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#941. The Usual Suspects

  • Year: 1995
  • Country: USA/Germany
  • Language: English/Hungarian/Spanish/French
  • Production: Bad Hat Harry, Blue Parrot, PolyGram, Gramercy, Spelling, 106m
  • Director: Bryan Singer
  • Producer: Kenneth Kokin, Michael McDonnell, Bryan Singer
  • Screenplay: Christopher McQuarrie
  • Photography: Newton Thomas Sigel
  • Music: John Ottman
  • Cast: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del Toro, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Pete Postlethwaite, Kevin Spacey
  • Oscar Wins: Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay

Abridged Book Description

The Usual Suspects is an absorbing confidence trick concerning the identification of a criminal archfiend: Who is Keyser Soze? With its convoluted plotting, macho repartee, and Bryan Singer's confident direction, the great trick the filmmakers pulled was convincing audiences to see the movie again immediately... Singer delights in sleights of hand, like a camera dissolve into a swirling cup of coffee and a thrilling elevator shaft assassination, that make one forgetful of loose ends... The ultimate accolade is that one can't say the film doesn't hold up. It may not add up, but it remains a madly intriguing puzzle.