Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

2015 #39
George Ermitage | 103 mins | streaming (HD) | 1.85:1 | USA / English | 15 / R

Grosse Pointe BlankAction comedy starring John Cusack as a hitman who has to face the life he left behind when he’s assigned a job in his hometown on the same weekend as his high school reunion.

In particular, he has to face the girl he abandoned on prom night. She’s played by Minnie Driver, when she was still kinda cute and indie rather than annoying and kinda diva-ish (see also: Good Will Hunting). Other delights: a hilarious supporting cast, including Dan Akroyd, Hank Azaria and Alan Arkin, and a fantastic ’80s-derived soundtrack.

Immensely entertaining, I was this close to giving full marks.

4 out of 5

Grosse Pointe Blank placed 18th on my list of The 20 Best Films I Saw For the First Time in 2015, which can be read in full here.

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4 thoughts on “Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

    • I can see why it would become a favourite. It’s a solid contender for my 2015 top ten (though as we’re not even halfway through the year, who knows how tough that competition will be…)

      According to Blu-ray.com it came out in the US, Canada, Mexico and Australia back in 2012-13, but nowhere else. There’s a Zavvi-exclusive Steelbook version out here in August though, which is as dear as those things always are.

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      • Its really odd sometimes how seemingly random catalogue releases are on blu-ray. GPB was quite popular on its cinema release and on DVD so why it never had a wider blu-ray release is quite odd. Particularly when Zavvi jumps on the expensive steelbook moneytrain with a limited GPB release. Hopefully a standard release will be forthcoming.

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        • I think partly this is the ‘collapse’ of the market from its DVD heyday. It’s why you get lavish releases of utterly obscure B-movies from the likes of Arrow, but semi-major once-popular studio titles languish with nary a sign (especially those belonging to studios that won’t licence to other distributors). Though, it’s even more nonsensical when a disc exists and they’ve just not put it out in certain markets.

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