Usual SuspectsDirector: Bryan Singer, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Chazz Palminteri
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Near the end of The Usual Suspects, Kevin Spacey, in his Oscar-winning performance as crippled con man Roger "Verbal" Kint, says, "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." This may be the key line in this story; the farther along the movie goes, the more one realizes that not everything is quite what it seems, and what began as a conventional whodunit turns into something quite different. A massive explosion rips through a ship in a San Pedro, CA, harbor, leaving 27 men dead, the lone survivor horribly burned, and 91 million dollars' worth of cocaine, believed to be on board, mysteriously missing. Police detective Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri) soon brings in the only witness and key suspect, "Verbal" Kint. Kint's nickname stems from his inability to keep his mouth shut, and he recounts the events that led to the disaster. Five days earlier, a truckload of gun parts was hijacked in Queens, NY, and five men were brought in as suspects: Kint, hot-headed hipster thief McManus (Stephen Baldwin), ill-tempered thug Hockney (Kevin Pollak), flashy wise guy Fenster (Benicio Del Toro), and Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), a cop gone bad now trying to go straight in the restaurant business. While in stir, someone suggests that they should pull a job together, and Kint hatches a plan for a simple and lucrative jewel heist. Despite Keaton's misgivings, the five men pull off the robbery without a hitch and fly to Los Angeles to fence the loot. Their customer asks if they'd be interested in pulling a quick job while out West; the men agree, but the robbery goes horribly wrong and they soon find themselves visited by Kobayashi (Pete Postlethwaite), who represents a criminal mastermind named Keyser Soze. Soze's violent reputation is so infamous that he's said to have responded to a threat to murder his family by killing them himself, just to prove that he feared no one. When Kobayashi passes along a heist proposed by Soze that sounds like suicide, the men feel that they have little choice but to agree.
The Usual Suspects is the freshest, funniest and scariest crime thriller to come along since Pulp Fiction. Peter Travers
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- Polygram Video
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- [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
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Cast & Crew
|Gabriel Byrne||Dean Keaton|
|Chazz Palminteri||Dave Kujan|
|Kevin Pollak||Todd Hockney|
|Kevin Spacey||Roger "Verbal" Kint|
|Benicio Del Toro||Fred Fenster|
|Dan Hedaya||Jeff Rabin|
|Suzy Amis||Edie Finneran|
|Giancarlo Esposito||Jack Baer|
|Carl Bressler||Saul Berg|
|Christine Estabrook||Dr. Plummer|
|Clark Gregg||Dr. Walters|
|Morgan Hunter||Arkosh Kovash|
|Michelle Clunie||Sketch Artist|
|Vito D'Ambrosio||Arresting Officer|
|Gene Lythgow||Cop on Pier|
|Castulo Guerra||Arturro Marquez|
|Bert Williams||Old Cop|
|Peter Greene||Redfoot (uncredited)|
|Sara Andrews||Set Decoration/Design|
|Hans Brockmann||Executive Producer|
|Howard Cummings||Production Designer|
|James Deck||Asst. Director|
|Roy Downey||Special Effects|
|François Duplat||Executive Producer|
|Art Horan||Executive Producer|
|Kenneth Kokin||Asst. Director,Co-producer|
|David S. Lazan||Art Director|
|Louise Mingenbach||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|John Ottman||Score Composer,Editor|
|Geoffrey Patterson||Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer|
|Robert Jones||Executive Producer|
|Newton Thomas Sigel||Cinematographer|
3. The Line Up.
4. The Job.
5. Police Involvement.
6. Holding Verbal.
7. Keaton's In.
8. NY Finest Taxi Service.
9. A Mastermind.
10. Work in California.
12. Who is Keyser Soze.
13. Getting to Kobayashi.
14. The Plan.
15. Assassinate the Snitch.
16. The Devil Himself.
17. All the Pieces Fit.
19. Closing Credits.
3. Language Selection.
4. Filmmakers' Commentary.
5. Additional Materials.
a. Original Theatrical Trailer.
b. Coming Attractions.
c. Cast and Filmmakers.
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An amazing movie with an amazing climax. Kevin Spacey and Gabrielle Byrne put on a stellar performances. The movie will keep your attention from start to finish, wondering who's who. The characters are complex, the plot involving, the ending, astounding. A five star movie.
Great movie, but slow start, You have to pay attention or the many turns will confuse. IMO one of the best movie casts. I enjoyed acting, and characterization by Kevin Spacey. Language rough.
The writing and directing of this film are superb. The sequence of events and exchanges among the actors keep the plot moving, and keeps the viewer ever-seeking the identity of the master villian until the end.
