DVD 127 mins IMDB 8.4 (111,960 votes) top 250: #41
Seven - New Line Platinum Series
New Line Home Entertainment (1995)
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Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
USA  /  English

Brad Pitt Detective David Mills
Morgan Freeman Detective Lt. William Somerset
Gwyneth Paltrow Tracy Mills
Kevin Spacey John Doe
R. Lee Ermey Police Captain
Andrew Kevin Walker Dead Man (as Andy Walker)
Daniel Zacapa Detective Taylor
John Cassini Officer Davis
Bob Mack Gluttony Victim
Peter Crombie Dr. O'Neill
John C. McGinley
Richard Portnow
David Fincher
Reg E. Cathey Coroner
George Christy Workman
Endre Hules Cab Driver
Hawthorne James George, Library Night Guard
William Davidson Library Guard (as Roscoe Davidson)

Director David Fincher
Producer Phyllis Carlyle; Arnold Kopelson; Anne Kopelson
Writer Andrew Kevin Walker
Cinematography Darius Khondji
Musician David Bowie; Brian Eno; Trent Reznor; Howard Shore
User Credit 1 Richard Francis-Bruce
User Credit 2 Michael Kaplan

The most viscerally frightening and disturbing homicidal maniac picture since The Silence of the Lambs, Seven is based on an idea that's both gruesome and ingenious. A serial killer forces each of his victims to die by acting out one of the seven deadly sins. The murder scene is then artfully arranged into a grotesque tableau, a graphic illustration of each mortal vice. From the jittery opening credits to the horrifying (and seemingly inescapable) concluding twist, director David Fancher immerses us in a murky urban twilight where everything seems to be rotting, rusting, or molding; the air is cold and heavy with dread. Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt are the detectives who skillfully track down the killer--all the while unaware that he has been closing in on them, as well. Gwyneth Paltrow and Kevin Spacey are also featured, but it is director Fancher and the ominous, overwhelmingly oppressive atmosphere of doom that he creates that are the real stars of the film. It's a terrific date movie--for vampires. --Jim Emerson

Edition Details
Barcode 794043438127
Region Region 1
Chapters 38
Release Date 9/3/1997
Packaging Snap Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Layers Dual Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Interactive Menus
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Cast Bios
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Grisly afterviews of horrific and bizarre killings, and for strong language.
User Text 2 Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to light.
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Trivia: One version of the script contained a few scenes following the final confrontation between the detectives and John Doe. In one Somerset is recovering in the hospital after being shot by Mills, and the captain delivers a letter to him from Mills which reads, "You were right. You were right about everything." (more)

Goofs: Continuity: The amount of the name that is left on the door when the janitor is scraping it off. (more)

[first lines]
Police Captain: Neighbors heard them screaming at each other, like for two hours, and it was nothing new. Then they heard the gun go off, both barrels. Crime of passion.
William Somerset: Yea, just look at all the passion on that wall.

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 18 wins & 17 nominations (more)