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Grosse Pointe Blank [DVD] [1997]

John Cusack , Minnie Driver , George Armitage    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack, Alan Arkin
  • Directors: George Armitage
  • Writers: John Cusack, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, Tom Jankiewicz
  • Producers: Brent Armitage, Donna Roth, Jackie Rubin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Portuguese, Dutch
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jan 2001
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CXYL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,920 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Hit man Martin Q Blank (John Cusack) is in an awkward situation. Several of them, actually. He's attending his high school reunion on an assignment; he's got a rival hit man (Dan Aykroyd) on his tail; and he's going to have to explain to his old girlfriend (Minnie Driver) why he stood her up on prom night. Grosse Pointe Blank is an amiable black comedy, cowritten by Cusack and directed by Jonathan Demme protégé George Armitage (Miami Blues), has the feel of Demme's Something Wild and Married to the Mob--which is to say its humour is dark and brightly coloured at the same time. Cusack and Driver are utterly charming--as is the leading man's sister, Joan, who plays his secretary. (Cusack received an Oscar nomination for her next role, in In & Out.) Alan Arkin is also very funny as Martin's psychiatrist. --Jim Emerson

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A KILLER COMEDY... 5 Nov 2002
This is an offbeat, black comedy about a hit man, Martin Blank (John Cusack), who is undergoing some personal angst about his career choice. He sees a psychiatrist, Dr. Oatman (Alan Arkin), who, once he becomes aware of his patient's profession, wants nothing more to do with him. Moreover, a most unlikely, rival hit man (Dan Ackroyd) is on his tail, looking to clear the field of a potential rival.
What's a conflicted hit man to do? Why go to his tenth year high school reunion in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, of course. There, "Marty" plans to do his final hit and hook up with his high school sweetheart, Debi Newberry (Minnie Driver), whom he unceremoniously stood up on prom night, ten years earlier. Once he gets there, however, things do not go according to plan, and "Marty" is in store for a few surprises.
John Cusack is terrific as the hit man, playing him with just the right blend of sangfroid cool and, at other times, with all the charm of the boy next door. Dan Ackroyd is funny as the unlikely rival hit man. Alan Arkin is excellent as the shrink who does not want "Marty" as his patient. Minnie Driver is the least compelling of those cast in this film, as she adds very little to its success. Joan Cusack, John Cusack's real life sibling, more than makes up for the gap left by Driver, however, as she infuses the role of Marcella, "Marty's" gal friday, with enough pizazz to shore up the film.
All in all, this is a surprisingly entertaining film. Unfortunately, this DVD offers next to nothing by way of special features, and the DVD cover art is cheap and cheesy looking and strictly from hunger. Do not, however, let this deter you from buying this funny and unusual film.
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OK, so it's the tale of a hitman headed back to his high school reunion, and the body count is pretty high. But bizarrely, this is still an incredibly funny and likeable film. Much of the credit for that goes to John Cusack, who turns in a performance of pure John Cusack, which is to say his character Martin Blank is full of the self-doubt, insecurity and self-deprecation he brings to every role. There are many wonderfully constructed scenes in this film too (check out Cusack's nervy, trigger-happy breakfast meeting with rival hit man Dan Akroyd), and the running gag of Cusack telling everyone what he does for a living never tires. It's a superb supporting cast too, with Joan Cusack turning in a typically excellent performance as Martin's secretary, Minnie Driver providing necessary contrast as the very normal girl Martin stood up the night he disappeared, and of course Akroyd as the annoying would-be unioniser of hitmen. It all adds up to one of the most original films you'll ever see. I've recommended this to countless people, and they were all knocked out by it. I defy you not to love it too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He's got a second shot, in more ways than one! 7 Mar 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Martin Blank {John Cusack} didn't follow the same path that his High School pals did. Whilst they went on to become average Joe professionals, Martin became a different sort of professional, a hit man! But now he is weary and back in his home town of Grosse Point for a "job" that also coincides with his ten year High School reunion. The latter of which means meeting up with Debi {Minnie Driver}, the girl he stood up on prom night. But affairs of the heart are not Martin's only concern. Rival assassin Grocer {Dan Ackroyd} is obsessed with getting him to join his "Union" or else, while there's some shifty characters hanging about who quite frankly want to vanish Martin from the planet. It's sure to be a most explosive home coming, in more ways than one.

Quirky, dark, witty and containing a stunning 80s soundtrack, Grosse Point Blank is a multi genre fusion piece that is impossible to pigeon hole. Co-written by Tom Jankiewicz, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink & John Cusack, it provides that rare thing of having a complex story yet, one that doesn't baffle the audience by trying to be too clever. The script is sharp, its humour is not born out of wise cracks and chipper one liners {think Shane Black for instance}, it's more concerned with sidling up next to its cartoon violence with witty irony. The end result being a perfect pair of bed fellows nicely tucked in by director George Armitage.

The cast are on fire. Cussack is always good value, but more so in comedy based pictures. This finds him in his element on a project he dearly cared for, possibly turning in his best career performance. So too, arguably, is Akroyd, who as the unfeeling Grocer is absolutely hilarious.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thirteen Years! Thirteen Years, Man! 3 July 2010
By gixxer
This is just so great.

Dunno about you, but films nowadays are all a bit ...uneventful. Paradoxical for non-stop welters of CGI-powered set pieces, but maybe that's just me.

What happened to the plots and the scripts? They seem to take a very distant last place, where they figure at all.

This is just a pure pleasure to watch and listen to.


proper acting from everyone, but especially John and Joan Cusack;
the direction. You didn't notice it either? Good.

Listening to:

the music;
the script - and how it is delivered absolutely faultlessly.

You can just go back and watch this any time. Entirely satisfying.

And for set piece fans, I give you the choice. Would you rather go and run a You Tube clip from say, 2012, or (pardon my bias), the best fight ever filmed?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Grosse at all, its Mega Pointe Blank
Love him and this is his best film in my opinion, the funniest is his real life sister Joan, not to be missed!
Published 10 days ago by Mrs. J. P. Penny
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Classic B Movie thriller comedy with quality performances by John Cusack, Minnie Driver and Dan Ackroyd, and supported by the perfect soundtrack, with an exceptional yet underrated... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Horatio N
5.0 out of 5 stars "He;s got my vote!"
One of my favourite films
Published 21 days ago by Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars A right giggle.
90's classic school reunion film including hit men.
Published 1 month ago by Spacecadet
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good movie.
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Published 1 month ago by IAN DORAN
5.0 out of 5 stars classic and always watchable
finally got my own copy to watch whenever I want. Just love this film. Entertaining, Cusack at his best. timeless classic
Published 2 months ago by Helena Kean
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Cracking old comedy with a great sound track class tunes with a quality cast well worth the watch I've got to get me the cd sound track
Published 4 months ago by littlej
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this!
Memorable! I really loved this - yes there is a slight moral sleight of hand at the end but heck..... Entertaining!!
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