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Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

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Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time.

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George Armitage

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Tom Jankiewicz (story), Tom Jankiewicz (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Martin Q. Blank
Minnie Driver ... Debi Newberry
Alan Arkin ... Dr. Oatman
Dan Aykroyd ... Grocer
Joan Cusack ... Marcella
Hank Azaria ... Steven Lardner
K. Todd Freeman ... Kenneth McCullers
Jeremy Piven ... Paul Spericki
Mitchell Ryan ... Mr. Bart Newberry
Michael Cudlitz ... Bob Destepello
Benny Urquidez ... Felix La PuBelle
Duffy Taylor Duffy Taylor ... Ultimart Carl
Audrey Kissel Audrey Kissel ... Arlene
Carlos Jacott ... Ken
Brian Powell ... Husky Man
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Storyline

Martin Blank is a freelance hitman who starts to develop a conscience, which causes him to muff a couple of routine assignments. On the advice of his secretary and his psychiatrist, he attends his 10th year High School reunion in Grosse Pointe, Michigan (a Detroit suburb where he's also contracted to kill someone). Hot on his tail are a couple of over-enthusiastic federal agents, another assassin who wants to kill him, and Grocer, an assassin who wants him to join an "Assassin's Union." Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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A comedy about a hit man, a high school reunion, and the girl he left behind. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grosse Pointe Blank See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,870,397, 13 April 1997

Gross USA:

$28,014,536
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the scene where Jeremy Piven first sees Martin, he brings Cusack over to his BMW. His BMW is parked in front of a red zone, even though his car is the only one that is on the curb and there are plenty of legal spaces for him to park. See more »

Goofs

When Martin kicks down the door in the Miami hotel and shoots the man in the stomach, the slide on his Glock is locked back (empty). When he puts the gun to the mans face the slide is forward and there is another bullet in the chamber. See more »

Quotes

Marty: Oatman? Don't hang up. Listen, I didn't kill anyone - except some guy tried to kill me, so if I see that guy again, I'm definitely gonna kill him, but I'm not going to kill anybody else. I'm on my way to the reunion now with Debi, but I'm just a little nervous, and I'd like to do a phoner.
Dr. Oatman: OK, repeat after me. "I am at home with the me. I am rooted in the me who is on this adventure."
Marty: I am at home with the me, I am rooted in the me who is on this adventure.
Dr. Oatman: Good. Now take a deep breath, and ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in V.I.P.: Val Point Blank (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Walk Like an Egyptian
Written by Liam Sternberg
Performed by The Bangles
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing and Courtesy of Mushroom Records Pty Ltd.
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Great Movie
2 December 2007 | by eastbergholt2002See all my reviews

I love this movie. Grosse Pointe Blank is smart and witty and has a stunning 1980s soundtrack. Martin Blank (Cusack) is an angst ridden international hit-man who has stopped enjoying his work. He searches for meaning in his life and returns to Grosse Pointe, Michigan for his 10th year High School reunion and one last job. Blank meets his mom, some old friends and discovers that his childhood home has been knocked down to make way for a convenience store. He ponders his life choices and has recurring dreams about Debi Newberry (Driver) the girl he stood up on Prom night.

Blank's activities have attracted a collection of hit men trying to find an excuse to kill him. These include Aykroyd, two federal agents and a freelance Basque hit-man. There is a shoot-out at the end and overall the film has a large body count, but Cusack makes Blank seem like a lovable version of Jason Bourne. The film is something of an ensemble piece with great comic performances from Alan Arkin, Joan Cusack, Jeremy Piven and Aykroyd. The film pokes fun at the loner tough guy hero featured in so many Hollywood movies. At the time of its release the story was a little unusual but Mr and Mrs Smith has since explored similar territory of rich cosmopolitan assassins trying to blend into ordinary American life.

Blank spends most of the movie in pursuit of Debi. Will she forgive him? Will he have time to complete his assignment? This is my idea of a great movie. It's funny and clever and the characters are flawed but likable.


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