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The Usual Suspects (1995)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  16 August 1995 (USA)
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A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup.

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Following a truck hijack in New York, five conmen are arrested and brought together for questioning. As none of them is guilty, they plan a revenge operation against the police. The operation goes well, but then the influence of a legendary mastermind criminal called Keyser Söze is felt. It becomes clear that each one of them has wronged Söze at some point and must pay back now. The payback job leaves 27 men dead in a boat explosion, but the real question arises now: Who actually is Keyser Söze? Written by Soumitra

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The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince the world he didn't exist See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and a substantial amount of strong language | See all certifications »

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Die üblichen Verdächtigen  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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£2,503,343 (UK) (15 September 1995)
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The role of Kujan was initially written with Chazz Palminteri in mind. However, when he proved unavailable, the role was offered to Christopher Walken, Clark Gregg, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, the latter being rather interested in playing the part. Pacino later decided against it as he had just played a cop in Heat (1995). When Chazz Palminteri finally became available, it was only for a week. Clark Gregg ended up playing the part of Dr. Walters. See more »

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At the beginning of the police car robbery, a white van hits the back of the police car. However when the van leaves, there appears to be no damage to the front. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Keyser Soze: How you doing Keaton?
Keaton: I can't feel my legs... Keyser.
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Crazy Credits

The editor, John Ottman, edited the movie on film. He felt that all the editing done electronically at the time was horrible because all the good editors were still working on film (which is much more difficult). Because of this he thought about putting "Edited on a piece of s*** Steenbeck" at the end of the credits, but instead settled for the more subtle line "Edited on film." Tim Robbins was directing 'Dead Man Walking' at the time and heard about John's idea, which sparked that film's credit ending of "This film was edited on old machines." See more »

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Steppin' Out
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Music by Paul Nelson and Carl Verheyen
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I'm Glad I Finally Got a Chance to See It
8 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know what the problem is. I had heard that this is an incomprehensible film. That when it ends we don't know what exactly happened. I thought that throughout the film we were in the loop, and even if we have an unreliable narrator, I suspected that from the start. Anyway, it's been a long time since I've been taken for such a joyride with such interesting characters, even if they are murderers and felons. The plot is woven so delicately and the threat is so interesting, that I was involved from the first minute. I always wondered how Kevin Spacey, a rather ordinary looking guy with a receding hairline, got to be so well known. Obviously, this is the reason. His performance is right on and he dominates the screen, even though he is a "gimp." There are so many layers in this film, but I don't think the screenwriter ever plays unfairly with it and it is quite satisfying.


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