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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.

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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 »


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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 | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The goon stalking Martin Blank is 'Benny "The Jet" Urquidez', a world-champion kickboxer who was also John Cusack's kickboxing instructor. See more »

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The convenience store sign is missing in the shot before it falls to the ground after the explosion. See more »

Quotes

Marty: I'm a professional killer.
Paul: Do you have to do postgraduate work for that?
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References No Nukes (1980) See more »

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Live and Let Die
Written by Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney
Performed by Guns N' Roses
Courtesy of Geffen Records
By Arrangement with MCA Special Markets & Products
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A '90s classic!
2 June 2001 | by Christopher SmithSee 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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