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The Usual Suspects Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Near the end of The Usual Suspects, Kevin Spacey, in his Oscar-winning performance as crippled con man Roger "Verbal" Kint, says, "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." This may be the key line in this story; the farther along the movie goes, the more one realizes that not everything is quite what it seems, and what began as a conventional whodunit turns into something quite different. A massive explosion rips through a ship in a San Pedro, CA, harbor, leaving 27 men dead, the lone survivor horribly burned, and 91 million dollars' worth of cocaine, believed to be on board, mysteriously missing. Police detective Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri) soon brings in the only witness and key suspect, "Verbal" Kint. Kint's nickname stems from his inability to keep his mouth shut, and he recounts the events that led to the disaster. Five days earlier, a truckload of gun parts was hijacked in Queens, NY, and five men were brought in as suspects: Kint, hot-headed hipster thief McManus (Stephen Baldwin), ill-tempered thug Hockney (Kevin Pollak), flashy wise guy Fenster (Benicio Del Toro), and Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), a cop gone bad now trying to go straight in the restaurant business. While in stir, someone suggests that they should pull a job together, and Kint hatches a plan for a simple and lucrative jewel heist. Despite Keaton's misgivings, the five men pull off the robbery without a hitch and fly to Los Angeles to fence the loot. Their customer asks if they'd be interested in pulling a quick job while out West; the men agree, but the robbery goes horribly wrong and they soon find themselves visited by Kobayashi (Pete Postlethwaite), who represents a criminal mastermind named Keyser Soze. Soze's violent reputation is so infamous that he's said to have responded to a threat to murder his family by killing them himself, just to prove that he feared no one. When Kobayashi passes along a heist proposed by Soze that sounds like suicide, the men feel that they have little choice but to agree. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 16, 1995

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Benicio Del Toro Best Supporting Actor 1995 Winner
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
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kevin Spacey Best Supporting Actor 1995 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Kevin Spacey Best Supporting Actor 1995 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Kevin Spacey Best Supporting Actor 1995 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Kevin Spacey Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1995 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Newton Thomas Sigel Best Cinematography 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Christopher McQuarrie Best Original Screenplay 1995 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Christopher McQuarrie Best Screenplay 1995 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Christopher McQuarrie Best Screenplay 1995 Winner

Cast

Gabriel Byrne
as Dean Keaton
Stephen Baldwin
as McManus
Chazz Palminteri
as Dave Kujan
Kevin Pollak
as Todd Hockney
Pete Postlethwaite
as Kobayashi
Kevin Spacey
as Roger "Verbal" Kint
Benicio Del Toro
as Fred Fenster
Dan Hedaya
as Jeff Rabin
Suzy Amis
as Edie Finneran
Giancarlo Esposito
as Jack Baer
Paul Bartel
as Smuggler
Carl Bressler
as Saul Berg
Phillip Simon
as Fortier
Jack Shearer
as Renault
Christine Estabrook
as Dr. Plummer
Clark Gregg
as Dr. Walters
Morgan Hunter
as Arkosh Kovash
Michelle Clunie
as Sketch Artist
Vito D'Ambrosio
as Arresting Officer
Gene Lythgow
as Cop on Pier
David Powladge
as Bodyguard
Castulo Guerra
as Arturro Marquez
Bert Williams
as Old Cop
Peter Greene
as Redfoot (uncredited)
Louis Lombardi
as Strausz
Frank Medrano
as Rizzi
Christine Estabrook
as Dr. Plummer
Louis Lombardi
as Strausz
Morgan Hunter
as Arkosh Kovash
Bert Williams
as Old Cop
Gene Lythgow
as Cop on Pier
Clark Gregg
as Dr. Walters
Giancarlo Esposito
as Jack Baer
Phillip Simon
as Fortier
Castulo Guerra
as Arturro Marquez
Paul Bartel
as Smuggler
Vito D'Ambrosio
as Arresting Officer
Peter Greene
as Redfoot (uncredited)
Carl Bressler
as Saul Berg
Jack Shearer
as Renault
David Powladge
as Bodyguard
Michelle Clunie
as Sketch Artist

Crew

Bryan Singer
Director
Bryan Singer
Producer
Michael McDonnell
Producer
Christopher McQuarrie
Screenwriter
Newton Thomas Sigel
Cinematographer
Geoffrey Patterson
Musical Direction/Supervision
John Ottman
Composer (Music Score)
John Ottman
Editor
Howard Cummings
Production Designer
David S. Lazan
Art Director
Kenneth Kokin
Co-producer
Art Horan
Executive Producer
Hans Brockmann
Executive Producer
François Duplat
Executive Producer
Robert Jones
Executive Producer
Louise Mingenbach
Costume Designer
Geoffrey Patterson
Sound/Sound Designer
Roy Downey
Special Effects
Kenneth Kokin
First Assistant Director
Francine Maisler
Casting
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