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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.


George Armitage


Tom Jankiewicz (story), Tom Jankiewicz (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
3,990 ( 111)
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Even A Hit Man Deserves A Second Shot! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


After Martin arrives in Grosse Point and drives past Debbie's radio Station, she plays The Clash's "Rudie Can't Fail." Lyrics to the song include the lines "I went to the market, to realize my soul. What I need, I just don't have." This foreshadows Martin's own journey for to his boyhood home that has since been turned into a quick stop market, an Ultimart. See more »


The drinks on the table after Martin rearranges them. See more »


Marty: What about those two guys in a Caprice Classic outside? The word is you turned two Governments on me, you turncoat.
Mr. Grocer: Me?
Marty: You.
Mr. Grocer: Go G?
Marty: Yes.
Mr. Grocer: On you?
Marty: Yes.
Mr. Grocer: Never.
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


Sharks Can't Sleep
Written and Performed by Tracy Bonham
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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"Mirror in the Bathroom"
22 June 2019 | by UniqueParticleSee all my reviews

Perpetually phenomenal every time I see it! Among one of John Cusack's best roles, I would've loved to have seen this in theaters, and I hope it gets a rerelease via fathom events at some point. This has one of the best soundtracks, an exquisite cast, some badass moments, and some fairly good writing. Really deserves praise and appreciation! I'm always intrigued by this sweet hitman movie whenever I get a chance to see it.

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Release Date:

11 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,870,397, 13 April 1997

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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