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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Tom Jankiewicz (story)
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Release Date:
11 April 1997 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Even A Hit Man Deserves A Second Shot! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Mitch Ryan ... Mr. Bart Newberry (as Mitchell Ryan)

Michael Cudlitz ... Bob Destepello

Benny Urquidez ... Felix La PuBelle
Duffy Taylor ... Ultimart Carl
Audrey Kissel ... Arlene

Carlos Jacott ... Ken

Brian Powell ... Husky Man

Ann Cusack ... Amy

D.V. DeVincentis ... Dan Koretzky

Barbara Harris ... Mary Blank

Wendy Thorlakson ... Melanie the Waitress

Belita Moreno ... Mrs. Kinetta
Patrick O'Neill ... Nathaniel (as Pat O'Neill)

Jenna Elfman ... Tanya

Steve Pink ... Terry Rostand
K.K. Dodds ... Tracy
Bill Cusack ... Waiter

Traci Dority ... Jenny Slater

Doug Dearth ... Eckhart

Colby French ... Bartender
Brent Armitage ... Cosmo
Jackie Rubin ... Marie
Sarah DeVincentis ... Dr. Oatman's Patient
Eva Rodriguez ... Nurse
David Barrett ... Bicycle Messenger
Bobby Bass ... Assassin #1
Lance Gilbert ... Assassin #2

Pete Antico ... Assassin #3
Laurence Bilzerian ... Assassin #4
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Phil Aslaksen ... Student (uncredited)

Karmyn Tyler ... Student (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Armitage 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Tom Jankiewicz (story)

Tom Jankiewicz (screenplay) and
D.V. DeVincentis (screenplay) &
Steve Pink (screenplay) &
John Cusack (screenplay)

Produced by
Brent Armitage .... associate producer
Susan Arnold .... producer
Roger Birnbaum .... producer
John Cusack .... co-producer
Jonathan Glickman .... executive producer
Steve Pink .... co-producer
Donna Roth .... producer (as Donna Arkoff Roth)
Jackie Rubin .... associate producer
Lata Ryan .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Jamie Anderson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Brian Berdan 
 
Casting by
Junie Lowry-Johnson  (as Junie Lowry Johnson)
Ron Surma 
 
Production Design by
Stephen Altman 
 
Art Direction by
Scott Meehan 
 
Set Decoration by
Chris L. Spellman  (as Chris Spellman)
 
Costume Design by
Eugenie Bafaloukos 
 
Makeup Department
Colleen Callaghan .... hair stylist
Todd Masterson .... prosthetic makeup effects designer
Cindy J. Williams .... makeup artist (as Cindy Jane Williams)
 
