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Director David Fincher's dark, stylish thriller ranks as one of the decade's most influential box-office successes. Set in a hellish vision of a New York-like city, where it is always raining and the air crackles with impending death, the film concerns Det. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman), a homicide specialist just one week from a well-deserved retirement. Every minute of his 32 years on the job is evident in Somerset's worn, exhausted face, and his soul aches with the pain that can only come from having seen and felt far too much. But Somerset's retirement must wait for one last case, for which he is teamed with young hotshot David Mills (Brad Pitt), the fiery detective set to replace him at the end of the week. Mills has talked his reluctant wife, Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), into moving to the big city so that he can tackle important cases, but his first and Somerset's last are more than either man has bargained for. A diabolical serial killer is staging grisly murders, choosing victims representing the seven deadly sins. First, an obese man is forced to eat until his stomach ruptures to represent gluttony, then a wealthy defense lawyer is made to cut off a pound of his own flesh as penance for greed. Somerset initially refuses to take the case, realizing that there will be five more murders, ghastly sermons about lust, sloth, pride, wrath, and envy presented by a madman to a sinful world. Somerset is correct, and something within him cannot let the case go, forcing the weary detective to team with Mills and see the case to its almost unspeakably horrible conclusion. The moody photography is by Darius Khondji; the nauseatingly vivid special effects are by makeup artist Rob Bottin, best known for more fantasy-oriented work in films like Rob Bottin (1981). ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

  • Release date:September 22, 1995


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Francis-Bruce Best Editing 1995 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Darius Khondji Best Cinematography 1995 Winner
American Society of Cinematographers Darius Khondji Best Cinematography 1995 Nominee
National Board of Review Kevin Spacey Best Supporting Actor 1995 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Kevin Spacey Best Supporting Actor (Runner-up) 1995 Winner


Brad Pitt
as David Mills
Morgan Freeman
as William Somerset
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Tracy Mills
Kevin Spacey
as John Doe
R. Lee Ermey
as Police Captain
Richard Roundtree
as Talbot
Bob Stephenson
as Cop on SWAT Team
Richard Portnow
as Dr. Beardsley
Peter Crombie
as Dr. O'Neill
Daniel Zacapa
John Cassini
as Officer Davis
Leland Orser
as Crazed Man in Massage Parlour
Reg E. Cathey
as Coroner
Gene Borkan
as Eli Gould (Sin of Greed)
Pamela Tyson
Mark Boone, Jr.
as Greasy FBI Man
Lexie Bigham
as Sweating Cop at Massage Parlour
Michael Massee
as Man in Massage Parlour Booth
Shannon Wilcox
as Cop Behind Desk
Andrew Kevin Walker
as Opening Scene Corpse (uncredited)
Julie Araskog
as Mrs. Gould
Brian Evers
as Duty Sergeant
Harrison White
as Cop on SWAT Team
Allan Kolman
as Forensic Man
Michael Reid Mackay
as Victor (Sin of Sloth)
Hawthorne James
as George, Library Night Guard
David Correia
as Cop at Massage Parlour
Tudor Sherrard
as Coupon Man
Richard Schiff
as Mark Swarr
John C. McGinley
as California
Dominique Jennings
as TV News Reporter
George Christy
as Workman
Charles Tamburro
as SWAT Helicopter Pilot


David Fincher
Arnold Kopelson
William C. Gerrity
Phyllis Carlyle
Andrew Kevin Walker
Darius Khondji
Howard Shore
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Francis-Bruce
Arthur Max
Production Designer
Gary Wissner
Art Director
Clay Griffith
Art Director
Richard Saperstein
Stephen Brown
Lynn Harris
Nana Greenwald
Michele Platt
Associate Producer
Anne Kopelson
Executive Producer
Dan Kolsrud
Executive Producer
Gianni Nunnari
Executive Producer
Lori Rowbotham
Set Designer
Hugo Santiago
Set Designer
Clay Griffith
Set Designer
Elizabeth Lapp
Set Designer
Michael Kaplan
Costume Designer
Willie D. Burton
Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Cangemi
Special Effects
Nilo Otero
First Assistant Director
Billy Hopkins
Monty Westmore
Rob Bottin