Usual Suspects

Directed By: Bryan Singer Starring: Gabriel Byrne Kevin Spacey

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What a great movie

on 3/26/2002

This movies has one of the best endings I have ever seen. It keeps you interested right up until the end. The DVD enhances your experience with awesome extras. I would recommend this to anyone. Read More

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This is a top 5 movie in everyone's book!!

by The Unusual Writer on 4/5/2002

If you like movies that grip you, then floor you, this is it. Every once in a while a movie comes along that has you spending hours around the proverbial "water cooler". This movie was so good that it did it again with its release on DVD. This is a must buy. Read More

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Product Overview

The intricate series of events leading up to a fateful fire on the docks of L.A. Are recounted from the perspective of five small-time criminals trying to make one big deal.


Studio MGM
SKU 40164622
UPC 027616874818
UPC 14 00027616874818
Format DVD
Release Date 5/6/2014
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Film Noir
Scams And Cons
Theatrical Release
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
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
Bryan Singer
Gabriel Byrne
Kevin Spacey
Cast & Crew
Benecio Del Toro - Actor
Chazz Palminteri - Actor
Gabriel Byrne - Actor
Kevin Pollack - Actor
Kevin Spacey - Actor
Stephen Baldwin - Actor
Bryan Singer - Director
Bryan Singer - Producer
Michael McDonnell - Producer
Christopher McQuarrie - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
Catalog ID 113929
UPC 00027616874818
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 106 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1996) Kevin Spacey, Winner, Best Supporting Actor,Christopher McQuarrie, Winner, Best Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen
Golden Globe (1996) Kevin Spacey, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review a maze you'll be happy to get lost in
ReviewRating 0
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Nothing is remotely usual about The Usual Suspects... rewards multiple viewings because the slippery characters and shifting points of view add up to a film of hypnotic and haunting resonance... the cast carries the emotional ball. The Usual Suspects is acted to sweet perfection.
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review Let your concentration flag for an instant during Bryan Singer's deliciously intricate The Usual Suspects, and you're lost forever... this thriller is like a game of life-and-death chess, with quick double-crosses and wild gambits... After the movie you're still trying to connect the dots and make it all fit--and these days, how often can we say that?
Reviewer Hal Hinson
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource HBO
Review thoroughly engrossing film
ReviewRating 0
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Byrne,Gabriel
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Rolling Stone Freshest and scariest crime thriller to come along since Pulp Fiction.
HBO Thoroughly engrossing film.
Los Angeles Times A polished exercise in pure virtuoso style!
Hal Hinson, Washington Post ...deliciously intricate...
Jim Byerley, HBO On-Line ...thoroughly engrossing...
Newsweek A stylish and intricate thriller stocked with powerhouse performers.

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