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Identity (2003)

Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.

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Malcolm Rivers has been convicted as the perpetrator of several murders and is sentenced to death. An eleventh hour defense by his lawyers and psychiatrist that Malcolm is insane based on new evidence has resulted in them meeting with the prosecutors and the judge to discuss if the verdict should be overturned. Meanwhile, on a dark night during a torrential rainstorm in the Nevada desert, a series of chain reaction events results in several people needing to stay at an out of the way motel managed by Larry. They are: ex-cop now limo driver Ed, and his client Caroline, a diva of a once famous actress; quiet adolescent Timmy, his stepfather George, and his mother Alice, who was seriously injured when Ed accidentally ran over her as she watched George change their flat tire; prostitute Paris, who was the unwitting cause of George's flat tire; newlyweds Lou and Ginny, whose marriage is based on a lie; and Police Officer Rhodes, who was en route escorting prisoner Robert to his new ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Identity is a secret. Identity is a mystery. Identity is a killer. See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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25 April 2003 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,225,263 (USA) (25 April 2003)

Gross:

$51,475,962 (USA) (13 June 2003)
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Trivia

The book seen in Ed's car as he picks up Paris is "Being and Nothingness" by Jean-Paul Sartre. See more »

Goofs

The newspapers shown during the opening credits are quite accurate, revealing additional information about the killer's background. In one case, though, two columns show exactly the same text. See more »

Quotes

Paris: I give up. HEY. I GIVE UP. WHAT THE HELL DO YOU WANT? WHAT DO YOU WANT, YOU SICK BASTARD? What the fuck do you want from us? I am turning thirty next week, and I just want to go home, and grow oranges.
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The first few opening credits leave behind a letter to the word "IDENTITY" as they fade away. See more »

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References Joy Ride (2001) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Like a hit to the head from left field
23 January 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie totally surprised me on every level. I had never even heard of it until recently; when an observant video store clerk noticed how many thrillers I was hiring and suggested it.

Having missed it at the movies, I figured it would be the usual B-grade mystery murder flick, a bit of fun at best. Instead this movie had me hooked from the opening sequence; I almost thought they'd put the wrong DVD in the box!

The story is like one big twisted, turning tunnel- with barely a glimmer of a light at the end. The cast is great, the setting appropriately scary- with no short measure of red herrings to keep you guessing.

The cast really delivers too; the characters are diverse and given enough attention to keep you engaged but not so much as to slow the action down. John Cusack is in fine form as the easily likable ex-cop trying to hold it all together; Jake Busey plays the psychotic to perfection as usual.

I don't usually go in for gore, but there's really barely more than a few hints of blood & guts. Definitely one to watch in the dark with a group of friends to scare the hell out of yourselves. You won't regret this one.


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