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The Usual Suspects (1995)

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A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.

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Bryan Singer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Baldwin ... McManus
Gabriel Byrne ... Keaton
Benicio Del Toro ... Fenster
Kevin Pollak ... Hockney
Kevin Spacey ... Verbal
Chazz Palminteri ... Dave Kujan
Pete Postlethwaite ... Kobayashi
Suzy Amis ... Edie Finneran
Giancarlo Esposito ... Jack Baer
Dan Hedaya ... Jeff Rabin
Paul Bartel ... Smuggler
Carl Bressler ... Saul Berg
Phillipe Simon Phillipe Simon ... Fortier
Jack Shearer ... Renault
Christine Estabrook ... Dr. Plummer
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Storyline

Following a truck hijack in New York, five criminals are arrested and brought together for questioning. As none of them are guilty, they plan a revenge operation against the police. The operation goes well, but then the influence of a legendary mastermind criminal called Keyser Söze is felt. It becomes clear that each one of them has wronged Söze at some point and must pay back now. The payback job leaves 27 men dead in a boat explosion, but the real question arises now: Who actually is Keyser Söze? Written by Soumitra

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The truth is always in the last place you look. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and a substantial amount of strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Hungarian | Spanish | French

Release Date:

15 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Usual Suspects See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$645,363, 20 August 1995, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,341,568

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,449,356
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally, Keyser Soze was supposed to have the name Keyser Sume, named after Christopher McQuarrie's old boss. He allowed his old boss to read the script, and decided he did not want to be associated with an inherently evil villain, so requested a change be made. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Kobayashi is walking through the office building flanked by his two bodyguards, just before the camera pulls back to reveal Hockney, we see an African-American woman in a white blouse and tan slacks walking along side of Kobayashi. In the next cut to Kobayashi walking through the elevator corridor, if you look to the bank of elevators to the left, you'll see the same woman coming out of an elevator as if she had just come down from one of the upper floors. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Keyser Soze: How you doing Keaton?
Keaton: I can't feel my legs... Keyser.
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Crazy Credits

The editor, John Ottman, edited the movie on film. He felt that all the editing done electronically at the time was horrible because all the good editors were still working on film (which is much more difficult). Because of this he thought about putting "Edited on a piece of s*** Steenbeck" at the end of the credits, but instead settled for the more subtle line "Edited on film." Tim Robbins was directing 'Dead Man Walking' at the time and heard about John's idea, which sparked that film's credit ending of "This film was edited on old machines." See more »

Alternate Versions

The Australian television version left the line-up scene unedited for language. However, all other scenes with strong language, such as McManus's call for payback at the discovery of Finster's body, were shortened or removed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The X-Files: Unusual Suspects (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Steppin' Out
Performed by Paul Nelson
Music by Paul Nelson and Carl Verheyen
Lyrics by Paul Nelson
Courtesy of Montage Records
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If plagiarism were a crime in film techniques, dir...
8 August 1998 | by microcosSee all my reviews

If plagiarism were a crime in film techniques, director Bryan Singer would be imprisoned for life. Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie would be serving a similar sentence. However, since it is not, Singer and MacQuarrie (who have joined forces again after the not-so-successful PUBLIC ACCESS) took advantage and duplicated nothing but the best. From CASABLANCA to PULP FICTION, and even a version of a line (intentionally or otherwise) from BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID.

Many people oppose watching a film with a twist a second time. I disagree. By watching it again you can observe how the director and the screenwriter have hidden and revealed clues, how they have tried to steer the audience away from the ending. First time is for entertainment. Second time is for art. This film is certainly worthwhile to see again. To date, I have watched it five times. (Two of those five times I thought, 'well, I'll just watch about half-an-hour,' but ended up watching the entire film because it is so entertaining.) I'm not exactly a noir fan, so it is assured that this particular crime film appeals to a wider audience.

THE USUAL SUSPECTS has a skilled director, an engrossing screenplay, and ten praiseworthy performances. The film runs a fast 105 minutes. Don't miss a minute of it.


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