Grosse Pointe Blank

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Overview

Most people have trouble deciding what to say when they're asked what they've been doing with their lives at a High School reunion, but Martin Blank as played by John Cusack has a different problem than most -- he has to make his career sound less interesting than it actually is. Martin is a former CIA operative who is now a freelance hit man, making good money for killing people he doesn't know. However, Martin's game has been a bit off lately; he's no longer happy in his work, and both his secretary Marcella ...
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Overview

Most people have trouble deciding what to say when they're asked what they've been doing with their lives at a High School reunion, but Martin Blank as played by John Cusack has a different problem than most -- he has to make his career sound less interesting than it actually is. Martin is a former CIA operative who is now a freelance hit man, making good money for killing people he doesn't know. However, Martin's game has been a bit off lately; he's no longer happy in his work, and both his secretary Marcella Joan Cusack and his psychiatrist, Dr. Oatman Alan Arkin, who is more than a bit nervous about having a hired assassin as a patient, think that Martin should accept an offered assignment in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, his old home town, which would conveniently coincide with his ten year high school reunion. While in Grosse Pointe, Martin discovers that his high school sweetheart, Debi Newberry Minnie Driver, is still living in town, and still holds a grudge against him for standing her up on prom night. While Martin tries to sort out his past and tie up loose ends with Debi whom he still loves, he discovers someone in Grosse Pointe is out to kill him; he's also confronted by the highly unstable Mr. Grocer Dan Aykroyd, a fellow hit man who wants Martin to join forces with him and form a union and isn't keen on taking no for an answer. Grosse Pointe Blank was a pet project for star John Cusack, who co-wrote the screenplay and also served as co-producer.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2012
  • UPC: 786936825770
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Presentation: Anniversary Edition / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 11,284

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
Pete Antico Assassin #3
Brent Armitage Cosmo
David Barrett Bicycle Messenger
Bobby Bass assassins
Laurence Bilzerian assassins
Michael Cuditz Bob Destepello
Michael Cudlitz Bob Destepello
Ann Cusack Amy
Bill Cusack Waiter
Doug Dearth Eckhart
D.V. DeVincentis Dan Koretsky
Sara Devincentis Doctor Oatman's Patient
K.K. Dodds Tracy
Traci Dority Jenny Slater
Jenna Elfman Tanya
K. Todd Freeman Ken McCullers
Colby French Bartender
Lance A. Gilbert Assassin
Barbara Harris Mary Blank
Barbara Harris Mary Blank
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
Mitchell Ryan Bert Newberry
Duffy Taylor Ultimart Carl
Wendy Thorlakson Melanie The Waitress
Benny Urquidez Felix La PuBelle
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
Tom Jankiewicz Original Story, Screenwriter
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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best movie of it's genre-black comedy with a little love story inserted

    by far, the best action-comedy-love story i've seen. and it makes it a lot funnier coz john cusack knows how to handle the character-he created it! minnie driver is also good as the revenging old girlfriend. so is jeremy piven-undoubtedly the most under rated comedy actor alive. alan arkin, well, alan arkin is alan arkin. like a true thespian of old school, he gave a good accounting of his character as he always does. one honorable mention though, had joan cusack given more scenes, she could have been the actual star of the movie. her acting is so infectious, it's hard not to like her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grosse Pointe Blank

    hilariously entertaining!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Action, romance, comedy & great soundtrack!

    The main character goes back to his high school reunion (10 years). Unfortunately, he is a hired hit man (what do you you say when everyone asks you what you do for a living?!) This movie has a GREAT sense of humor! Lots of action & great soundtrack!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grosse Point Blank - Grosse Kino

    This was one of the best films I've ever seen. Charme, Jokes, fantastic dialogues and characters are only a few reasons, why Grosse Point Blank is a great act.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!

    it's funny packed with action and deals with the agony of being a hitman. what more do you need besides it's got a little love story intertwined with it.

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