Grosse Pointe Blank

Grosse Pointe Blank

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Director: George Armitage

Cast: George Armitage, John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd

     
 

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Grosse Pointe Blank never got the attention it deserved, but it is one of John Cusack's better films. While the DVD, like most early releases, lacks supplemental features, it is nonetheless a great opportunity to see the movie's successful blend of neurotic humor and well-choreographed action with an impressive 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen transfer andSee more details below

Overview

Grosse Pointe Blank never got the attention it deserved, but it is one of John Cusack's better films. While the DVD, like most early releases, lacks supplemental features, it is nonetheless a great opportunity to see the movie's successful blend of neurotic humor and well-choreographed action with an impressive 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen transfer and Dolby Sound. While it is an early transfer, the print looks good and is clear of dirt or grain. The sound outshines that of the video release and actually makes the disc an impressive sample of the audio and visual potential of DVD, at least for the early years of the format. The audio transfer also upholds the film's quirky comic interplay in its quieter moments while waiting to really deliver the goods during the action scenes. The theatrical trailer is the only special feature on the disc. While it would have been nice to hear a John Cusack and George Armitage commentary track, the disc is still worth hunting down for Cusack fans or lovers of dark comedy and gunplay.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
This is an offbeat, very likeable film about a hitman (John Cusack) who takes an assignment in his hometown, where he is also due to attend a reunion dance. While he's there, he gets an opportunity to take stock of himself, make amends with the woman (Minnie Driver) he stood up on prom night, and figure out just which way his life is going to go. Considering that its subject is a professional assassin, Grosse Pointe Blank is for the most part a surprisingly warm and gentle film, with some fun supporting turns from Joan Cusack and Alan Arkin. It only goes astray near the end, when it lapses into a formula shoot-out, but is still worthwhile and highly entertaining.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/1998
UPC:
0717951000408
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
2,811

Special Features

French-language track/two-channel stereo; Spanish subtitles; Original theatrical trailer; Chapter search

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cusack Martin Blank
Minnie Driver Debi Newberry
Dan Aykroyd Mr. Grocer
Alan Arkin Dr. Oatman
Joan Cusack Marcella
Hank Azaria Steven Lardner
Jeremy Piven Paul Spericki
K. Todd Freeman Ken McCullers
Michael Cuditz Bob Destepello
Benny Urquidez Felix La PuBelle
Mitchell Ryan Bert Newberry
Barbara Harris Mary Blank
Ann Cusack Amy
Pete Antico Assassin #3
Brent Armitage Cosmo
David Barrett Bicycle Messenger
Bobby Bass assassins
Laurence Bilzerian assassins
Bill Cusack Waiter
D.V. DeVincentis Dan Koretsky
Sara Devincentis Doctor Oatman's Patient
Doug Dearth Eckhart
K.K. Dodds Tracy
Traci Dority Jenny Slater
Jenna Elfman Tanya
Colby French Bartender
Lance A. Gilbert Assassin
Carlos Jacott Ken
Audrey Kissel Arlene
Belita Moreno Mrs. Kinetta
Pat O'Neill Nathaniel
Steve Pink Terry Rostand
Brian Powell Husky Man
Eva Rodriguez nurse
Jackie Rubin Marie
Duffy Taylor Ultimart Carl
Wendy Thorlakson Melanie The Waitress

Technical Credits
George Armitage Director
Stephen Altman Production Designer
Susan Arnold Producer
Eugenie Bafaloukos Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Berdan Editor
Roger Birnbaum Producer
John Cusack Co-producer,Screenwriter
D.V. DeVincentis Screenwriter
Jonathan Glickman Executive Producer
Jamie Anderson Cinematographer
Josh King Asst. Director
Junie Lowry-Johnson Casting
Scott Meehan Art Director
Steve Pink Co-producer,Screenwriter
Art Rochester Sound/Sound Designer
Donna Arkoff Roth Producer
Lata Ryan Executive Producer
Joe Strummer Score Composer
Ron Surma Casting
Tom Jankiewicz Original Story,Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program Start [:31]
2. Opening Credits [3:26]
3. Botched Plan [3:26]
4. Talking to Dr. Oatman [3:47]
5. The Ultimart [4:10]
6. A Chat With Mom [:53]
7. Surprise Visit [8:19]
8. Showdown [2:32]
9. Profiles [3:30]
10. Breakfast Partners [1:56]
11. Friendly Chat [7:59]
12. The Reunion [5:20]
13. The Nurse's Office [2:33]
14. Deadly Brawl [6:51]
15. The Truth [6:47]
16. Shoot-Out at Debi's [6:47]
17. End Credits [:48]

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