Usual Suspects (Blu-ray)

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Specifications

Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 220542807
UPC 883904228028
UPC 14 00883904228028
Format Blu-Ray DVD
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
Chazz Palminteri - Star
Stephen Baldwin - Star
Gabriel Byrne - Star
Suzy Amis - Star
Giancarlo Esposito - Star
Kevin Spacey - Star
Kevin Pollak - Star
Benicio Del Toro - Star
John Ottman - Composer
Louise Mingenbach - Costume Designer
John Ottman - Editor
Newton Thomas Sigel - Director of Photography
Bryan Singer - Producer
Howard Cummings - Production Designer
Christopher McQuarrie - Screenwriter
Bryan Singer - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
UPC 00883904228028
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 106 minutes
Color Color
Awards
Name Kevin Spacey
Award Category Best Supporting Actor
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1995
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Christopher McQuarrie
Award Category Best Original Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1995
Award Giver Academy Awards
Features
Limited Edition, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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