Grosse Pointe Blank

Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

8 corrected entries

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Corrected entry: In the final shootout, Dan Aykroyd is electrocuted by an unplugged TV. (01:41:20)

Correction: Old CRT-style TVs contain capacitors which can still hold a dangerous level of electricity, especially when the screen is smashed as happens here.


Corrected entry: Blank's assistant says she booked him on a flight to Michigan, but all the while he's in Michigan, he's driving his car, toting a huge suitcase of weapons. Later, she tries to confirm he's going to be on a plane home as well.

Correction: It is a common practice (at least in movies) for hitmen to travel by plane and pick up their weapons when they arrive. We can assume the weapons were shipped ahead of time and will be left behind when he returns.


Corrected entry: At the end of the gunfight at the Ultimart when the bomb in the microwave goes off the explosion starts at the back of the store, by the chillers (right hand side), and not the front where the microwave oven was located (left hand side, by the doors).

Correction: The microwave is located at the back of the store. If you walk into the store and go straight to the back wall, as soon as you turn right to go down the last aisle, it is there on the counter. Freeze-framing my DVD shows that is where the explosion originates.


Corrected entry: When John Cusack and Dan Aykroyd are sitting in the coffee shop, John Cusack knocks a plate out of the waitress' hand onto the floor and the waitress bends down to pick it up. John Cusack runs for the door, the camera pans back, and there is no waitress and no mess on the floor.


Correction: The waitress is shown ducking and running once Martin stands up. The mess on the floor is blocked by items on another table in the foreground.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Dan Aykroyd's character pulls up alongside John Cusack's car, as Aykroyd pulls up Cusack is leaning on the outside of his car talking on his cell phone. They hang up and then talk in person and the camera focuses on them. Once Aykroyd drives away the phone rings again, only this time it's now inside his car without him having moved it.

Correction: Not the same phone. The cell phone is still outside on the trunk; what's ringing is the CAR phone. Rather obvious, since the one in the car is shaped and colored differently from Martin's cell phone.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: When Martin Blank is at the High School reunion he meets an old friend with a baby who hands it to him. After he gives the child back, he takes a photo of the baby and mother. However, the "photo" is represented by a freeze frame with the back of Martin Blank's head in it - impossible if he's the one taking it.

Correction: I think it was the director's decision to do it that way. It would have been awkward for the camera behind Martin to switch to the camera he's holding to take the picture. He captured the moment in a photo without making that extra cut.


Corrected entry: Blank dials his psychiatrist but only uses 7 numbers (plus Send) on his cell phone. Being out of state, he should have dialed 10 numbers.

Correction: My cell phone will automatically dial my home area code (if I do not type in an alternate area code) no matter what part of the country I am in. So, if I am in LA, and need to call home in NY, I don't have to bother with the first 3 numbers. So it is conceivable that Cusack's character is dialing his home area, and does not need to put in the area code, thus only the 7 digits.


Corrected entry: When Martin exits his car when he first drives up to the now Ultimart, formerly his home, a cigarette drops off his lap. Martin Blank does not smoke. John Cusack does smoke.

Correction: We never see Martin Blank smoking, but we never see him taking a shower, either - and that doesn't mean he doesn't do so. Perhaps he's a very light smoker and only has one or two a day. something we aren't around to see?

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Blank goes into the DJ booth to talk to his high school girlfriend, every time the camera goes back and forth to her, her necklace is twisted and then untwisted.

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Debi Newberry: You're a psychopath.
Martin Blank: No, no. Psychopaths kill for no reason. I kill for money. It's a job... That didn't come out right.

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Trivia: The "goon" who winds up fighting John Cusack in the school hallway is Benny "The Jet" Urquidez. He is not only a world-class kickboxer but has also been John Cusack's real-life kickboxing coach for many years.

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Question: Was Doom II (the game played in the Ultimart) ever ported to an arcade machine? I think it would be difficult to produce a real coin-op version of the game (a lot of custom hardware and programming - I don't think any arcade hardware could support Doom back then). Making a prop would be easy by sticking a PC with a TV monitor (to prevent flicker) in a cabinet mock-up, or even just run a pre-recorded tape of someone playing Doom and just have the actor mime it.

Answer: No, Doom II was never available in a commerical arcade cabinet. It must have been specifically designed for the movie.

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