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The Usual Suspects ()


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A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.

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  • Won 2 Oscars. Another 35 wins & 15 nominations.
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McManus
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Keaton
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Fenster
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Hockney
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Dave Kujan
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Kobayashi
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Edie Finneran
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Jack Baer
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Jeff Rabin
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Smuggler
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Saul Berg
Phillipe Simon ...
Fortier
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Renault
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Dr. Plummer
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Dr. Walters
Morgan Hunter ...
Arkosh Kovash
Ken Daly ...
Translator
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Sketch Artist
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Strausz
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Rizzi
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Daniel Metzheiser
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Arresting Officer
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Cop on Pier
Bob Elmore ...
Bodyguard #1
David Powledge ...
Bodyguard #2
Bob Pennetta ...
Bodyguard #3
Billy Bates ...
Bodyguard #4 (as Bill Bates)
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Keyser's Wife
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Arturro Marquez
Peter Rocca ...
Arturro's Bodyguard
Bert Williams ...
Old Cop
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jaime H. Campos ...
Police Officer (uncredited)
John Gillespie ...
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Office Worker (uncredited)
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Redfoot the Fence (uncredited)
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Cop in Hallway (uncredited)
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Interrogation Cop (uncredited)
Scott B. Morgan ...
Keyser Söze (in flashback) (uncredited)
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N.Y. Uniform Cop (uncredited)
Grace Sinden ...
Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by

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Bryan Singer

Written by

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Christopher McQuarrie ... (written by)

Produced by

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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

Music by

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John Ottman

Cinematography by

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Newton Thomas Sigel ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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John Ottman

Editorial Department

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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

Casting By

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Francine Maisler

Production Design by

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Howard Cummings

Art Direction by

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David Lazan

Set Decoration by

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Sara Andrews

Costume Design by

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Louise Mingenbach

Makeup Department

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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 / assistant makeup artist
David Greathouse ... special makeup effects crew: Modus
Kim Greene ... makeup swing (as Kimberly Greene)
Richard Maybery ... special makeup effects crew: Modus
Barbara Olvera ... key hair stylist
Yolanda Squatpump ... special makeup effects crew: Modus

Production Management

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Vicky Herman ... production supervisor
Jane Raab ... production manager: New York
Michael Tinger ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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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)
Steve Ingrassia ... swing (as Steven Ingrassia)
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 / 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

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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 ... 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 ... 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
Beau Baker ... boom operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Roy L. Downey ... special effects coordinator (as Roy Downey)
Greg Hendrickson ... special effects foreman
Thomas R. Grace ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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David B. Long ... digital playback supervisor

Stunts

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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

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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: steadicam
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 ... director of photography: second unit (as Scott Sakamoto) / steadicam operator (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

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Kathy Driscoll ... casting associate
Judie Fixler ... extras casting: New York
Lisa Miller Katz ... casting associate (as Lisa Miller)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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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

Location Management

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Ashley R. Friedman ... location manager (as Ashley Friedman)
Jun C. Lin ... location assistant (as Jun Lin)
Chanel Salzer ... location manager
Greg Schnabel ... location manager: New York

Music Department

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Dan Abernathy ... music mixer / music recording engineer
Larry Groupé ... conductor (as Larry Groupe) / orchestra contractor / orchestrator (as Larry Groupe)
Darrell Harvey ... music mixer / music recording engineer
Lia Vollack ... music editor
Lawrence Czoka ... music preparation (uncredited)
John Ottman ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dan Siegel ... session musician (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Joseph Aroesti ... transportation co-captain
Michael Banlowe ... driver
Jody Bingenheimer ... driver
Robin D. Bishop ... driver
Joe Cosentino ... driver / 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)
Steve Larson ... transportation office assistant (uncredited)
William R. Peck ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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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
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)
Mark R. Lindsay ... sales representative (as Mark Lindsay)
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
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)

Thanks

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David J. Bloomfield ... special thanks (as David Bloomfield)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Following a truck hijack in New York, five conmen are arrested and brought together for questioning. As none of them are 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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Taglines The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince the world he didn't exist See more »
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Also Known As
  • Die üblichen Verdächtigen (Germany)
  • Usual Suspects (Japan, English title)
  • Usual Suspects (France)
  • Sospechosos habituales (Spain)
  • Sospitosos habituals (Spain, Catalan title)
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Runtime
  • 106 min
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Box Office

Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $645,363, 20 Aug 1995
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $34,449,356

Did You Know?

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Trivia Benicio Del Toro's bizarre dialect in the film was reportedly so unintelligible that during one scene, Stephen Baldwin actually forgot his cue due to being unable to understand what Del Toro had said. See more »
Goofs During the line-up scene, as the suspects enter the line-up booth, a microphone can be seen above Hockney's position. This is a standard feature of police line-up booths. (In some releases of the movie this is not visible because the scene has been cropped vertically to change its aspect ratio.) See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Keyser Söze: Lie or Legend? (2002). See more »
Soundtracks Le sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir See more »
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 »
Quotes [last lines]
Verbal: After that my guess is that you will never hear from him again. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that... he is gone.
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