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The Usual Suspects -- Verbal Kint attempts to convince the feds that mythic crime lord Keyser Soze not only exists, but was also responsible for drawing he and four partners into a heist ending with an explosion in San Pedro Harbor - leaving few survivors.
The Usual Suspects -- A boat has been destroyed, criminals are dead, and the key to this mystery lies with the only survivor and his twisted, convoluted story beginning with five career crooks in a seemingly random police lineup.


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The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince the world he didn't exist See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stephen Baldwin ... McManus

Gabriel Byrne ... Keaton

Benicio Del Toro ... Fenster

Kevin Pollak ... Hockney

Kevin Spacey ... Verbal

Chazz Palminteri ... Dave Kujan

Pete Postlethwaite ... Kobayashi

Suzy Amis ... Edie Finneran

Giancarlo Esposito ... Jack Baer

Dan Hedaya ... Jeff Rabin

Paul Bartel ... Smuggler

Carl Bressler ... Saul Berg

Phillipe Simon ... Fortier

Jack Shearer ... Renault

Christine Estabrook ... Dr. Plummer

Clark Gregg ... Dr. Walters
Morgan Hunter ... Arkosh Kovash
Ken Daly ... Translator

Michelle Clunie ... Sketch Artist

Louis Lombardi ... Strausz

Frank Medrano ... Rizzi

Ron Gilbert ... Daniel Metzheiser

Vito D'Ambrosio ... Arresting Officer
Gene Lythgow ... Cop on Pier
Bob Elmore ... Bodyguard #1
David Powledge ... Bodyguard #2
Bob Pennetta ... Bodyguard #3
Billy Bates ... Bodyguard #4 (as Bill Bates)

Smadar Hanson ... Keyser's Wife

Castulo Guerra ... Arturro Marquez
Peter Rocca ... Arturro's Bodyguard
Bert Williams ... Old Cop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jaime H. Campos ... Police Officer (uncredited)
John Gillespie ... (uncredited)

Johnathan Gorman ... Office Worker (uncredited)

Peter Greene ... Redfoot the Fence (uncredited)

Michael McKay ... Cop in Hallway (uncredited)

Christopher McQuarrie ... Interrogation Cop (uncredited)
Scott B. Morgan ... Keyser Söze (in flashback) (uncredited)

Mike Nyman ... N.Y. Uniform Cop (uncredited)
Grace Sinden ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Bryan Singer 
Writing credits
Christopher McQuarrie (written by)

