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Identity

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Director: James Mangold

Cast: James Mangold, John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet

     
 

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Ten strangers are brought together during a weather emergency, only to discover a far greater danger awaits them in this suspense-drama. A sudden rainstorm in a remote desert town strands a disparate variety of people at a rundown motel. A convict sentenced to death, Malcolm Rivers (Pruitt Taylor Vince), is stuck in transit with his lawyer (Alfred Molina). Ginny and

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Ten strangers are brought together during a weather emergency, only to discover a far greater danger awaits them in this suspense-drama. A sudden rainstorm in a remote desert town strands a disparate variety of people at a rundown motel. A convict sentenced to death, Malcolm Rivers (Pruitt Taylor Vince), is stuck in transit with his lawyer (Alfred Molina). Ginny and Lou (Clea DuVall and William Lee Scott) are a not-especially-happy pair of young marrieds on their honeymoon. Ed (John Cusack) is a bright and resourceful chauffeur working for actress Caroline Suzanne (Rebecca De Mornay). George York (John C. McGinley) is a concerned husband trying to find help for his wife (Leila Kenzle, who was struck by Caroline's limo. Paris (Amanda Peet) is a prostitute who wants to move on to a better life. And Rhodes (Ray Liotta) is a police detective who has in his custody Robert Maine (Jake Busey), a dangerous and deranged criminal. As the rain pours down and motel manager Larry (John Hawkes) tries to care for his customers, one by one the unexpected guests begin losing their lives at the hands of a murderer. As the body count mounts, the stranded travelers struggle to find out who the killer is; however, they also learn each of them has a secret, and that their arrival at the motel has not been a matter of mere chance.

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All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
There's a moment after one of the bigger of Identity's many twists, in which it seems as if the writers have dropped the ball, throwing in a cheap cop-out in lieu of an actual payoff. Luckily, a moment later, one begins to think that the development was more clever than cheap, and simply completely unexpected rather than a cop-out. By the end, after all is said and done, Identity proves itself to be one of the most original and fun thrillers in years. Writers James Mangold and Michael Cooney have crafted a script that is a smart blend of the old-fashioned whodunit and the modern B-slasher film. The execution of the resulting premise of a group of people mysteriously landing at the same motel, finding themselves killed off one-by-one is enough to make the film a winner. But as the story unfolds, it reveals itself to hold even more than meets the eye. As a director, Mangold lends the film an unsettling atmosphere that is half familiarity and half enigma. In addition, the ensemble cast is top-notch, pulling off characters that could have easily come across overly exaggerated and campy if handled incorrectly. Of course not everyone will stick it out past the aforementioned big twist, as some viewers will surely choose to pick apart some of the finer, peripheral details rather than suspend their disbelief a little. But for those who allow themselves to enjoy it for what it is, a refreshingly imaginative film that giddily toys with genres and audience expectations, Identity is sure to please.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2007
UPC:
0043396184558
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
29,675

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cusack Ed
Ray Liotta Detective Rhodes
Amanda Peet Paris
John Hawkes Larry
Alfred Molina Doctor
Clea Duvall Ginny
John C. McGinley George
William Lee Scott Lou
Jake Busey Robert Maine
Pruitt Taylor Vince Malcolm Rivers
Rebecca de Mornay Caroline Suzanne
Carmen Argenziano Defense Lawyer
Marshall Bell District Attorney
Leila Kenzle Alice York
Matt Letscher Assistant District Attorney
Bret Loehr Timothy York
Holmes Osborne Judge
Stuart M. Besser Frozen Body
Frederick Coffin Detective Varole
Joe Hart Bailiff Jenkins
Terence Bernie Hines Bailiff
Michael Hirsch Naked Businessman

Technical Credits
James Mangold Director
Lisa Beach Casting
Stuart M. Besser Executive Producer
Oana Bogdan Set Decoration/Design
David Brenner Editor
Dixie J. Capp Associate Producer
Cindy Carr Set Decoration/Design
Michael Cooney Screenwriter
Mark Friedberg Production Designer
Jess Gonchor Art Director
Sarah Katzman Casting
Cathy Konrad Producer
Nick Mastandrea Asst. Director
Phedon Papamichael Cinematographer
Arianne Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Victoria Ruskin Set Decoration/Design
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Jim Stuebe Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Director's commentary; Deleted scenes with director's commentary; Storyboard comparisons; On the set feature

