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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Martin Q. Blank
... Debi Newberry
... Dr. Oatman
... Grocer
... Marcella
... Steven Lardner
... Kenneth McCullers
... Paul Spericki
... Mr. Bart Newberry
... Bob Destepello
... Felix La PuBelle
Duffy Taylor ... Ultimart Carl
Audrey Kissel ... Arlene
... Ken
... Husky Man
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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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Rated R for strong violence, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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11 April 1997 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

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$28,014,536, 10 August 1997
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Alan Arkin and John Cusack would later appear in America's Sweethearts (2001). In both films, Arkin plays a mentor to Cusack's character. Hank Azaria also appears in both films. See more »

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At Debi's house, Martin's baseball cap is taken off and put on one of her bed posts. After they do the "airplane" and he is leaving, it's in his back pocket even though no one took it down. See more »

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[Grocer walks into the diner carrying a brown bag]
Mr. Grocer: Easy there, Chief. I don't see Hollow-Point Wound Care on the menu.
Marty: [whispering] Up, up...
[they lay their guns on the table]
Marty: Why are you in Detroit? Redwings need a new goon?
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Written, Performed and Produced by Joe Strummer and Richard Norris
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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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