One of my favorite movies. A stunning climax, great acting (especially Kevin Spacey), and spectacular cinematography highlight this excellent movie. I can't wait to see ''The Way of the Gun,'' the new movie by the same writer
Although I watched this movie in the theater with only 2 other people I knew it would do very well at the Academy Awards. Kevin Spacey's Best Actor performance is excellent. Sad eyed Gabriel Byrne is at his best as well. Winning Best Original Screenplay, the plot is full of twists and turns that will keep you riveted until the very last frame. The DVD has an excellent commentary with blow your mind revelations of how the movie was shot. How the movie was filmed is many times as surprising as the plot of the movie. You will not be disappointed.
This movie is mind blowing. This was one well written movie written and directed very cleverly. It's the most amazing thing to find out that what you think is a flashback told by a seemingly crippled and worthless guy is actually just a made up story thought up just by looking at posters and flyers on a wall in an office. You really get into the story: 5 guys thrown in jail for the explosion of a boat and they all hook up and commit crimes for coke or money or whatever, and then you find out at the end that this isn't a flashback at all, that it's just some clever story to fool the FBI into thinking that it's a flashback. Oh yeah, you might want to pay attention to the way Verbal walks at the end.....
This is truly the best thriller all the actors are great and the ending makes this movie even better.
The Usual Suspects is an extremely clever film that uses unique wording to baffle audiences. Superb acting on behalf of Kevin Spacey and the other usual suspects. I enjoyed the screen play, acting, and directing of the film. A remarkable film that can be viewed more than once with the same result.
First off I had never seen this but heard of it especially "the ending" and so I got to see this FINALLY, and it was very interesting. This is what movies are all about with a good story and cast and to top it off a kind of ending where you're like "i did not see that coming." Basically you have a gang of criminals, a botched job and the only survivor who knows something to it. benicio was funny, gabriel was kinda cute and spacey excellent as always.
Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie's 1995 script for The Usual Suspects is one of my of all-time favorite screenplays. When five criminals meet in jail after being arrested for the same crime, they eventually decide to work together. Told in narration by Kevin Spacey's character in a detective's office, he describes to the police officers the grand scheme and how it went wrong due to the ever-feared-crime-kingpin, Keyser Soze. The last five minutes of this movie, leaves the viewer in awe. It's a must see over and over again.
This movie does not disappoint. And it is one movie that is definitely worth viewing several times, and the telling gets better with each viewing. As Kevin Spacey tells his story the viewer is introduced to one colorful and sometimes shady character after another. The viewer accompanies him and his partners on a journey that zigzags through a variety of locations across the country. At each locale he shares one wild adventure after another. Throughout the telling you will find yourself at the edge of your seat and with eyes glued to the screen, not daring to leave the room as the action continues. It sucks you in from the very first scene, entertains from beginning to end and then delivers a surprise at the end that just leaves you wanting more.
If you like thinking movies you will really like this one. It makes you think hard about whats going on and you will expect the unexpected.
This is one of the greatest recent movie mysteries. The mysterious villain weaves a web of deceit as investigators try to find his identity. This is a great buy.
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen.Great plot.Great acting.Great ending. After I am done writing this I'm going to watch it again.
This movie has a storyline and a plot, with such amazing twists and turns, it will keep you guessing till the very end. The story may start out a little slow and seem like a typical movie, but it picks up in intensity as it moves along, and this movie is anything but typical.It is first rate entertainment and brilliantly designed. Kevin Spacey is his usual self, giving a restrained but masterful performance as the pitiful cripple Verbal Kint. Highly recommended. This film will keep you at the edge of your seat!
A great movie, filled with seasoned talents. Chaz Palmintieri, Benicio del Toro, Kevin Spacey... This film is definately a thinker film that will leave you watching it again and again saying, ''damn, why didn't I catch that last time!!!''
I liked the movie a lot. It was stirring and it kept me wondering till very end. Kevin Spacey and Benicio del Toro were good as always. I recommend it.
Love watching this movie. Just worth watching..
This is a brilliant crime thriller and goes right up there with Heat and Pulp Fiction. It is stunning and right until the closing minutes you don't know who did it for sure. Talking of the last few minutes, the ending is the best ending of any film I have ever seen and I've seen a lot of films. The performances are great particularly Spacey as the cripple Verbal Kint. I love this film and the DVD only inhances its wonderment.
I've seen hundreds of movies and this is one of the best ever made. Right from the start, you are forced to try and put all the clues together. Who is Keiser Soze? The best part is that when the movie ends, you feel that everything finally makes sense. It's not one of those movies that leaves you thinking 'how was I supposed to figure that out?' The movie will keep you completely enthralled and the ending will blow your mind. If you love thrillers, you'll love this. A must own for any real movie collector.
usual suspects is my favourite movie. the actors give magnificent performances - especially kevin sp. the end is the best ever and the character of kaizersoje is inspairing.