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 [show more]
Disillusioned professional killer Martin Blank (John Cusack) attends his 10-year high school reunion en route to a hit, imposed as penance for a job that didn't quite go to plan. Cusack is beyond brilliant as a man in the midst of it all: struggling to make sense of his life whilst avoiding the FBI, rival assassin Grocer (Dan Ackroyd on fine form) and coming to terms with the life he left behind. Director George Armitage gets the tone just right; as John Woo style violence blends in with poignant humour and pathos. Scenes in which Blank attempts to salvage his relationship with first love Minnie Driver (the girl he stood up on prom night, and hasn't seen since), explain his decade long absence to best friend Jeremy Piven, make it through the reunion and ".discover a newfound respect for life" are played with tongue planted firmly in cheek but retain an honesty that makes the movie stand out from its peers. An Excellent script, great performances all round and a classic retro '80s soundtrack made 'Grosse Point Blank' one of my favourite films in 1997. And now, when the film with a retro theme has eclipsed its own narrative time span, 'GPB' is still as good as it ever was. Comedy-drama at its best: A must own.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Grosse Pointe Blank is the witty, dark comedy starring John Cusack that's being hailed by both critics and audiences for its outlandish plot and irreverent humour! Unlike his High School friends who become respected professionals, Martin Blank (Cusack) found a lucrative career as a hit man. But the job has lost its appeal and Martin faces an uncertain future. Now, he finds himself back in his home town of Grosse Pointe to attend his ten-year High School reunion complete one last "job" and take another shot at rekindling a romance with the girl he stood up on prom night (Minnie Driver). With Dan Aykroyd as a hilarious rival assassin who wants Martin to join a "union", Grosse Pointe Blank is a killer comedy loaded with action and laughs. Actors John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, Hank Azaria, Mitch Ryan & Jeremy Piven Director George Armitage Certificate 15 years and over Year 1997 Screen Widescreen 1.85:1 Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1) Additional Languages Dolby Surround: Italian ; French Subtitles English ; Dutch ; Portuguese Closed Captions Yes Duration 1 hour 43 minutes (approx)
Hitman Martin Blank's (John Cusack) day goes from bad to worse when he messes up his latest job due to the intervention of his rival, Grocer (Dan Aykroyd). To make amends with his client, Martin has to travel to Grosse Pointe and take out a Federal witness. This trip coincides with his high school reunion, so Martin meets up with his former sweetheart Debi (Minnie Driver), unaware that he is being tailed by two government agents and Felix, another rival assassin who is out for his blood.