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Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Romance  -  11 April 1997 (USA)
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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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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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Even A Hit Man Deserves A Second Shot! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,870,397 (USA) (11 April 1997)

Gross:

$28,014,536 (USA) (8 August 1997)
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Dan Aykroyd quotes from the book of Revelation during the final shootout. He has a similar diatribe in Ghostbusters (1984). See more »

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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 »

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Mr. Newberry: Design Division wants me dead over a leaky sunroof and you want to kill me because of *that*?
Martin Q. Blank: It's *not* me! Why does everyone always think it's personal?
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Referenced in V.I.P.: Val Point Blank (2000) See more »

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Mirror in the Bathroom
Written by Roger Charlery, Andy Cox (as Andrew Cox), Everett Morton, David Steele, and David Wakeling
Performed by English Beat (as The English Beat)
Courtesy of IRS Records/The English Beat for the United States and Canada; and BMG Entertainment International UK and Ireland Ltd. for the world excluding the United States and Canada
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A '90s classic!
2 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

Although not nearly as popular as it deserves to be, GROSS POINTE BLANK has become an increasingly respected cult flick in the year following its theatrical release and it's not hard to see why. The movie is probably the only film on earth that is able to blend comedy, graphic violence, and romance together perfectly, which is what makes it such a classic. John Cusack is excellent as Martin Q. Blank, a hit-man who attends his ten-year high school reunion. At first he doesn't want to, but decides to go since he has a case there and he wants to see his old girlfriend Debbie (Minnie Driver) again. This dark comedy is heavy on exciting action, suspense, gunfire, laughs, and fun, but it doesn't have not quite enough character development for my taste (a bit more on how Martin became accustomed to killing would have been nice). Still, GROSSE POINTE BLANK was one of the best films of 1997 and one of the better comedies of the 1990s. There were rumors of a sequel happening for a while, though the chances of that happening are slim to none. Too bad.


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