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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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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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$28,014,536, 10 August 1997
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In the hallway during the fight scene with Felix a banner can be seen which reads 'The Future Is Unwritten'. This is a quote from Joe Strummer and also appears on the cover of The Clash's single 'Know Your Rights'. See more »

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When the bomb is rotating in the microwave, there are no sparks as would be present if metal were in a microwave when it is turned on. See more »

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Marty: I'm sorry if I fucked up your life.
Debi: It's not over yet.
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References Volcano (1997) See more »

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Doors of Your Heart
Written by Roger Charlery, Andy Cox (as Andrew Cox), Everett Morton, David Steele, David Wakeling, and Colin Osbourne
Performed by The Beat (as The English Beat)
Courtesy of IRS Records/The English Beat for the United States and Canada; and BMG Entertainment International UK and Ireland Limited for the world excluding the United States and Canada
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Good movie. Particularly the part where John Cusack is using the frying pan to put his point across to the bad guy on the kitchen floor. It's hard not to belly laugh. I thought it took cues from 'Blue Velvet', with its uncommon blend of humour and ultra-violence.

I read that parts of the dialogue were contributed by Cusack and a couple of [real-life] school friends, though cannot confirm this. It's believeable though - for example when he meets the legal guy propping up the bar at the re-union. His offering of the pen, the aside that Cusack should 'read the cap' and asking to use the funny quip - 'they all seem kinda related' - must have been based on a real person. Too sad to be fiction.

Minnie [cab] Driver, Joan Cusack and Dan Ackroyd personalise their performances very well. The support cast were excellent too. The music was an oddly enjoyable mix and the fight sequence with the pen was the most realistic (and exhausting) I'd seen. It was the attention to small detail which swung it in the end though. Cusack's buddy's coke-fuelled, paranoid banter was spot on ("Jenny Slater, Jenny Slater") as was the burning the fingers on the furnace, to name just two random details. The effect of this, is that they all add up to a movie which you can enjoy watching many times. And that makes it a rare gem.


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