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Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

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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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 »


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

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11 April 1997 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,870,397 (USA) (13 April 1997)

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$28,014,536 (USA) (10 August 1997)
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The location, 'Ultimart' appeared before as 'Buds', in Lethal Weapon 3 (1992). Also the Martin/Grocer battle features action suggested by Sgt.Riggs in the same movie. See more »

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When Martin first walks into the radio studio, Debi says, "And, here's The Specials, doing... one of their songs." The next shot shows an LP start spinning on a player near a rack of 8 tracks. After that, Debi pushes her chair back from the controls. Right before she goes back, the same player behind her, right next to the 8 tracks, is spinning a completely different LP. To the left of the spinning player is another identical player with yet another completely different LP, but it is not spinning and the tone arm is retracted. See more »

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Debi: [about the man Martin killed at the reunion] He was trying to kill you, right?
Marty: Yes.
Debi: It wasn't the other way around?
Marty: No.
Debi: Is it something you've done?
Marty: It's something I do... professionally, for about five years now.
[He lifts the gun in his hand]
Debi: [Gasps] You were joking! People joke about the horrible things they *don't* do, they don't *do* them! It's absurd!
Marty: When I left, I joined the Army, and when I took the service exam, my psych profile fit a certain... "moral flexibility" would be the only way ...
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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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White Lines
Written by Sylvia Robinson and Melle Mel (as Melvin Glover)
Performed by Melle Mel (as Grandmaster Melle Mel)
Courtesy of Rhino Records/Castle Copyrights Ltd.
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8 January 1999 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Good movie. Particularly the part where John Cusack is using the frying pan to put his point across to the bad guy on the kitchen floor. It's hard not to belly laugh. I thought it took cues from 'Blue Velvet', with its uncommon blend of humour and ultra-violence.

I read that parts of the dialogue were contributed by Cusack and a couple of [real-life] school friends, though cannot confirm this. It's believeable though - for example when he meets the legal guy propping up the bar at the re-union. His offering of the pen, the aside that Cusack should 'read the cap' and asking to use the funny quip - 'they all seem kinda related' - must have been based on a real person. Too sad to be fiction.

Minnie [cab] Driver, Joan Cusack and Dan Ackroyd personalise their performances very well. The support cast were excellent too. The music was an oddly enjoyable mix and the fight sequence with the pen was the most realistic (and exhausting) I'd seen. It was the attention to small detail which swung it in the end though. Cusack's buddy's coke-fuelled, paranoid banter was spot on ("Jenny Slater, Jenny Slater") as was the burning the fingers on the furnace, to name just two random details. The effect of this, is that they all add up to a movie which you can enjoy watching many times. And that makes it a rare gem.


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