Production Management
Steven Brown .... unit production manager
Pat Rand .... post-production manager: Caravan Pictures
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen Altman .... second unit director
Marcei A. Brown .... second assistant director (as Marcei A. Brubaker)
Tom Carleton .... first assistant director: second unit
Evan Gilner .... second second assistant director
Josh King .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Matthew R. Altman .... on-set dresser (as Matthew Altman)
Aneikit Bonnel .... art department coordinator
Anthony Maccario .... property master
Michael Reinhart .... construction coordinator
Tim Snowber .... leadman
R. Lucas Stewart .... construction foreman
Thomas R. Wagner .... assistant property master (as Thomas Geraci-Wagner)
Thomas R. Wagner .... on-set property master /armorer (as Thomas Geraci-Wagner)
Cliff Carothers .... general foreman construction (uncredited)
Bryan Corbett .... foreman (uncredited)
Beth Emerson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ted Haigh .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Timothy O'Brien .... carpenter (uncredited)
Fred O'Connor .... propmaker (uncredited)
Tim Park .... set dresser (uncredited)
Fred Seibly .... sign supervisor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Benjamin Beardwood .... dialogue editor
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Dean Drabin .... adr mixer
Dean Drabin .... foley mixer
Joe Earle .... sound effects editor (as Joseph Earle)
Eric Erickson .... adr editor
Eric Erickson .... foley editor
Mark C. Grech .... cable person (as Mark Grech)
Ann Hadsell .... adr recordist
Sarah Hammond .... foley walker
David Hankins .... supervising sound editor
Robin Harlan .... foley walker
James Hebenstreit .... adr editor (as James B. Hebenstreit)
James Hebenstreit .... foley editor (as James B. Hebenstreit)
Randall L. Johnson .... boom operator (as Randall Johnson)
Mark Kamps .... assistant sound editor
Gary Lewis .... dialogue editor
Myron Nettinga .... sound effects editor
Ralph Osborn .... dialogue editor
Steve Pederson .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Perry .... sound re-recording mixer
Art Rochester .... sound mixer (as Arthur Rochester)
Bruce Tanis .... sound effects editor
Frank Wolf .... sound engineer
Eric J. Goldstein .... boom operator (uncredited)
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Paul Hickerson .... special effects foreman
Ron Trost .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Steven Davis .... computer graphics (as Steve Davis)
John C. Bush .... computer graphic artist (uncredited)
Michael Curtis .... digital trailer effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jeff Brockton .... stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (as William Burton Jr.)
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Lisa Dempsey .... stunts
Eddy Donno .... stunts
Richard M. Ellis .... stunts (as Richard Ellis)
Thomas Robinson Harper .... stunts (as Tom Harper)
Greg Harris .... stunts
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunts (as William H. Hooker)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
Kevin L. Jackson .... stunts (as Kevin Jackson)
Anthony Kleeman .... stunts
Stacy Logan .... stunts
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (as Ronnie Rondell)
David Welch .... stunts
David Barrett .... stunts (uncredited)
Christian J. Fletcher .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill H. Schwocho .... stunt double (uncredited)
Benny Urquidez .... fight coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael J. Bailey .... best boy electric (as Michael Bailey)
Greg Banta .... electrician
Ken Berkhout .... electrician
Randy Berrett .... grip
Tom Campau .... camera operator: second unit
Billy Clevenger .... first assistant camera
James D. Doherty .... best boy grip (as James Doherty)
Daniel Duggan .... grip (as Danny Duggan)
Jimmy Ferguson .... loader
Jay Galbo .... electrician
Carlos M. Gallardo .... dolly grip (as Carlos 'Coco' Gallardo)
Melinda Sue Gordon .... still photographer
Conrad W. Hall .... camera operator
Suzanne Hanover .... still photographer
John Haskell .... electrician
John Layne .... electrician
Ted Lewis .... grip
Karl Linde .... second assistant camera
Robert W. Morgenroth .... video supervisor (as Robert Morgenroth)
David Morton .... gaffer (as Dave Morton)
Peter Wagner .... key grip
Jay M. Huntoon .... video assist operator (uncredited)
David Katz .... video assist operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Justine Baddeley .... casting assistant
Libby Goldstein .... casting assistant
Kathy Mooney .... extras casting (as Kathy Mooney-Ellis)
Dixie Webster .... extras casting (as Dixie Webster-Davis)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adrienne Childers .... costumer
Maurice Palinski .... costumer
Scheris Shephard .... costumer
Barcie Waite .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Joanne Abrams .... post-production associate
Marisa Johnston .... post-production coordinator: Caravan Pictures
Gloria Kaiser .... color timer
Blake Maniquis .... first assistant editor
Alan Z. McCurdy .... second assistant editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Blake Danforth .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music consultant
Bryan Carrigan .... score consultant (as Brian Carrigan)
D.V. DeVincentis .... music consultant
Chris Douridas .... music consultant
Parker Logan .... assistant music editor
Jill Meyers .... music clearance
Kathy Nelson .... music supervisor
Angie Rubin .... music editor
Sharlotte Blake .... soundtrack executive producer: London Records (uncredited)
Bryan Carrigan .... music programmer (uncredited)
Bryan Carrigan .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Elvis Costello .... song producer (uncredited)
Michael Fey .... music executive (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
William Ballard .... transportation captain (as Bill Ballard)
Dan Dengel .... transportation coordinator: second unit
Gary Shephard .... transportation coordinator
Larry Shephard .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Joanne Abrams .... production secretary
Samuel F. Arroyo .... craft service
Gerard Averill .... assistant location manager
Scott Bartolick .... helicopter operator: second unit
Ralph Coleman .... location manager
Graham Cousens .... production assistant: second unit (as Graham Cousins)
Deirdre De Tappan .... production coordinator: Caravan Pictures
Doug Dearth .... assistant: Mr. Cusack
Doris Donnenberg .... assistant production coordinator
Ned Dowd .... head of production: Caravan Pictures
Aaron Greene .... assistant: Mr. Armitage
Walter Horne Jr. .... production associate
Kimberly Jones-Clark .... second assistant accountant
Jessica Krekorian .... assistant: Roth/Arnold
David Krieger .... production assistant: second unit
Joe Lafata .... production assistant: second unit
Karen Laverty .... assistant: Mr. Armitage
Stevie Lazo .... production accountant
Cricky Long .... production associate
Kelly Malone .... stand-in
Alex McClain .... production associate
Brian Powell .... assistant: Mr. Cusack
Kelly Richards Ralston .... first assistant accountant
Huey Redwine .... stand-in
Anne S. Reilly .... unit publicist
Woody Schultz .... production associate
Bill H. Schwocho .... stand-in
Robert Sharman .... video coordinator
Kerry Shea .... production coordinator
Laura Simmons .... set medic
Julie Stuppler .... assistant: Mr. Glickman, Caravan Pictures
Cathy Thomas .... location manager: second unit
Lisa Thomas .... payroll accountant
Dennis Thorlaksen .... production associate (as Denny Thorlakson)
Barbara Tuss .... script supervisor
Marlena Wilkens .... assistant: Mr. Birnbaum, Caravan Pictures
Nellie Adami .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Nicholas de Wolff .... acting coach (uncredited)
Gary Ferraro .... caterer (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
Lauren Lloyd .... studio executive (uncredited)
Michael Parks .... location manager (uncredited)
K.L. Connie Wang .... assistant script clearance administrator (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence, language and some drug content
Runtime:
107 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:14A (Ontario) (video rating: 2004) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:12 (TV version) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #34841)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
When John Cusack first goes round to Minnie Driver's house she says, "You can't come in," in a Jamaican accent. This is a reference to the song which is playing in the background - "You're Wondering Now" by The Specials, which starts off with a knock at the door followed by one of the band saying the same thing in the same (albeit more authentic) accent.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: While in the bar the lime slice in Martin's drink keeps switching from one side of the glass to the other side of the glass even though he never touches the glass the whole time.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Grocer:Here's the new stuff, kid. Durazac 15. Makes Prozac seem like a decaf latte. Want a couple? I've got jars.
Marty:I don't do that stuff anymore.
Mr. Grocer:No wonder you got the shakes. And don't say "do it," because I don't "do it." I *ingest* it, on orders from my neurophysiologist. It's legal. In five years they'll be putting it in the water for the citizens, like fluoride.
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24 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), 8 January 2006
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

