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Identity (2003)

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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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James Mangold

Writer:

Michael Cooney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Ed
Ray Liotta ... Rhodes
Amanda Peet ... Paris
John Hawkes ... Larry
Alfred Molina ... Dr. Malick
Clea DuVall ... Ginny
John C. McGinley ... George York
William Lee Scott ... Lou
Jake Busey ... Robert Maine
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Malcolm Rivers
Rebecca De Mornay ... Caroline Suzanne (as Rebecca DeMornay)
Carmen Argenziano ... Defense Lawyer
Marshall Bell ... District Attorney
Leila Kenzle ... Alice York
Matt Letscher ... Assistant District Attorney
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I.D. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,225,263, 27 April 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,159,536

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,259,536
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

The prisoner is described as carrying an "Axis IV Dissociative Disorder." In psychiatric diagnosis, psychiatric disorders fall under Axis I, personality disorders and mental retardation fall under Axis II, medical disorders fall under Axis III, a general summary of psychosocial stressors (eg. health problems, money problems, or family problems, and rated as None, Mild, Moderate, or Severe) fall under Axis IV, and the patient's Global Assessment of Function score (GAF: 0 to 100) falls under Axis V. Dissociative Disorder is an Axis I diagnosis. See more »

Quotes

Caroline Suzanne: What are you doing?
Ed: Sorry, lady. It's a step down from the Ramada but it'll have to do.
Caroline Suzanne: I'm not staying here! Are you out of your mind? This is my car. You work for me, and you get those bags back in this car right now!
Caroline Suzanne: [Ed drags her out of the limo] Listen, I understand the bleeding person has medical condition, okay? But so do I. My lung walls have... depleted cilia. If I stay here, I could asphyxiate!
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Crazy Credits

The first few opening credits leave behind a letter to the word "IDENTITY" as they fade away. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD contains an extended version with an additional scene at the courthouse. This occurs right after Lou, Ginny and Paris go to their rooms for the first time. It shows Dr. Malick arriving and Detective Varole getting upset that the prisoner transport is out of contact. It also has a slightly altered ending that intercuts the killer with the real Malcolm Rivers committing the murders. See more »

Connections

References Joy Ride (2001) See more »

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Win Music Season 19
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Identity brings a new meaning to the term "A Psychological thriller"
18 August 2003 | by roblopSee all my reviews

Let me tell you that I will give away nothing about the plot in this review and no spoilers will be included.

The movie is really a multi genre film. Thriller, Suspense, Horror but I would definately put it more into the mystery category.

The story is hard enough to explain but trust me see the movie and you will not regret it.

The acting is perfect, each character is played extremely well by their respective actors, Ray Liotta, John Cusack, Amanda Peet and many others really do make this a top notch movie and one that will keep you guessing right till the final credits.

I must also state that this movie involves one of the biggest twists that I have ever seen in a movie since the sixth sense or even the others. The twist is unforgettable and is enough of a reason to go out and see this amazingly written and directed edge-of-your-seat-thriller.

Let me finish by saying that I gave this movie a perfect 10, you cant beat it and for a genuine shock and thrill see this one because I know that you will enjoy it.


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