Produced by
Hans Brockmann .... executive producer
François Duplat .... executive producer
Art Horan .... executive producer
Robert Jones .... executive producer
Kenneth Kokin .... co-producer
Michael McDonnell .... producer
Bryan Singer .... producer
Original Music by
John Ottman 
Cinematography by
Newton Thomas Sigel (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Ottman 
Casting by
Francine Maisler 
Production Design by
Howard Cummings 
Art Direction by
David Lazan 
Set Decoration by
Sara Andrews 
Costume Design by
Louise Mingenbach 
Makeup Department
David P. Barton .... special makeup designer (as David Barton)
Michelle Barton .... special makeup effects crew: Modus
Michelle Bühler .... key makeup artist
Chris Cantley .... special makeup effects crew: Modus
Raqueli Dahan .... assistant hair stylist
Raqueli Dahan .... assistant makeup artist
David Greathouse .... special makeup effects crew: Modus
Kimberly Greene .... makeup swing
Richard Maybery .... special makeup effects crew: Modus
Barbara Olvera .... key hair stylist
Yolanda Squatpump .... special makeup effects crew: Modus
Production Management
Vicky Herman .... production supervisor
Jane Raab .... production manager: New York
Michael Tinger .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Athena Alexander .... second second assistant director
James D. Deck .... first assistant director (as James Deck)
Kenneth Kokin .... second unit director
David Marcellino .... assistant director: New York (as Dave Marcellino)
Alan Steinman .... second assistant director
Art Department
Angel Acosta .... assistant property master
William Bastiani .... set construction laborer
Charles Billen Jr. .... set construction laborer
Tony Bonaventura .... property master
Peter Borck .... lead person
John Coven .... storyboard artist
Joseph W. Grafmuller .... swing (as Joseph Grafmuller)
Steven Ingrassia .... swing
Maria Jaramillo .... scenic artist
Mark Meloccaro .... art department coordinator
Celia Parker .... set construction laborer
R.A. Tony Poland .... set construction laborer (as Ray Poland)
Thomas Power .... shopper
Thomas Power .... swing
Scott Saunders .... assistant property master
Phillip Schneider .... lead scenic
Liz Shaner .... set construction laborer
Diane Taylor .... set construction laborer
Lorri Wakefield .... art department production assistant
Caroline Wallner .... set construction laborer
Francis Whitebloom .... on-set dresser
Chris Forster .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Thomas R. Grace .... props (uncredited)
Christopher Patrick Nolan .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Behle .... recordist
George Berndt .... adr supervisor
Richard Burton .... sound effects editor
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
Claudette Cucci .... foley artist
John T. Cucci .... foley artist (as John Cucci)
Robert Deschaine .... foley mixer (as Robert Deshaine)
Sukey Fontelieu .... dialogue editor
Leigh French .... adr coordinator
Don Givens .... foley recordist
Jack Keller .... recordist
Jonathan Klein .... foley editor
Tricia Linklater .... assistant sound editor
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer (as Robert Litt)
Chuck Michael .... supervising sound editor
Nash Michael .... sound effects editor
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Mark Pappas .... foley supervisor
Paul Parsons .... assistant sound editor
Geoffrey Patterson .... sound mixer
Randy Piotroski .... foley mixer (as Randy Petroski)
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
David Spence .... dialogue editor
Greg Steele .... adr recordist
Donald Sylvester .... adr editor
Tami Treadwell .... foley recordist (as Tammy Treadwell)
Elliot Tyson .... re-recording mixer
Karen G. Wilson .... sound effects editor (as Karen Wilson)
Craig Woods .... boom operator
Brydon Baker III .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Roy L. Downey .... special effects coordinator (as Roy Downey)
Greg Hendrickson .... special effects foreman
Thomas R. Grace .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
David B. Long .... digital playback supervisor
Billy Bates .... stunt player (as William Bates)
Ken Blazer .... stunt player (as Kenneth Blazer)
Michael Carr .... stunt player
Ashley Casino .... stunt player
John Casino .... stunt player
Fernando Celis .... stunt player
Max Daniels .... stunt player
Joe Dunne .... stunt player
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunt player
Alex Gaona .... stunt player
John Gillespie .... stunt player
Bob Havice .... stunt player
Ethan Jensen .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Gary Jensen .... stunt coordinator
Billy Judkins .... stunt player (as Bill Judkins)
Pat Millicano .... stunt player
Ryan Patrick Ross .... stunt player
Harry Wowchuk .... stunt player
Michael Goetz .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Amerian .... gaffer: second unit
Ken Beymer .... grip
Robert Bonilla .... electrician
Arthur Borquez .... electrician
Craig A. Brink .... electrician (as Craig Brink)
Caroline Burton .... still photographer
Robert C. Carlson .... first assistant camera (as Robert Carlson)
Jad Carmona .... camera loader
Linda R. Chen .... still photographer (as Linda Chen)
Kevin Dean .... grip
Paul DeMarte .... camera loader
Joseph Dianda .... key grip (as Joey Dianda)
Andrea Dorman .... first assistant camera: New York
Shawn Ensign .... company grip
Michael A. FauntLeRoy .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Mike Fauntleroy)
Gergely Fonyó .... first assistant camera: steadycam
Gregory Franklin .... grip
Jim Frohna .... electrician
David Gamerman .... best boy
Eric J. Goldstein .... director of photography: second unit (as Eric Goldstein)
Ross Guidici .... grip
Bruce Hamme .... dolly grip
Amy Hergoth .... camera loader
Matt Jackson .... grip
Bruce Douglas Johnson .... additional photographer
John Johnson .... still photographer
Greg Kidd .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Gregg Kidd)
