Hit Man Fall Guy
Grosse Pointe Blank
Review Review by Ross Anthony

Great pace, strong dialogue, and a fun fresh angle on the life of a hit man. John Cusack strongly brings to life a professional killer open and frank about his life in a rather detached (yet distinctly every-man kind of way).

Quirky, the film teeters occasionally on ridiculous, but never gives itself up. And while light, the film isn't afraid to fire some heavy shots, or kill somebody. It's a well-balanced fun playful absurdity that keeps the film reeling forward. I can't think of a bad thing to say about this picture itself. However the cover art for the video has a cheesy 80's look to it.

Despite the cover art, and with very little expectations beyond the stars involved, we bought this video at a thrift shop for a dollar ninety-nine. It was worth every penny. :)

Oh, perhaps the idea seed for the films "Analyze This" and "Analyze that," Cusack spends a few quality moments with his timid shrink Alan Arkin. Arkin, as always, plays the part with spark and humor. Unfortunately, the film is not his story and his appearances are quite brief.

Actually Hank Azaria has a very minor roll in the picture as well. And though Dan Aykroyd has a larger roll, this is clearly a John Cusack project.


  • Grosse Pointe Blank. Copyright © 1984.
  • Starring John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack, Alan Arkin.
  • Directed by George Armitage.
  • Screenplay by Tom Jankiewicz, D.V. DeVincentis, John Cusack, Steve Pink.

Grade..........................A- (3/4)

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