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Usual Suspects

Usual Suspects

4.8 30
Director: Bryan Singer

Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Chazz Palminteri


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Initially released as one of Polygram's first DVD titles, The Usual Suspects was re-released in 1999 with new packaging and better menus when MGM acquired Polygram's catalogue. The MGM release maintains the Dolby Digital and 2.35:1 non-enhanced widescreen, as well as the supplementary features -- a commentary and trailers -- from the original disc. For non-widescreen


Initially released as one of Polygram's first DVD titles, The Usual Suspects was re-released in 1999 with new packaging and better menus when MGM acquired Polygram's catalogue. The MGM release maintains the Dolby Digital and 2.35:1 non-enhanced widescreen, as well as the supplementary features -- a commentary and trailers -- from the original disc. For non-widescreen enthusiasts, MGM has also included a pan-and-scan version of the film on the second side. Director Bryan Singer and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie offer a particularly engaging commentary track. They divulge great pieces of otherwise unknown trivia (Singer's Bad Hat Harry Productions is named after a line in Jaws) in the first half of the film and amusing self-deprecating observations (Stephen Baldwin looks for $91,000,000 worth of cocaine in a small cabinet) towards the end. Singer and McQuarrie also provide real insight into the tribulations of making an independent film that looks good enough to be the product of a studio, as well as point out clues to the film's ending that might be missed otherwise. While The Usual Suspects looks and sounds better than it ever did on video, the disc's real worth lies in the commentary track, which is almost as entertaining as the film itself.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Few movie thrillers grip their audiences in the way this gritty but seductive caper flick does. Christopher McQuarrie's brilliantly structured, Academy Award-winning screenplay opens with a mysterious dock fire, the unexpected result of a botched hijacking that leaves the crime scene littered with corpses. Flashbacks reveal the participants as career criminals Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollak, Benicio Del Toro, and the conflagration's sole survivor, Kevin Spacey. Interrogated by police officer Chazz Palminteri, Spacey spins a bizarre tale of treachery and murder, over which hovers the specter of a mysterious master criminal named Keyser Soze. Bryan Singer's direction consists mainly of misdirection: Like a magician, he diverts attention from clues that might enable viewers to peer through veils of deception shrouding the truth. He's ably assisted by the powerhouse cast, the standout of which is clearly Spacey. His Oscar-winning portrayal of crippled stoolie, Roger "Verbal" Kint, catapulted the character actor to stardom. Distinguished by its deliciously clever script, razor-sharp direction, and superb, nuanced performances, The Usual Suspects is a modern classic.
All Movie Guide
A slick triumph of casting and wordplay, The Usual Suspects was one of the most fiendishly intricate American films of the 1990s. Relentlessly stylish and growing more convoluted by the frame, the film invited its audience to take part in the confusion, to attempt to discern illusion from reality as if watching a magician's act. What makes The Usual Suspects remarkable is that fact and fiction never evolve into distinct entities, entwining in an almost indiscernible jumble to baffle the viewer. Like the all-important but (largely) unseen Keyser Soze, Suspects' genius rested in holding its audience hostage to the intangible, making it equally impossible to believe what you've seen or dismiss what you haven't. In turn, the film is shamelessly manipulative, demanding the audience's complete involvement and undivided attention; a bathroom break carries the risk of losing the plot entirely. As the men caught up in the film's labyrinthine intrigue, Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, and Stephen Baldwin fit their roles perfectly, demonstrating an ensemble casting coup. Spacey, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Verbal Kint, is particularly impressive, managing to be pathetic, off-handedly irreverent, and cunning all at once. The qualities on display in his performance make him the poster child for the film's overall tone: shifty, garrulous, and altogether not to be trusted, Spacey's Kint embodies the film's compulsive, charming will to deception. Director Bryan Singer handles his characters and the film's many twists with the ease of a devious master puppeteer, mixing liberal doses of film noir, humor, and intrigue with refreshing audacity. The result was one of the most accomplished thrillers of the decade, a mystery whose wild manipulations came courtesy of a director whose hands were very tightly gripped around the controls.
Rolling Stone

The Usual Suspects is the freshest, funniest and scariest crime thriller to come along since Pulp Fiction. Peter Travers
Los Angeles Times
But like a tale from the Arabian Nights, told for the sheer pleasure of storytelling, this elegant puzzle not only enjoys showing off, it also has something to show. Kenneth Turan

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]

Special Features

Feature-length audio commentary by director Bryan Singer and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie; Collectible booklet; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gabriel Byrne Dean Keaton
Stephen Baldwin McManus
Chazz Palminteri Dave Kujan
Kevin Pollak Todd Hockney
Pete Postlethwaite Kobayashi
Kevin Spacey Roger "Verbal" Kint
Benicio Del Toro Fred Fenster
Dan Hedaya Jeff Rabin
Suzy Amis Edie Finneran
Giancarlo Esposito Jack Baer
Paul Bartel Smuggler
Carl Bressler Saul Berg
Phillip Simon Fortier
Jack Shearer Renault
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
David Powladge Bodyguard
Billy Bates Bodyguard
Castulo Guerra Arturro Marquez
Bert Williams Old Cop
Peter Greene Redfoot (uncredited)
Louis Lombardi Strausz
Frank Medrano Rizzi

Technical Credits
Bryan Singer Director,Producer
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
Eric Golstein Cinematographer
Art Horan Executive Producer
Kenneth Kokin Asst. Director,Co-producer
David S. Lazan Art Director
Francine Maisler Casting
Michael McDonnell Producer
Christopher McQuarrie Screenwriter
Louise Mingenbach Costumes/Costume Designer
John Ottman Score Composer,Editor
Geoffrey Patterson Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Jones Executive Producer
Scott Sakamoto Cinematographer
Newton Thomas Sigel Cinematographer

Scene Index

1. Logos/Title/Credits.
2. In The Line Of Fire.
3. "The Usual Suspects."
4. Jail Cell Assemby.
5. "They're All Dead!."
6. "I'm Not A Rat!."
7. Convincing Keaton.
8. Busting Corrupt Cops.
9. Cop-To-Crook Chats
10. Pulling The Job.
11. $91,000,000 Offer.
12. "A Spook Story."
13. Under The Gun.
14. "It Can't Be Done!."
15. Everything Explodes.
16. Police Pressure.
17. "Back To The Pier."
18. Fax Of The Devil.
19. Closing Credits.


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The Usual Suspects 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
kayak54 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly the best thriller all the actors are great and the ending makes this movie even better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
gravity More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!''
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
AnaBeeVanHausin More than 1 year ago
Love watching this movie. Just worth watching..
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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