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GROSSE POINTE BLANK

SYNOPSIS:
Charming and proficient as a hired gun, Martin (John Cusack) has established a lucrative business, specialising in assassinations. Although extremely successful, he begins to realise that his life still lacks meaning. In his earnest search to find ‘fulfilment and truth’, he decides to return home to Grosse Pointe, Michigan, for his ten year high school reunion, where he plans to reunite with Debi (Minnie Driver), the girl he left behind, as well as doing ‘one last hit’. Martin’s past and present collide when his arch rival Grocer (Dan Aykroyd) shows up with plans to erase his future.

"Deliciously black with a witty, unpredictable script and compelling performances, Grosse Pointe Blank is a jewel of a film that will dazzle even the darkest night. John Cusack (Martin) is cool, calm and wonderfully absurd; his sense of comedy and timing oozes confidence. Cusack shows considerable versatility in this role, which is that of a real charmer with child-like enthusiasm. Imagine a hit-man, about to top his target, while discussing dry cleaning and feeding the cat? Alan Arkin is outstanding as Martin’s anxious shrink, Dr Oatman. Here is an actor who adds so much to a role, and is delightful to watch, as he plays the victim who does not want a hit-man as a patient. The entire cast is wonderful. Minnie Driver is just right as Debi, while Joan Cusack as Martin’s assistant Marcella, with her gymnastic mouth, is an absolute scene stealer. It’s one of those films where everything works and there’s a lot of business going on. The script is fast, witty and funny. The direction is innovative and interesting. The music soundtrack is bright, light-hearted and snappy with enough pizzazz to lift you into the mood. Dry, droll and delectable, Gross Point Blank is one of those film… to die for."
Louise Keller

"For all the above – and I must admit I did find it enjoyable for most part – I have a reservation about this film, and it has to do with the very things that tickled Louise’s fancy: assassin talks dry cleaning – assassin feeds cat – assassin is normal. All of those things are no longer unique or even novel in movies. Alan Arkin, whom I like and admire greatly, is terrific as the shrink, but again, it’s a bit of déjà vu. The element that kept the film going for me (other than the actual pace of it) was the excursion into the reality of a high school reuinion and the surreality of the final shoot out between Cusack and Akroyd."
Andrew L. Urban

"How refreshing to come across an American film that dares to be different, an unconventional work that is witty, unpretentious and with a dry, laid-back feel, even during its action sequences. It's a fascinating premise, telling the story of a seemingly cold hired killer whose confrontation with his past via a school reunion, reminds him of his own humanity. John Cusack, who both co-produced and co-wrote this little gem, is perfectly cast here, and delivers his droll dialogue with beautiful and funny precision. Cusack also cast his sister, Joan, as his sometimes cool and calm secretary, and she's wonderfully effective, while Minnie Driver is effective as the young woman the once unflappable Mr. Blank left behind in the hometown to which he has reluctantly returned. Smart and intelligent, Grosse Pointe Blank occasionally rambles, but otherwise delivers a comedy that is unique in style and content. Sharply realised films like this don't come along every day, especially from the Hollywood studio system. Catch it before it disappears."
Paul Fischer

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GROSSE POINTE BLANK (M15+)
(US)

CAST: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd, Alan Arkin, Joan Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Hank Azaria, K. Todd Freeman, Michael Cudlitz, Benny Urquidez, Mitchell Ryan, Barbara Harris Ann Cusack

PRODUCER: Susan Arnold, Donna Arkoff Roth, Roger Birnhaum

DIRECTOR: George Armitage

SCRIPT: Tom Jankiewicz, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack (story by Jankiewicz)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jamie Anderson

EDITOR: Brian Berdan

MUSIC: Joe Strummer

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Stephen Altman

RUNNING TIME: 107 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 27, 1997

 







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