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A troubled NYPD cop is framed for murder and finds himself being hunted by the police, the mob, and a ruthless corporation.

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Sam Lake (story), Sam Lake (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James McCaffrey ... Max Payne (voice)
Haviland Morris ... Michelle Payne (voice)
Chris Phillips ... Alex Balder / Mercenary / Killer Suit (voice)
Jane Gennaro Jane Gennaro ... Nicole Horne / Computer (voice)
Adam Grupper ... B.B. / Policeman / Mercenary (voice) (as Adam Gruper)
Peter Appel ... Jim Bravura / Announcer / Boris Dime (voice)
Tye Alexander ... Joey Finito / Virgilio Finito / Mobster (voice) (as Tye Reign)
Joe Dalo ... Vinnie Gognitti / Pilot / Chemist (voice) (as Joe Dallo)
Chelsea Altman Chelsea Altman ... Kyra Silver (voice)
Joseph Ragno ... Angelo Punchinello / Mobster (voice) (as Joe Ragno)
Joanie Ellen Joanie Ellen ... Candy Dawn (voice)
Ricky Ashley Ricky Ashley ... Captain Baseballbat-Boy (voice)
Victoria Pontecorvo Victoria Pontecorvo ... BicycleHelmet-Girl (voice)
Joe Maruzzo ... Rico Muerte / Transit Police / Joe Salem / Mobster (voice)
John Randolph Jones ... Alfred Woden / Butler (voice)
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Storyline

Max Payne, a cop in the NYPD, returns home one day to find his wife and baby daughter murdered at the hands of drug addicts, high on a designer drug called Valkyr. After 3 years of working on the case, Max and his best friend Alex go undercover to bust a V-deal. However, things go wrong: Alex is suddenly killed, and Max is framed for his murder. Hunted by the cops and driven by determination to avenge his family, Max Payne sets out to uncover the truths behind his family's murder. Written by Kerwin Tsang

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Max Payne. A man with nothing to lose. See more »


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Release Date:

23 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The license plate on Vladimir's car is VODKA. See more »

Goofs

The entire game takes place in the US, yet at least twice in the game we can see safety signs that say "no unauthorised persons beyond this point" (the common UK spelling of "unauthorized"). See more »

Quotes

[Max is still hallucinating on Valkyr, and encounters the same note as before]
Max Payne: There was something disturbingly familiar about the note on the desk. The handwriting was all pretty curves.
Michelle Payne: [the note reads] You're in a computer game, Max.
Max Payne: The truth was like a green crack through my brain. Weapon statistics floating in the air, glimpsed out of the corner of my eye. the repetitious act of shooting, time slowing down to show off my moves. The paranoid feeling of someone controlling my every step. I ...
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, when you complete the game, the following text appears on the screen: Max Payne has only started his journey through the night. The pain has only just begun. More will follow. See more »

Alternate Versions

Aside from the controls, the PlayStation 2 version alternates from the PC version.
  • There are no quick saves on PS2 and the chapters are divided into several sub-chapters with different names for each.
  • The World Trade Center towers are also removed from the intro on PS2 and the graphic novel panel showing them at the beginning of the chapter "Backstabbing Bastard" is replaced with a different image.
  • The Roman numerals for the "Part" description of the loading screens were replaced with just normal numbers.
  • The graphic novel scenes use a different font than PC.
  • An additional credits movie was added with new music in the main menu. The PS4 release also adds 1080p support and trophies.
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References Payback (1999) See more »

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Bloody Brilliant.
28 December 2004 | by Le-SamouraiSee all my reviews

To this day no game has gripped me like "Max Payne". I remember I got this one Friday afternoon and had it beat by Sunday morning. Yes I did spend most waking hours playing it, but that is a testament to the game's story. I rarely find myself addicted to a game's story. I rarely find myself wanting to know where the story goes. In games, plot does take a backseat to game play for me. But "Max Payne" got it right. It's short enough not to lose focus from beginning to end, but long enough to become a deep and immersive experience. The game's pacing is flawless. The style by which the story is told – graphic comic strip narrated by the hard-boiled Payne is also perfect and adds much to the game's style an atmosphere.

The much-hyped slow motion aspect of the game is simply the icing on the cake. There is nothing like jumping into a room – gun in each hand – in slow motion and re-enacting your favourite John Woo action scene. Nothing. It is true that the A.I. isn't the small tool in the box, but what lack in brains they make up for in numbers. The vast selection of weapons is also impressive, though I have myself found myself going through the entire game using only handguns except when other guns are essential to the objective. But that's just the Woo fan in me.

The graphics were jaw-dropping at the time and are still damn impressive today. There was times when I was simply amazed at the details: if you got the camera right behind Max's shoulder you could see the micro-fabrics of his jacket and the singular strands of his hair. Bullet hits were also impressive – both visually and in their restraint. They remind me a lot of Exley's shotgun massacre in "L.A. Confidential". Debris flies over the place but not in an over-the-top Woo or "Matrix" way. This helps retain the gritty realism the makers were striving for.

"Max Payne" is derivate of a lot of works and is quite clichéd, but it is executed with style, atmosphere and an immense level of game-making professionalism that makes it an experience unlike any other. Put film noir, John Woo and "The Matrix" into mixer and "Max Payne" is probably what you get. And it's one hell of a cocktail. The game is thrilling, visceral and explosive. What more could you want in an action game?


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