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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)
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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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Seven deadly sins. Seven ways to die. See more »

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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  »

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$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£11,434,343 (UK) (19 January 1996)


$100,125,340 (USA)

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The primary influence for the film's screenplay came from Andrew Kevin Walker's time spent in New York City while trying to make it as a screenwriter. "I didn't like my time in New York, but it's true that if I hadn't lived there I probably wouldn't have written Seven." See more »


John Doe killed the defense attorney Eli Gould for immoral and unethical professional practices yet retains his own lawyer to become an accomplice to blackmail Mills and Somerset to complete his "masterpiece" 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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SPOILER: Kevin Spacey's name is not included in the opening titles to keep the John Doe intrigue going. To compensate, he is listed twice in the closing credits: once before the credits start rolling and once in the rolling credits in order of appearance. See more »


Referenced in Sins (2006) See more »


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Dark and disturbing thriller that will stay with you for ever.
30 April 2004 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Rarely there has been a movie with such a good dark and chilling atmosphere. I even see this movie more as an horror movie than as a thriller because of that.

"Se7en" is unique in many ways. The movies mood is already set right from the beginning on. The movie starts dark, intense, chilling and mysterious, a mood that is present throughout the entire movie. It's very depressing to watch and I mean that in a positive way of the meaning of the word. The mood is set by good camera work and lighting, or better said, the lack of it. The music from acclaimed composer Howard Shore also adds to the chilling atmosphere.

Unlike many other movies from the same genre, the movie is slow paced and takes it time to develop the characters without falling into some obvious cliché's. The two main characters played by Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt are presented as an unlikely police-couple that are different in many ways from each other but in a way that is also what makes them such a great couple. Brad Pitt for once has the opportunity to play more than just the pretty boy and he does it with success. Kevin Spacey truly plays a bone chilling character, almost just as legendary and chilling as Hannibal Lecter. I would very much like to see the two of them put in the same room, just to see who would make it out alive. Further more it was great to see R. Lee Emrey again as the police captain.

The movie is filled with some truly gross, sickening and horrifying scene's, this seriously ain't no kids stuff! The movie has some of the most sickening murders I have ever seen featured in a movie. But it aren't just only the gross scene's that are good, there are also some scene's that are made with lot's of beauty and profession such as the library scene.

Dark and chilling movie that you will never forget also thanks to the ending which I will not spoil for you. A real must see.


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