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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 »


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

Benny Urquidez's character's name, Felix La PuBelle, is pronounced the same way as "poubelle," which is the French word for garbage can. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, the interior door between the Ultimart counter and video game opens into another store. Before the battle with Felix, the door instead leads to the outdoors, as trees are clearly visible through the window glass. Immediately before the explosion, the other store is again visible through the window. See more »

Quotes

[the Ultimart has just been blown up]
Martin Q. Blank: Are you all right?
Ultimart Carl: No, I'm not all right!
Martin Q. Blank: Take it easy.
Ultimart Carl: I'm hurt... I'm pissed... gotta find a new job!
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References No Nukes (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Rudie Can't Fail
Written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones
Performed by The Clash
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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15 November 2003 | by sharkwrangler1See all my reviews

I found this movie wonderfully complex and startling close to issues in my life. If you can't follow the psycho-babble and jerky dialogue, then you probably don't get Dennis Miller comedy either. I love John's work and was delighted to enjoy his work over and over. I do have one request. Someone, anyone, please, tell me the name of the song playing in the background while John holds the baby in the reunion scene. I couldn't find it on the soundtrack or in any listing. Please, email me with the answer. I'll send you a souvenir from Juwanna Mann or the Patriot if you help me. Thanks.


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