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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.

Director:

George Armitage

Writers:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Plaćenik See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,870,397, 13 April 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,014,536, 10 August 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Early in the movie, Debi asks her radio audience, "Where are all the good men dead, in the heart or in the head?" This is a modern restructuring from Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" which reads: Tell me where is fancy bred. Or in the heart or in the head? How begot, how nourished? Reply, reply. It is engender'd in the eyes, With gazing fed; and fancy dies In the cradle, where it lies. Let us all ring fancy's knell; I'll begin it - Ding, dong, bell. Ding, dong, bell See more »

Goofs

When Martin and Grocer are shooting at the two bad guys at Debbie's house Grocer's pistols both are shown with the slides locked back indicating they are empty. The pistol in Martin's left hand also locks back showing it to be empty but the one in his right hand does not, indicating he has at least one round left in it and he could have shot Grocer. When the scene cuts back to Martin the pistol in his right hand has changed to show the slide locked back. See more »

Quotes

Martin Q. Blank: Do you *really* believe that there's some stored up conflict that exists between us? There *is* no us. *We* don't exist. So who do you wanna hit, man? It's not me. Now whaddya wanna do here, man?
Bob: [Pulls out a folded up piece of paper]
Martin Q. Blank: I don't know what that is.
Bob: These are my words.
Martin Q. Blank: It's a poem? See, that's the problem... express yourself, Bob! Go for it.
Bob: "When I feel... quiet... when... I feel... blue..."
Martin Q. Blank: You know, I think that is *terrific*, what you have right there. Really, I liked it, a lot. ...
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Referenced in Runaway Jury (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Wondering Now
Written by Coxsone Dodd (as Seymour Dodd), The Skatalites, and Andy and Joey
Performed by The Specials
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, a division of EMI
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Consistently surprising and entertaining
22 February 1999 | by SKG-2See all my reviews

One of the complaints about movies these days, and justifiably so, is that they're predictable. This movie is not predictable, and I never thought I'd be able to say that about a movie with four credited writers. Every time you think you can guess where it's going, it throws a curve. It was also very funny, which is nice because good comedies are becoming a rare species. John Cusack continues to show what a great actor he is as hitman Martin Blank. He doesn't wink at the audience, saying, Oh look, I'm a hitman, but plays him as normal, with the right amount of misgivings and tenacity. Minnie Driver is quite good as the woman he's still obsessed with (although she was good in GOOD WILL HUNTING, she should have been nominated for this performance), and Alan Arkin and Jeremy Piven were good, as ever, in support. The surprise, however, is Dan Aykroyd. Just when I was prepared to write him off forever, he comes through with a great performance here. The soundtrack is terrific too, avoiding the cliched 80's songs to provide a fresh, and compatible, score.


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