Steve Lynch .... key grip: New York
Michael Stewart Maahs .... electrician (as Michael Maahs)
Jerry L. Mandley .... electrician (as Jerry Mandley)
Richard Maxey .... grip
William J. McDevitt .... grip (as William McDevitt)
Daniel McMahon .... grip
Mike Parsons .... electrician (as Michael Parsons)
Scott Patten .... best boy grip
Linda Perry .... grip
Reinhart 'Rayteam' Peschke .... gaffer
Lockwood J. Pierson .... first assistant camera: second unit
Darrin Pulford .... electrician (as Darrin Pullford)
Shawn Rhodes .... electrician
Lance Rieck .... second assistant camera: New York
P. Scott Sakamoto .... Steadicam operator (as Scott Sakamoto)
P. Scott Sakamoto .... director of photography: second unit (as Scott Sakamoto)
Richard Sobin .... second assistant camera
Chris Squires .... Steadicam operator
Mary F. Stankiewicz .... electrician: second unit (as Mary Stankiewicz)
Baird Steptoe .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
James M. Teiper .... electrician (as James Teiper)
Paul Janossy .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Kathy Driscoll .... casting associate
Judie Fixler .... extras casting: New York
Lisa Miller Katz .... casting associate (as Lisa Miller)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erin Beck .... additional costumer
Lori Eskowitz-Carter .... costume supervisor (as Lori Eskowitz)
Prudence Moriarty .... wardrobe supervisor: New York
Caitlin Shamberg .... costume assistant
Tara Spurlock .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Roger Fenton .... assistant editor
Jennifer Flynn .... post-production coordinator
Andrew Gorry .... apprentice editor
Gloria Kaiser .... color timer
Kelley Pate .... apprentice editor
Mary Beth Smith .... negative cutter
Music Department
Dan Abernathy .... music mixer
Dan Abernathy .... music recording engineer
Larry Groupé .... conductor (as Larry Groupe)
Larry Groupé .... orchestra contractor
Larry Groupé .... orchestrator (as Larry Groupe)
Darrell Harvey .... music mixer
Darrell Harvey .... music recording engineer
Lia Vollack .... music editor
Lawrence Czoka .... music preparation (uncredited)
John Ottman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dan Siegel .... session musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Joseph Aroesti .... transportation co-captain
Michael Banlowe .... driver
Jody Bingenheimer .... driver
Robin D. Bishop .... driver
Joe Cosentino .... driver
Joe Cosentino .... transportation captain
Pat Cosentino .... driver
Sherri Cosentino .... driver
Frances Culp .... driver
Angel Desanti .... driver
Sean Dugen .... driver
Eugene Farrington .... driver
Antonio Franchi .... driver
Johnathon Gorman .... driver
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Glenn Knowlton .... driver
Mark McDermitt .... driver
Jeffrey L. Moore .... driver (as Jeff Moore)
Steve Nickolai .... driver (as Steve Nikolai)
Ken Plumlee .... transportation captain
Ron Pope .... transportation operations manager
William Smallwood .... driver
Jerry Snaiczuk .... driver
Randy Tenhaeff .... driver
Mike Welch .... driver
David D.B. Wilson .... driver (as David Wilson)
Brian Apt .... transportation office (uncredited)
William R. Peck .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Thomas D. Adelman .... production coordinator (as Tom Adelman)
John Alvarez .... security officer
Rachel Arno .... office production coordinator
Luke Bittel .... intern
Yvette Brestyanszky .... assistant to producers
Brad Carroll .... production assistant: New York
Wendy Dallas .... script supervisor
Robert Dawson .... title designer
Tony Estrado .... security officer
Matthew R. Eyraud .... key set production assistant (as Matthew Eyraud)
Jennifer Flynn .... assistant to producers and director
Ellen Francisco .... craft service
Ashley R. Friedman .... location manager (as Ashley Friedman)
Michael Goetz .... stand-in
Andrew Gorry .... assistant: Mr. Singer
John Herget .... first aid
Lynn Hockin .... assistant accountant
Damon Intrabartolo .... assistant: Mr. Ottman
Josh R. Jaggars .... production assistant (as Josh Jaggars)
Jun C. Lin .... location assistant (as Jun Lin)
Jana Ludwigova .... script supervisor: second unit
David Markland .... office production coordinator
Mike James Masumoto .... set production assistant (as Michael Masumoto)
Haley McLane .... additional script supervisor
Douglas Morton .... assistant production coordinator
David Pollack .... unit publicist (as David Pollick)
Andrea Celandine Rice .... office production coordinator
Chanel Salzer .... location manager
Greg Schnabel .... location manager: New York
Alexandra Schultze .... assistant to producers
George Sheanshang .... finance and distribution counsel
Deborah Tabak .... set production assistant
Johnny Tonini .... stand-in
Brian A. Williams .... production accountant
Petra Jorgensen .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Gary A. Martin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bertram McCann .... marine coordinator (uncredited)
Carsten Meyer-Grohbrügge .... assistant: Francois Duplant (uncredited)
Scott B. Morgan .... intern (uncredited)
Abigail Sheiner .... first assistant accountant: preparation (uncredited)
Troy Waters .... marine crew (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Usual Suspects" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for violence and a substantial amount of strong language
106 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Neither Bryan Singer nor Christopher McQuarrie realized that the film's famous line, "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist," was actually a quote from French poet Baudelaire.See more »
Revealing mistakes: (at around 1h 11 mins) Blood squib visible in the money bag as Hockney is shot.See more »
[first lines]
Keyser Soze:How you doing Keaton?
Keaton:I can't feel my legs... Keyser.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Cyprien (2009)See more »
Le sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soirSee more »


