DVD 106 mins IMDB 8.7 (126,746 votes) top 250: #15
The Usual Suspects - Special Edition
MGM / UA (1995)
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Stephen Baldwin Michael McManus
Gabriel Byrne Dean Keaton
Benicio Del Toro Fred Fenster
Kevin Pollak Todd Hockney
Kevin Spacey Roger 'Verbal' Kint
Chazz Palminteri Dave Kujan, US Customs
Pete Postlethwaite Kobayashi
Suzy Amis Edie Finneran
Giancarlo Esposito Jack Baer, FBI
Dan Hedaya Sgt. Geoffrey 'Jeff' Rabin
David Powladge Bodyguard
Paul Bartel Smuggler
Carl Bressler Saul Berg
Phillip Simon Fortier
Jack Shearer Renault
Christine Estabrook Dr. Plummer

Director Bryan Singer
Producer Michael McDonnell; Bryan Singer; Hans Brockmann; Francois Duplat
Writer Christopher McQuarrie
Cinematography Newton Thomas Sigel
Musician John Ottman
User Credit 1 John Ottman
User Credit 2 Louise Mingenbach

Near the end of The Usual Suspects, Kevin Spacey, in his Oscar-winning performance as crippled con man Roger "Verbal" Kint, says, "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." This may be the key line in this story; the farther along the movie goes, the more one realizes that not everything is quite what it seems, and what began as a conventional whodunit turns into something quite different. A massive explosion rips through a ship in a San Pedro, CA, harbor, leaving 27 men dead, the lone survivor horribly burned, and 91 million dollars' worth of cocaine, believed to be on board, mysteriously missing. Police detective Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri) soon brings in the only witness and key suspect, "Verbal" Kint. Kint's nickname stems from his inability to keep his mouth shut, and he recounts the events that led to the disaster. Five days earlier, a truckload of gun parts was hijacked in Queens, NY, and five men were brought in as suspects: Kint, hot-headed hipster thief McManus (Stephen Baldwin), ill-tempered thug Hockney (Kevin Pollak), flashy wise guy Fenster (Benicio Del Toro), and Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), a cop gone bad now trying to go straight in the restaurant business. While in stir, someone suggests that they should pull a job together, and Kint hatches a plan for a simple and lucrative jewel heist. Despite Keaton's misgivings, the five men pull off the robbery without a hitch and fly to Los Angeles to fence the loot. Their customer asks if they'd be interested in pulling a quick job while out West; the men agree, but the robbery goes horribly wrong and they soon find themselves visited by Kobayashi (Pete Postlethwaite), who represents a criminal mastermind named Keyser Soze. Soze's violent reputation is so infamous that he's said to have responded to a threat to murder his family by killing them himself, just to prove that he feared no one. When Kobayashi passes along a heist proposed by Soze that sounds like suicide, the men feel that they have little choice but to agree. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 027616780126
Region Region 1
Chapters 32
Release Date 12/7/1999
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Dual Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Widescreen
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Violence and a substantial amount of strong language.
User Text 2 Five Criminals . One Line Up . No Coincidence
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Trivia: The cop's reaction to Benicio Del Toro during the line-up ("In English please") was unscripted and unrehearsed, as was Del Toro's rather strong reaction. (more)

Goofs: Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Keaton calls the language the Hungarians are speaking Russian, which although it sounds nothing like Hungarian, he wouldn't necessarily know. Verbal correctly identifies them as Hungarian, which is not surprising. (more)

Dave Kujan: A rumor's not a rumor that doesn't die...
Jeff Rabin: What?
Dave Kujan: Nothing.

Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 6 nominations (more)