I've keeping my run of John Cusack movies with each trip to the library. Not that I'm on the lookout for his old movies deliberately, it just happens. Not that I'm complaining, but he's always been one of the few who play characters so diverse, it's almost impossible to stereotype him. He's fast becoming one of my favorite actors, besides Morgan Freeman, and Denzel Washington, amongst others.

School reunions are one of those social events that you either love, or loathe. If you're a somebody back then, and are sort of somebody right now, it presents to you an opportunity to brag about it. If you're cruising along fine, then you're probably curious about how others are doing, and want to take stock. If you're a nobody then, or now, then you'll probably not want to attend at all.

John Cusack plays Martin Blank, a professional hit-man whose at the crossroads of that decision. 10 years ago, he abandoned his date for the prom, and never made contact ever since. Also, he's wondering how he could possibly tell anyone about his current profession. He's also finding that life is becoming meaningless, and is seeking for something to lift him up from the doldrums.

His secretary (played by real life sister Joan Cusack - there are a total of 4 Cusack siblings in this movie) arranges a perfect opportunity for him to mesh work and play, and packs him off back to Grosse Pointe. Naturally he seeks out his old flame Debi Newberry (Minnie Driver), and tries his best to make amends by offering to go to the reunion with her.

However, his nemesis and hit-man rival Grocer, played to hilarity by Dan Ackroyd, is mad at Blank for not wanting to join up in his union, and he wants to bump Blank off. He's provided with some of the best dialog, and banters with Cusack so well, you just beg for more of their scenes together.

It's a quirky movie (aren't most of Cusack's movies) which is thoroughly enjoyable with its excellent selection of songs, wonderful dialog, and delightful action toward the end. Watch out too for a short appearance by Jenna Elfman! The Code 1 DVD is nothing to shout about - the bare bones version.

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