Usual Suspects (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Bryan Singer Starring: Gabriel Byrne Kevin Spacey

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Product Overview

Who Is Keyser Soze? To know him is to fear him. He murders his enemies, slaughtered his family. He is the most ruthless, brutal killer the world has ever known. Mastermind behind a $91 million dollar drug heist with no drugs, no money and 29 dead bodies floating in the harbor. Who is Keyser Soze? "If you can figure out before the final reel, there's a top job waiting for you at the C.I.A." says Gene Shalit on Today.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 203409624
UPC 027616063335
UPC 14 00027616063335
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/13/2007
Rating Rating
Keywords
Essential Cinema
Film Noir
Mystery
Psychodrama
Recommended
Scams And Cons
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note Director Bryan Singer's labyrinthine crime drama centers on five career criminals (played by Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, and Stephen Baldwin) who meet after being rounded up for a standard police line-up. Upon their release, the men band together to pull off an intricate heist involving $3 million worth of emeralds. Their success brings them to the attention of the enigmatic Keyser Soze, an unseen, nefarious, and mythic underworld crime figure who coerces them into pulling off an important and highly dangerous job. The scenes that follow make THE USUAL SUSPECTS one of the most fascinating crime thrillers in cinema history.^Working from the Oscar-winning screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, Singer adroitly tells the complex story through flashbacks, cross-cutting, and voice-over narration. Such nimble handling of the intricacies of the nonlinear narrative adds to the suspense, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats until the clever, satisfying finale. Singer's expertise in the technical aspects of filmmaking--his use of a dioptic filter to keep two close-up faces in focus, as well as his inventive use of six-frame step printing--helped him earn his reputation as a visually impressive and stylish director. Filled with excellent performances from veteran actors (Kevin Spacey won his first Academy Award for his breakthrough role as Verbal Kint), THE USUAL SUSPECTS placed Singer squarely on the cinematic map.
Plot Summary
Summary THE USUAL SUSPECTS is an intricately plotted and suspenseful tale about five very different crime suspects who meet while in a police line-up. After the quintet's fortuitous encounter, they decide to band together and attempt their own big heist by robbing a smuggler of $3 million worth of emeralds. However, the following job proves much more dangerous....
Memorable Quotes
Quote "What I want to know is, who's the gimp?"--Hockney (Kevin Pollak) to McManus (Stephen Baldwin), Fenster (Benicio Del Toro), and Keaton (Gabriel Byrne) about Kint (Kevin Spacey)
Quote "And that was how it started. The five of us being brought in on a trumped up charge, to be leaned on by half wits....What the cops never figured out, and what I know now, was that these men would never break, never lie down, never bend over for anybody. Anybody."--Kint to Agent Kujan (Chazz Palminteri)
Quote "That guy is tense. Tension is a killer. I used to be in a barber shop quartet in Skokie, Illinois. The baritone was this guy named Kip Tiskin, big fat guy...and I mean like Orca fat. He was so stressed in the morning...."--Kint to Kujan
Quote "I'm not a rat."--Kint to Kujan
Quote "But you say you saw Keaton die. I think you're covering his ass and he's still out there somewhere. I think he's behind that whole circus at the harbor. My bet is that he's using you because you're stupid and you think he's your friend."--Kujan to Kint
Quote "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist."--Kint to Kujan
Quote "It was Keyser Soze, Agent Kujan. I mean the devil himself. How do you shoot the devil in the back? What if you miss?"--Kint to Kujan
Quote "But why me? Why not Fenster or McManus or Hockney? Why me? I'm stupid. I'm a cripple. Why me?"--Kint to Kujan|"Because you're a cripple, Verbal. Because you're stupid, because you're weaker than them."--Kujan to Kint
Reviews
Premiere "...True resonance: It's clever way down deep..." - Recommended 02/01/1996 pp.91-2
Rolling Stone "...A film of hypnotic and haunting resonance..." 09/07/1995 p.75-6
USA Today "...One of the most densely plotted mysteries in memory..." 08/18/1995 p.11D
