The Usual Suspects (1995)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 47 mins

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Following a truck hijack in New York, five conmen are arrested and brought together for questioning. As none of them is 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?
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Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey

Crew: Bryan Singer (Director), Newton Thomas Sigel (Director of Photography), John Ottman (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Release Dates: 16 Aug 1995 (India)

Tagline: The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince the world he didn't exist

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Did you know? The part of Verbal Kint was always intended for actor Kevin Spacey. Read More
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as Dean Keaton
as Roger 'Verbal' Kint
as Fred Fenster
as Arturro Marquez
as Dave Kujan, US Customs
as Dr. Plummer
as Dr. Walters
as Sgt. Jeffrey 'Jeff' Rabin
as Rizzi
as Dean Keaton
as Todd Hockney
as Strausz
as Sketch Artist
as Kobayashi
as Daniel Metzheiser, Dept. of Justice
as Keyser's Wife
as Michael McManus
as Edie Finneran


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Music Director


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Film Type:
Feature Film
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Dolby Digital
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The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince the world he didn't exist
Who is Keyser Soze?
Five Criminals . One Line Up . No Coincidence
In a world where nothing is what it seems you've got to look beyond...
The truth is always in the last place you look.
Crew/Equipment Visible
During Verbal's interrogation, when Dave Kujan bends over to pick up the dropped cigarette lighter, several lighting stands and a flag are visible in the background, by the desk lamp.

Crew/Equipment Visible
(at around 12 mins) After the lineup scene when the characters are moved to the cell, as Fenster begins to pace back and forth, there is a silver microphone visible underneath the bench that Todd Hockney is laying on. Two seconds later it vanishes.

Audio/Video Mismatch
Dean Keaton's line "If I don't get Kobayashi my way she'll get him her way", spoken to Verbal Kint by the dock, doesn't match the movement of his lips.

Audio/Video Mismatch
During the harbour scene near the end, the report of McManus's Steyr AUG is very muted and yet he has no silencer attached.

Audio/Video Mismatch
(At around 34 mins) When one of the guys, robbing the corrupt cops, wearing pantie hose on his head and sitting in the driver seat of the white panel van looks back and says "hurry up" and his mouth is not moving.

Character Error
Keaton calls the Hungarian language "Russian", although it sounds nothing like it. The Verbal character corrects this.

The blood on the elevator window.

Shot of a landing Jumbo Jet (four-engined Boeing 747) becomes a twin-engined 767 or 777 a minute later.

When McManus lights the "finest taxi service" on fire, he drops the lighter, and the sky-view of the car shows fires starting on three separate places on top of the car: the hood, roof, and trunk.

Crew/Equipment Visible
In the scene when the men go to ambush Mr. Kobayashi at his law offices, just after he enters the front door of the lobby with his bodyguards, crew members and lighting stands are visible in the reflection of the polished marble as the camera dollies past the column.
The line-up scene was scripted as a serious scene, but after a full day of filming takes where the actors couldn't keep a straight face, director Bryan Singer decided to use the funniest takes. A making-of documentary shows Singer becoming furious at the actors for the constant cracking-up. In an interview (on the Special Edition DVD), Kevin Pollak states that the hilarity came about when Benicio Del Toro "farted, like 12 takes in a row." Del Toro himself said "somebody" farted, but no one knew who.

When he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Kevin Spacey famously said "Well, whoever Keyzer Soze is, I can tell you he's gonna get gloriously drunk tonight."

Al Pacino also read the part of Dave Kujan, but had to pass due to scheduling conflicts. Pacino has since noted that this is the film he regrets turning down the most.

When Redfoot flicks his cigarette into the face of McManus, it was originally intended to hit his chest, so McManus' reaction is actually Stephen Baldwin's real unscripted reaction that Bryan Singer decided to keep in the movie.

Kevin Spacey had the fingers on his left hand glued together to make his character's disability more realistic, and filed down his shoes to make them look worn by his character's limp.

All the actors worked for less than their usual fees.

The part of Verbal Kint was always intended for actor Kevin Spacey.

In a poll on IMDb, the movie was voted as having the best plot twist, beating out The Sixth Sense (1999), The Crying Game (1992), and Witness for the Prosecution (1957).

Shot on a budget of $6 million over a period of 35 days.

The role of Dave Kujan was offered to Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken, who both turned it down.

As Fenster and Hockney enter the garage shortly before the jewelry heist, Hockney can be heard telling a joke about a "chick" in the backseat of a car that is "totally naked". The punchline of this joke can be heard later on in the film in Hungarian, told by two Hungarians leaving a building by the docks before the climactic finish at the boat.