The Usual Suspects (1995)
Front Cover Actor
Gabriel Byrne Dean Keaton
Kevin Spacey Roger "Verbal" Kint
Chazz Palminteri Dave Kujan
Stephen Baldwin McManus
Kevin Pollak Todd Hockney
Pete Postlethwaite Kobayashi
Benicio Del Toro Fred Fenster
Dan Hedaya Jeff Rabin
Suzy Amis Edie Finneran
David Powladge Bodyguard
Movie Details
Genre Crime; Drama; Thriller
Director Bryan Singer
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Run Time 105 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Ever since this convoluted thriller dazzled audiences and critics in 1995 and won an Oscar for Christopher McQuarrie's twisting screenplay, The Usual Suspects has continued to divide movie lovers into opposite camps. While a lot of people take great pleasure from the movie's now-famous central mystery (namely, "Who is Keyser Söze?"), others aren't so easily impressed by a movie that's too enamored of its own cleverness to make much sense. After all, what are we to make of a final scene that renders the entire movie obsolete? Half the fun of The Usual Suspects is the debate it provokes and the sheer pleasure of watching its dynamic cast in action, led (or should we say, misled) by Oscar winner Kevin Spacey as the club-footed con man who recounts the saga of enigmatic Hungarian mobster Keyser Söze. Spacey's in a band of thieves that includes Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollak, and Benicio Del Toro, all gathered in a plot to steal a large shipment of cocaine. The story is told in flashback as a twisted plot being described by Spacey's character to an investigating detective (Chazz Palmintieri), and The Usual Suspects is enjoyable for the way it keeps the viewer guessing right up to its surprise ending. Whether that ending will enhance or extinguish the pleasure is up to each viewer to decide. Even if it ultimately makes little or no sense at all, this is a funny and fiendish thriller, guaranteed to entertain even its vocal detractors. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 242
Collection Status In Collection
Links Amazon US
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 780063022729
Release Date 6/24/1997
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen