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Grosse Pointe Blank
Grosse Pointe Blank
Actors: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack, Alan Arkin
Director: George Armitage
Genres: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
R     1998     1hr 47min

Here's the killer comedy hit that's loaded with outrageous fun! For Martin Blank (John Cusack -- HIGH FIDELITY, SERENDIPITY), a hit man stuck in a career rut, attending his 10-year high school reunion is about the last thi...  more »


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Actors: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack, Alan Arkin
Director: George Armitage
Creators: John Cusack, Brent Armitage, Donna Roth, Jackie Rubin, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, Tom Jankiewicz
Genres: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Dan Aykroyd, John Cusack, Mystery & Suspense
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 05/19/1998
Original Release Date: 04/11/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 04/11/1997
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 47min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Bridgett M. (WalkingAndTalking) from HOPKINS, MN
Reviewed on 12/7/2022...
The movie Grosse Pointe Blank is like the HBO show Barry, but about 20 years earlier, much funnier and there's a high school reunion. I like Barry, but I love Grosse Pointe Blank. It has a great soundtrack, hilarious script and some excellent performances. I could watch it often, and I prefer to watch it rather than attending a high school reunion.

Marcella: "You know, when you start getting invited to your 10-year high school reunion, time is catching up."
Martin Q. Blank: "Are you talking about a sense of my own mortality or a fear of death?"
Marcella: "Well, I never really thought about it quite like that."
Martin Q. Blank: "Did you go to yours?"
Marcella: "Yes, I did. It was just as if everyone had swelled."
4 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
Amy I. (aymee) from HENDERSON, NV
Reviewed on 11/28/2022...
I really enjoyed this wacky, fun movie. Makes me wish I'd seen it years ago when it first was released.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Lydia Z. (grandmalydia)
Reviewed on 9/3/2022...
Not what I was expecting, just a so so movie!
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Larry N. from BEALETON, VA
Reviewed on 3/4/2015...
Interesting movie. I had no idea what to expect, but this is a very different movie for John. Dan was entertaining as usual.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Great Movie, terrible DVD
John Marshall Furlong | Alexandria, KY USA | 01/05/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Grosse Pointe Blank is an unusual movie. A professional hitman returns to his hometown to "do a job" and, while he's there, attend his 10 year highschool reunion. John Cusack plays the role well, charming and remarkably likeable, despite his profession. This "dark comedy" is very clever, and I rate it as one my favorite 90's films. Too bad the DVD isn't up to par. It has next to zero extras. But even that could be passable if the picture was good. First of all, the movie is non-anamorphic. That doesn't make a difference unless you have a 16x9 television, it'll look the same on a regular tv, it's just a pet peeve of mine. But, the transfer we did get is just pathetic; it looks like a (bad) laser disc transfer. The picture is grainy, and there are some definite compression artifacts to been seen. Bottom line: this DVD is worth buying for the movie, no doubt... and since this is the only version available, it's this or nothing. Just don't expect a really terrific picture."
New 2-disc reissue appears to be same NON-ANAMORPHIC disc as
M. Zahn | 09/17/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I went into a local store to check out the packaging for this 2-disc re-release, hoping that Disney would finally release a DVD of Grosse Pointe Blank with a new 16x9 anamorphic transfer. This new disc appears to be the same disc that was released in 1998, and NOT a new anamorphic widescreen transfer. On the back of the package, it still lists "Dolby Digital Surround Sound" and "1.85:1 Widescreen," the same as it did on the original DVD (and the combo GBP/High Fidelity disc that came out later). The new 2-disc release for "High Fidelity" lists the same bonus features as its original release, and showed as "Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions."

It appears the only difference between this release and the original 1998 issue is a second disc with a digital copy for portable video players and updated packaging. I didn't end up buying it based on the packaging and won't until they release a proper version for 16x9 televisions (hopefully a Blu-ray).

I am extremely disappointed that Disney would even bother to re-release such an antiquated, low-quality DVD with only the most minor of improvements (packaging, digital copy). Even if they had not added any bonus features (the original release had none to speak of), an updated anamorphic transfer wouldn't be too much to ask. Will absolutely not buy a copy of Grosse Pointe Blank until a good-quality DVD or Blu-ray is made available."
John Cusack's Best
S. Terrell | Santa Rosa, CA | 05/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first saw this during it's initial VHS release. The story is of Martin Blank, a professional Los Angeles hit man who is drawn back to his rural hometown to both attend his high school reunion and take on a contract to whack a guy. One of the most well-written scripts of the 90's, in my opinion, doesn't work without John Cusack being cast as Martin Blank. He sold the role perfectly, and shines throughout the film, alongside a witty, phenomenal supporting cast of Minnie Driver, Jeremy Piven, Dan Akroyd and Joan Cusack. Often mistaken as completely morbid, the film takes on not only a tone of humor, but that of vengance and morality. You must see this film.The DVD, on the other end, [stinks]. Yet another incredible film thrown out there on DVD with a poor transfer and a trailer for an extra. The film sounds fanastic though, and scenes such as the Akroyd/Cusack gunfight and the destruction of the mini-mart can be greatly enjoyed with a good surround sound setup."