marsh’s sweaty maw.

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1 You forgot -
perhaps the best revenge movie ever - High Plains Drifter with Clint Eastwood. I prefer Lee Marvin in Point Blank to Mel Gibson in Payback but that may be generational. More

Posted by priffe on Wednesday February 6, 2013, 06:35

2 RE:
No, I'm not an idiot. Casino Royale is considered a reboot to the Bond franchise. The film focusses on Bond's FIRST mission as a double-0 agent and his FIRST interactions with Felix Leiter. Then again, if "Leiter eventually recovers – his leg grows back and he turns into Jeffrey Wright" was meant to be a joke, then it backfired as far as I'm concerned. More

Posted by HornetPrime on Wednesday October 10, 2012, 09:37

3 wtf?
Harry Potter? What about Mad Max? Even Darth Vader gets revenge on the rebel alliance in Empire Strikes Back.,...not to mention Pam Grier in Foxy Brown......this article is rubbish...Harry Potter is for 8 year old's and fat unemployed people who still live with their Mum's.....Fuck this magazine.. More

Posted by davidkie on Wednesday October 10, 2012, 08:47

4 this article was rushed off at the last minute if you forgot...
V for Vendetta (duh?) Once upon a time in the west The Count of Monte Cristo Mad Max Memento Taken More

Posted by whazzafuss92 on Monday October 8, 2012, 20:55

5 Possible Additions?
I'd agree that the count of monte cristo's omission suprised me. Thought maybe Desperado, Lucky Number Slevin and the Sting may have been included too... More

Posted by dingo_safe on Monday October 8, 2012, 12:57

6 RE:
Lovely one.... Amazing language you used.... More

Posted by samortan on Monday October 8, 2012, 11:26

7
Count of Monte Cristo? Eric Draven? The dragon from Enter the Dragon? Darkman? The cast of Sleepers? Pumpkin Head? The Punisher(Tom Jane)? That girl who spat on those Graves? I wish this list had gone to a 100. Also, is HornetPrime trolling with his post or is he genuinely an idiot? More

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on Sunday October 7, 2012, 11:20

8 No Edmondo
Errrrm.....No Edmond Dantes aka the count of monte cristo? One of the most iconic revenge characters? More

Posted by ste_robbo on Saturday October 6, 2012, 20:30

9 no lt. Ripley????
Where the hell is lt. Ellen Ripley? More

Posted by Max Krause on Saturday October 6, 2012, 13:03

10 Tut tut.
Obviously the person who wrote this wasn't paying attention. Casino Royale was a reboot, with a different Bond and a different Leiter. He's not supposed to be the same guy. More

Posted by HornetPrime on Saturday October 6, 2012, 10:06

11 Where's Mel!
Mel Gibson in Edge Of Darkness, also, Mel Gibson in Payback, also, Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon 2 and last but not least: Mel Gibson in Braveheart More

Posted by thewalrus299 on Saturday October 6, 2012, 09:46

12 erm...
I think what pissed Creasey (Man on Fire) off was the fact that he was suicidal when he took the job, looking after little Pita. She brought him back, gave him hope and a spark of new life. Then she was taken, and all of Mexico couldn't stand in his way. Worthy additions Grindhouse classics (+remakes) The Last House on the Left (did I leave something in the microwave?) and I Spit on Your Grave (crows + bath + garden shears). Also....Batman ???? More

Posted by danielthompson99 on Friday October 5, 2012, 18:49

13 Dead Man's Shoes - SPOILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I've just noticed someone else mention this below and it needs to be repeated! If you have never seen Dead Man's Shoes do NOT read the synopsis of it in this feature! Was a bit annoyed not to see Payback on here but you have got Point Blank which Payback was a re-make of so you are forgiven :) (PS. I spit on your grave is a great shout!) More

Posted by guysalisbury on Friday October 5, 2012, 17:28

14 Come on Empire!
No THRILLER: THEY CALL HER ONE EYE; I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE; FEMALE PRISONER 701: SCORPION! Thanks for not including PAYBACK though because it's rubbish!! More

Posted by jdfxxx on Friday October 5, 2012, 15:39

15 Spoilers ftw
I know this is a list of classic revenge movies and most people who watch a fair few films should have seen them all, but this article contains a HUUUUAAAGGEE!!!!! Dead Man's Shoes spoiler!! Fun list though, I'm watching Rolling Thunder and the brilliant Oldboy tonight. More

Posted by jamieross00 on Friday October 5, 2012, 15:38

16 MEL GIBSON!!!
MAD MAX NUFF SAID! More

Posted by ORSON KUBRICK on Friday October 5, 2012, 14:14

17 FIST OF FURY
Come guys give BRUCE LEE a Shout, even though Kill Bill is a homage! Or his boy BRANDON LEE in the CROW!! More

Posted by ORSON KUBRICK on Friday October 5, 2012, 14:10

18 RE: Where the hell is Mel?
I don’t know about you, but my top revenge movies would include: Payback (absolutely no doubt) Lethal Weapon 2 Robocop Unforgiven IP Man The Crow Last Man Standing Hard Target Bourne Supremacy Rocky III The Brave One Road to Perdition Fist of Legend Enter the Dragon Hard Boiled More

Posted by Hillsman on Friday October 5, 2012, 13:55

19 Where the hell is Mel?
The fact that Payback is not on here has personally offended me More

Posted by jimmyakey on Friday October 5, 2012, 12:51

20 RE: Umm and Where is Alex Murphy?
Oh come on!! Most intimidating quote from Dead Mans Shoes is surely "You ya C***!!!!!!" More

Posted by Porrohman on Friday October 5, 2012, 12:36

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