Were the events told from Verbal's perspective a lie?
Are there clues to Keyser Söze's identity?
What happened to the cocaine that was on the ship?
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229 out of 281 people found the following review useful.
the American thriller of the nineties, 12 December 2005
Author: dbdumonteil

One day in a bookshop, I flipped through a book entitled: "the movies of the nineties" and this movie wasn't included! How can a book specialized in cinema skip such a milestone of the last decade? Any movie buff, any cinema critic must have considered the nineties a fruitful era for the American thriller. According to one's tastes, some will say that the best thriller of the nineties is "Silence of the Lambs" (1991). For others it will be "Pulp Fiction" (1994) while others will praise to the skies "Se7en" (1995). For me, the pinnacle is this present movie, "the Usual Suspects" (1995) with its staggering story (to put it mildly). It's a sensational debut for Bryan Singer which enabled to put him on the map. With a little help from his accomplice Christopher McQuarrie, he signed an unparalleled gem in the landscape of the American thriller, even the whole cinema.

The average viewer who watches "the Usual Suspects" for the first time might think that the whole crew concocted him a meandering story with as a leading thread, Spacey's convoluted story. At the end of the projection, he may feel puzzled and will probably wish to watch the movie a second time. He won't regret it and Singer and McQuarrie will rejoice at it. Their masterwork gains by several repeated viewings to appreciate the subtleties of a rich movie with a convoluted construction which will take its seemingly definitive form in the five last minutes. To watch "the Usual Suspects" is like gathering the pieces of an intriguing puzzle, a little like any other suspenseful movie but in the case of Singer's flick, one will never really be able to completely end it. So many things happen in less than two hours that we are never really sure of what we watch and this is reinforced by a breathtaking unexpected twist at the end which makes our assumptions falter. Singer and McQuarrie take a mischievous delight in taking the viewer in their nebulous scenario and to follow it according to Spacey's declarations and it's obvious that they raise more questions than answers. It's up to the viewer to make his imagination work and to bring his thoughts on the film. This is what inspires its pernicious charm.

From Spacey's story, the authors developed a top quality script, set with clockwork precision. Singer's directorial style virtually evolutes on the razor's edge and conveys an increasing tension. It is filled with ingenious visual ideas and served by fluid camera movements. Singer was in his early thirties when he shot his film but it presents the signs of a seasoned author. There's also a tight editing and a unsettling score which cement the movie in its place of winner. More remarkable, the authors pull off with gusto to increase the audience's curiosity throughout the film in spite of a somewhat deliberate confusion and the interest won't weaken until the end which constitute the apex: an unexpected twist which will leave the audience speechless once they understood it. In Singer's flick, it doesn't disappoint because there are little but noticeable visual and verbal clues which justify it. However, it has something unsettling. We believe that we are at the end of the maze but there's more to the picture than meets the eye. Maybe this "coup de theatre" veils one more truth. Maybe also the shrewdest ones will have guessed it but the result is the same for any viewer: Singer puts a baffled spectator in his pocket.

Singer and Quarrie show a perfect master in the domain of the film noir: an ominous atmosphere, nocturnal scenes which stay rooted in the mind and a deep psychology of certain characters which give more substance to the film. Considering the last point, the character of Gabriel Byrne is the most interesting one: a former crooked cop who seemingly redeemed himself in catering but caught up by his past and forced to come back to work. I personally think that Byrne is the stand-out of the topflight cast the movie boasts. But don't neglect the other members. Kevin Spacey pocketed a deservedly Oscar in 1996 and the rest of the cast doesn't stay on the bench. Maybe Singer grants a little shallow attention to the three others baddies in the gang but in a way it's necessary to underscore the fact that they're lousy gangsters embroiled in a infernal spiral and unable to perceive what lies beneath all this. Pete Postlewhaite and Chazz Palminteri make their scenes count too.

A riveting storytelling, a painstaking flash-back, a tight and first-class directing, a thoughtful twist, a topnotch cast, "the Usual Suspects" includes almost everything a director would sell his soul for. Everything contributes to make it a stalwart model in the suspenseful movie and the whole cinema. After the first vision, be prepared for mental gymnastics and for a second screening...

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