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John Cusack, Grosse Pointe Blank
Image credit: Grosse Point Blank: Melinda Sue Gordon
John Cusack, Grosse Pointe Blank
Image credit: Grosse Point Blank: Melinda Sue Gordon

Martin Q. Blank

Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

John Cusack made our list of favorite movie hitmen

PLAYED BY John Cusack

THE LOWDOWN Freelance assassin Blank hopes to kill two birds with one stone by attending his 10th high school reunion and offing a hometown target. Unfortunately, the marked man turns out to be the father of Debi (Minnie Driver), the high school flame with whom he's hoping to reconnect.

WEAPONS OF CHOICE Rifle, .357 Magnum handgun, dinner fork, ballpoint pen

REDEEMING VIRTUE At least he's in analysis (this a good two years before ''The Sopranos'' and ''Analyze This'' made therapy popular for killers), though shrink Alan Arkin remains terrified. Also, he's honest -- he tells everyone at the reunion he's a hitman, knowing no one will believe him anyway.

WHY HE MADE OUR LIST As played by Gen-X icon Cusack in a hilariously deadpan performance, Martin's like so many of us who've gone from adolescent embarrassment to adult frustration -- just a little more extreme.

EW MOVIE GRADE A-

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