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Identity 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
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This is such a great movie!!!!!! I loved it as soon as I stepped in the theater!!!!!!! I can't wait until September 2nd, 2003 when it comes out!!!!!! I want it now!!!!!! Eleven strangers are forced to stay at a motel until the storm dies down and the rivers unflood!!!!!! The chaffeur, the actress, the motel manager, the police officer, the escaped convict, the father, the mother, the son, the pregnant wife, the newlywed husband, and the prostitute!!!!!! Who will die first, or last, or in the middle?!!!!!! I know, but do you?!!!!!! Watch this great movie and find out who dun it!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent movie...I say this because the movie ends in such a way that it forces you to look back and remember the scenes in the film to figure out what really happened. I believe this movie is definitely 'Classic-potential' and in every way deserves its credit for being a great film for all. Definitely recommend it to all who are tired of the horror genre that is filled with idiotic characters and plot lines!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie had me guessing the whole way thru.And at the end it had me thinking what the F*** just happened. It was very good. I was speach less. This is one to own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Identity is the greatest movie on the face of the earth!!!!!! It is so good!!!!!! Each time I watch it I learn something new!!!!!! Ten strangers get stranded at a hotel with the manager, Larry Washington. The ten strangers: Ed Dakota, the chaffeur, Caroline Suzanne, the actress, George York,the husband, George's wife, Timothy York, the son, Paris Nevada, the prostitute, Robert Maine, the escaped convict, Rhodes, the police officer, Ginny Virginia, the newlywed wife, and Lou Isiana, the newlywed husband. Slowly they start dying, and they find out a terrible secret!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is wonderful, it's one of those that makes you want to watch it again after you see the ending , just to try to figure it all out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie the day it came out and I have to admit it was the trailer that pulled me in 'the common birthday' grabbed my attention. This movie far exceeded what I expected. It was above a thriller. It is a movie that you will have to watch again and again just to figure out what really happened. Get a group together, some popcorn and your favorite beverage and watch it. Just be prepared for a loooong discussion afterwards.
Guest More than 1 year ago
During a torrentuous Arizona desert rain storm, 11 people are stranded to a night of destiny and demise at a remote highway motel. Sounds good, doesn't it? Ok, now add in a psychopathic killer who suffers from a multiple personality disorder who is facing execution in less than 24 hours. But that is not all. Now add in dark and foreboding Alfred Hitchcock & Agatha Christie overtones with plenty of 'twists', 'guesswork' and 'surprises'. Ooooooh yah! Now is your blood going? This is one of the smartest thrillers to come along in a long, long time that is best watched in the dark. Eleven strangers (the Ex-Cop Limo Driver, The Has-Been Actress, The Prostitute, The Secretive Motel Manager, A Cop and his Prisoner, A Troubled NewlyWed Young Couple and A Family In Crisis...each with a dark secret, and all with a common bond) are all caught in a heavy storm and have to take shelter in a remote desert highway motel. With all communication lines out of order and roads washed out on either side, they are thrust into a night to remember. One by one, they begin to die...or should I say are murdered? Director James Mangold (CopLand, Girl Interrupted & Kate And Leopold) has crafted a fine piece of work here as he keeps his audience glued to the screen with great visuals, plot lines and acting. With an occasional flair for the classic B-Movie Horror slasher flick, he is able to transcend into a stylish, classic thriller genre that keeps you guessing and will send a shiver down your spine in the mind blowing conclusion. And then after you have watched the final credit roll by, you want to watch it again and pick apart the clues they leave for you along the way. And you realize from the very FIRST dialogue lines in the movie, you are given your biggest clue. But I won't tell you anymore than that...you will have to watch this movie for yourself, and let it tease your brain and senses. And then you will know for yourself what a triumph this film really is. Great movie with a superb ending! I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those 'little' films that sneaks under the radar. I was hooked from the start and amazed at the end. If mysteries and puzzles ala '6th Sense' are your forte, this is the film for you. CAUTION you must think to view this terrific film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite in its category. Truely what I call a psychological thriller. This is a brainteaser movie that will have you guessing all the way. No matter how cunning you think you are, you won't figure it out until the end. It's brilliant! A must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great thriller. It has all the scares and spooks. It keeps you gessing until the very end. This movie is everything a movie should be. Suspencful, thrilling, scary, interesting, and shocking. I enjoyed it so much. I was so impressed with it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful movie! The ending comes out of no where and you just have to watch it again to see why you didn't see it coming! I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes an awesome thriller/horror/mystery. Its one of my all time favorites!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very Suspenseful...diabolical. Kept you riveted to the screen and had an ending that left you with your mouth hanging wide open. A definite must see a second time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite horror thriller suspense movies ever with a good twist at the end and the story was of course good which is rarely seen in some movies but of course this is pretty good. The story is all about a supposed group of people who get stranded in a motel and are killed off one by one all the while nothing is what it seems.
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