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Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dead Man at 1st Crime Scene (as Andy Walker)
Bob Mack ...
Peter Crombie ...
Workman at Door of Somerset's Office
Cab Driver
George the Night Guard at the Library
William Davidson ...
First Guard at the Library (as Roscoe Davidson)
Bob Collins ...
Second Guard at the Library


A film about two homicide detectives' (Morgan Freeman and (Brad Pitt desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world's ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The movie takes us from the tortured remains of one victim to the next as the sociopathic "John Doe" (Kevin Spacey) sermonizes to Detectives Somerset and Mills -- one sin at a time. The sin of Gluttony comes first and the murderer's terrible capacity is graphically demonstrated in the dark and subdued tones characteristic of film noir. The seasoned and cultured but jaded Somerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer's modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills (Pitt) scoffs at his efforts to get inside the mind of a killer... Written by Mark Fleetwood <>

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Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to light. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for grisly afterviews of horrific and bizarre killings, and for strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 September 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Seven  »

Box Office


$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£11,434,343 (UK) (19 January 1996)


$100,125,340 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of Jodie Foster is mentioned in this film as a reference of murderer's obsessions. Years later, Jodie Foster starred Panic Room (2002) directed by David Fincher See more »


There are at least 3 copies of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy which Somerset places on the table. The red-bound copy which is the focus of an earlier shot is seen underneath a copy of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Beneath the red one is a larger printing of the book with a dust-jacket, and at the top of the other pile is a smaller, blue-covered version of the book. See more »


[first lines]
Detective Taylor: Neighbors heard them screaming at each other, like for two hours, and it was nothing new. Then they heard the gun go off, both barrels. Crime of passion.
William Somerset: Yeah, just look at all the passion on that wall.
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Crazy Credits

Credits roll down instead of up, contrary to common movie procedure. See more »


Referenced in Alien: Resurrection (1997) See more »


Straight, No Chaser
Performed by Thelonious Monk
Written by Thelonious Monk
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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The best Hollywood has produced for a long time
28 July 2005 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

After the Alien-debacle Fincher proved all the critics wrong. This film is one of the best in a genre that hasn't been very innovative for a long time.

Everyone know's the story by now, so I won't waste time telling it. This film was trend setting with it's dark, gritty look and opening sequence. We still see it copied in movies and TV-series today. Everything is great about this film. I guess if anything, the weakest link in the film is Pitt, who is grossly overshadowed by Freeman. But let's not look for flaws when there really aren't any. The script is intelligent and uncompromising. The direction is innovative en daring. The production-design and cinematography are top-notch.

Fincher is one of the big boys in Tinseltown these days. Seven is the reason why.

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