Identity (2003) Poster



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The poem "As I was going up the stair / I met a man who wasn't there. / He wasn't there again today / I wish, I wish he'd go away" which one of the characters claims to have written when young, is really a poem named Antigonish by William Hughes Mearns. This poem was also turned into a popular song, giving it widespread attention.
There was some location shooting in Lancaster and other places in Los Angeles County, but the majority of the movie was shot on an enormous sound stage at Sony Studios in Culver City (the same studio that once housed the set for the Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz (1939)).
Bret Loehr gets only one line of dialogue in the whole film. And even then, some of it is spoken first by Pruitt Taylor Vince.
This was Frederick Coffin's final acting role before his death on July 31, 2003 at the age of 60.
The book seen in Ed's car as he picks up Paris is "Being and Nothingness" by Jean-Paul Sartre.
Ray Liotta's character was asked where he was heading with this con. His reply was Carson City. John Cusack was in Con Air where the cons took over the plane in Carson City.
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'John Cusack' and 'Amanda Peet' would later go on to play the lead roles in 2012 (2009), where they play a recently divorced couple. John Cusack played a limousine driver in 2012 (2009), while his character in Identity is a driver.
The song the prisoner starts to sing as he is lead to the bathroom is I got stripes a prison song by Johnny cash who died the year after the films release
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Ed (John Cusack) shoots Rhodes (Ray Liotta) at the end of the movie, you can see Rhodes mouth the words "I didn't do this" and Ed replies "I know". Neither of these lines are audible. They were muted because the director felt that would make it obvious that Rhodes was not the killer, thus making the true climax (finding that Timmy is the killer) less surprising.
A life-size dummy was created to depict the murdered character played by Jake Busey, with a baseball bat lodged in his throat. One of the studio executives asked to keep the dummy as a souvenir, and stored it in his office closet. One night a cleaning woman opened the closet and was frightened out of her wits. The dummy was removed from the offices immediately after that incident.
The naked business man Paris tied to the bed at the beginning of the movie is one of Malcolm's identities; he is also the agent Caroline Suzanne is speaking to on the phone. He was penned as the first identity in the movie to "die", but the scenes were shaved from the movie.
The killer can be seen at Caroline Suzanne's motel room window through a muslin drape in a reflection while she is standing at the mirror. The killer is also briefly seen in the background, passing the laundry room window, after Ed Dakota enters, opens the second dryer door and glances toward the third dryer.
Several endings were filmed in order to shroud the real conclusion in secrecy.
The odds of all ten characters having the same birthday are approximately 1 in 115,694,315,636,972,669,502,854 (that's about 1 in 115 sextillion).
The complete names of the characters in the motel are:
  • Edward 'Ed' Dakota
  • Samuel Rhodes
  • Paris Nevada
  • George York
  • Alice York
  • Timmy York
  • Larry Washington
  • Caroline Suzanne
  • Virginia "Ginny" Isiana
  • Lou Isiana
  • Robert Maine
The motel manager corpse that was hidden in the freezer by Larry is played by Stuart M. Besser, the executive producer and production manager for the movie.
Although its not a direct remake of the novel/film "And Then There Were None" (sometimes known as "Ten Little Indians") written by Agatha Christie, the film takes several plot points from the story, and even references "that movie where the ten strangers went to an island, and then they all died, one by one" in the dialogue.

Although the play and film adaptations give the story a happy ending, Identity keeps the original novel's ending in which the killer is revealed as one of the previous victims who faked their death and no one survives the incident, though by the novel account the killer commits suicide after convincing the last survivor to kill themselves as well.
In the first draft, the killer was an expatriate female teacher from Australia, however it was decided that a female teacher who was a serial killer may not have gone down too well with parent groups, and it was dropped.
Body count: 14. This does not count the girl Ed didn't save or the 6 people Malcolm killed in the past.
Leila Kenzle would sometimes be replaced with a dummy throughout shooting, such as just after she died.

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