Entertainment Weekly "...Showily complex....When you catch on, you may feel elated..." -- Rating: B 09/22/1995 p.63
Variety "...An ironic, bang-up thriller about the wages of crime. A terrific cast of exciting actors socks over this absorbingly complicated yarn that's been spun in seductively slick fashion..." 01/30/1995
Directors
Bryan Singer
Actors
Gabriel Byrne
Kevin Spacey
Cast & Crew
Benicio Del Toro - Actor
Bryan Singer - Director
Bryan Singer - Producer
Chazz Palminteri - Actor
Christopher McQuarrie - Writer
Dan Hedaya - Actor
David Lazan - Art Director
Gabriel Byrne - Actor
Giancarlo Esposito - Actor
Hans Brockmann - Executive Producer
John Ottman - Editor
John Ottman - Original Music By
Kevin Pollak - Actor
Kevin Spacey - Actor
Newton Thomas Sigel - Cinematographer
Stephen Baldwin - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
Catalog ID 106333
UPC 00027616063335
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 106 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Winner (1996) British Academy Awards, John Ottman, Best Editing,British Academy Awards, Bryan Singer, Michael McDonnell, Best Film,British Academy Awards, Christopher McQuarrie, Best Screenplay - Original,Independent Spirit, Christopher McQuarrie, Best Screenplay,Independent Spirit, Benicio Del Toro, Best Supporting Male,Oscar, Kevin Spacey, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Christopher McQuarrie, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Nominee (1996) Golden Globe, Kevin Spacey, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Independent Spirit, Newton Thomas Sigel, Best Cinematography,Screen Actors Guild, Kevin Spacey, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Singer does an excellent job of blending humor into his noir thriller. There's enough to avoid a sense of ponderousness, but not so much that The Usual Suspects becomes campy. Unlike many motion pictures, this one continually builds to its conclusion. It starts out as the story of a small job, then evolves into a search for the dreaded Keyser Soze -- a legendary criminal of such viciousness that even hardened men like Keaton think twice before crossing him. The Usual Suspects moves towards its inevitable finale, Soze's shadowy presence becomes increasingly more ominous and important, and we get the sense that those who think they hold the cards actually have the weakest hands. In the way it folds its various elements into a single resolution (which the astute viewer will be able to guess beforehand), Singer's film can be accused of toying with the audience. However, at times like this, when the person tugging the strings is adept at his craft, being toyed with can be a worthwhile experience. The Usual Suspects is an accomplished synthesis of noir elements and, as such, is an entertaining entry to the genre.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review The Usual Suspects is the movie that made the name "Keyser Soze" a part of the pop culture landscape. In the movie, he's the boogie man, a myth among the criminal class that becomes all too real for the five crooks...That story all by itself, unreeling like a twisted fairytale from the mouth of Kint as he spills to police detective Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri), is enough to make a satisfying movie. The corker of a twist ending is what puts it over the top and transforms something good into something great...Everything went right with The Usual Suspects. Singer had only made one feature film before, Public Access, but his sophomore effort feels like it was made by a wily veteran...Ottman reveals that the first time he played his elegant score for the producers, it was approved, but some would have preferred something that sounded more contemporary--in other words, something that would have dated the film. But Singer and company dodged that bullet, and with the excellence of McQuarrie's screenplay and the life given it by this singular ensemble, The Usual Suspects has taken its place among the cream of crime dramas.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 9
Features
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Product Attributes
Actor Baldwin,Stephen
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Hal Hinson, The Washington Post ...deliciously intricate...
NewsWeek The best and most stylish crime movie of the 90s.
Jim Byerley, HBO Online ...thoroughly engrossing...
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune ...mystery, personality, humor and terror, laced with one stunning shock after another.

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