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Se7en (1995)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  22 September 1995 (USA)
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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' 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" sermonizes to Detectives Sommerset 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 Sommerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer's modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills scoffs at his efforts to get inside the mind of a killer... Written by Mark Fleetwood <>

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Detective Somerset is looking for a way out. Detective David Mills is looking for a way in. Now, they're caught in a game with a price of sin is death. 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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Andrew Kevin Walker:  The writer of the film appears as the first corpse. See more »


The layout of John Doe's apartment conflicts with the hallway of the building. In the outside hallway, there is a window looking onto the building next door. Inside the apartment, there are rooms where the window would be. 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

The opening credits are done over broken, blurred images of John Doe removing the skin from his fingertips and sewing it into his journals. See more »


Referenced in NewsRadio: Coda (1996) See more »


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Superbly crafted drama delves into darkest corners of the psyche
16 August 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

David Fincher's bleak, relentless, and ultimately terrifying crime thriller Seven transcends other films of the genre with incredible plotting (the sort Hitchcock might employ were he alive and making films in the 1990s) and scalding intelligence. With only a small handful of minor flaws -- the overly familiar retiring cop/young cop pairing; the awful "I'm taking you off the case!" cliche seemingly required by the genre; one giant lapse in logic in the downward spiral toward the conclusion that cannot be revealed without ruining the script's gruesome surprise -- Seven typically keeps its viewers imprisoned in their seats with a combination of morbid fascination and abject fear. Despite attempts by studio executives to alter Andrew Kevin Walker's ending, the filmmaking team prevailed and audiences experienced that rare treat of mainstream cinema: an uncompromising vision.

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