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
There are several Bond movie references, including the attempted poisoning by string (You Only Live Twice (1967)), and the Guns N Roses version of the theme from Live and Let Die (1973) which Martin listens to just before enters the Ultimart for the first time (when he enters the Ultimart it changes to a Muzak version of Live and Let Die that picks up exactly where G&R left off). There are also references to Goldfinger (1964) See more »
In the cemetery, Martin removes the cork from the whiskey bottle, leaving some of the foil on the neck. When he upends the bottle, whiskey pours unevenly because the foil is blocking part of the bottle opening. In the next shot there is no foil on the bottleneck and the whiskey pours freely. See more »
[Carrying on multiple conversations over the phone]
Okay, got it.
[the other line beeps]
Wait, hold on a second.
[switches to the other line]
Pacific Trident Global. Janice?... Yeah, where the fuck is it? I ordered it three days ago... No, that doesn't work. That's, that's not right. Let me go over it again, alright? Let's see: 3,000 rounds of 9mm sub-sonic. You had that. I gave that to you on the fucking list!... Well I don't give a God-damn where it is, you get it here ...
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A hit man returns to the Detroit area for his high school reunion, coincidently the location of his next assignment. This is an enjoyable comedy that just doesn't quite put it all together; the mixture of comedy and violence is somewhat jarring. The cast is terrific. Cusack does well as the hit man who tells everyone that he's a professional killer, and of course everyone thinks he's kidding. Sister Joan is amusing as his loyal secretary while Aykroyd has fun as a maniacal rival hit man who wants Cusack to join him in some sort of hit man union. Arkin is funny as Cusack's reluctant shrink. Even the much-maligned Driver is fine as the love interest.
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