DVD 107 mins IMDB 7.4 (23,616 votes)
Grosse Pointe Blank
Buena Vista (1997)
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USA  /  English

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
Mitch Ryan Mr. Bart Newberry (as Mitchell Ryan)
Michael Cudlitz Bob Destepello
Doug Dearth Eckhart
Bill Cusack Waiter
Pete Antico Assassin #3
Benny Urquidez Felix La PuBelle
Duffy Taylor Ultimart Carl
Audrey Kissel Arlene
Carlos Jacott Ken
Brian Powell Husky Man

Director George Armitage
Producer Susan Arnold; Roger Birnbaum; Jonathan Glickman; Lata Ryan; Donna Roth
Writer Tom Jankiewicz; John Cusack; D.V. DeVincentis; Steve Pink
Cinematography Jamie Anderson
Musician Chuck Mosely; Frank Black; Gordon Gano; Kyle Neely; Andy Patalan
User Credit 1 Brian Berdan
User Credit 2 Eugenie Bafaloukos

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. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 717951000408
Region Region 1
Chapters 17
Release Date 4/8/2003
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Subtitles Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Strong violence, language and some drug content.
User Text 2 Even A Hit Man Deserves A Second Shot!
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Trivia: In the scene in the Ultimart, during the shootout, the head of Bruce Willis gets shot off of a stand-up cardboard cutout of Pulp Fiction. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: While in the bar the lime slice in Martin's drink keeps switching from one side of the glass to the other side of the glass even though he never touches the glass the whole time. (more)

[Repeated line]
Marty: It's not me.

Awards: 2 wins & 2 nominations (more)