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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:

$28,084,357

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,084,357
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Cusack and Jeremy Piven were high school friends much like the movie's story line. See more »

Goofs

While Martin and Debbie are dancing, Arlene Joseph is on the dance floor by the stage. When Felix La PuBelle comes in to claim Sidney Feldman's nametag, Arlene is manning the check-in table. Cut immediately to the next shot, Arlene is back on the dance floor by the stage. See more »

Quotes

Marty: [Looks at a thick red dossier about his next target] You're a handsome devil. What's your name?
[opens it]
Marty: Dumb fucking luck!
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Cities in Dust
Written by Steven Severin, Siouxsie Sioux, and Budgie
Performed by Siouxsie and the Banshees
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Darkly Cynical, even Nihilistic
3 August 2019 | by skepticskepticalSee all my reviews

Grosse Pointe Blank is a whirlwind of a film--no chance the viewer will be bored. But it is quite unsettling in its underlying message, which can be summed up as: ¨Everything is nothing, and nothing is everything.¨ The female protagonist is pathetic, and the depiction of her veers toward a more general misogyny. No matter how horrific the truth is, there is a woman desperate enough to accept it, having once been jilted by a lover who shows up ten years later?

The main theme of this film is just kind of horrible, morally speaking. But it is so kaleidoscopically multigeneric--or, rather, intergeneric--that one can easily ignore any questions of meaning, spending one´s time instead on the multifarious elements of action, noir, romantic comedy, nostalgic comedy, human interest story, etc. Put simply, Grosse Pointe Blank is a big fat garbage pizza of a film. That said, I do own that it is thought-provoking. I imagine that most people who rave about this creation don´t spend much time thinking about its many disturbing implications.

The accompanying music is a walk down memory lane for anyone who was listening to pop music in the 1980s. Not sure whether anyone else will appreciate the score.


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