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The Usual Suspects
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USA, Germany 1995
Comments:
Director: Bryan Singer
Screenplay: Christopher McQuarrie
Producer: Michael McDonnell
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio Del Toro
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 106
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Anamorphic Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features:
Studio:  MGM DVD Region:  1 R
DVD Release:  Feb 2007 Discs:  1 (Blu-ray) []
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Reviews:  Ever since this convoluted thriller dazzled audiences and critics in 1995 and won an Oscar for Christopher McQuarrie's twisting screenplay, "The Usual Suspects" has continued to divide movie lovers into opposite camps. While a lot of people take great pleasure from the movie's now-famous central mystery (namely, "Who is Keyser Söze?"), others aren't so easily impressed by a movie that's too enamored of its own cleverness to make much sense. After all, what are we to make of a final scene that renders the entire movie obsolete? Half the fun of "The Usual Suspects" is the debate it provokes and the sheer pleasure of watching its dynamic cast in action, led by Oscar winner Kevin Spacey as the club-footed con man who recounts the saga of enigmatic Hungarian mobster Keyser Söze. Spacey's in a band of thieves that includes Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollak, and Benicio Del Toro, all gathered in a plot to steal a large shipment of cocaine. The story is told in flashback as a twisted plot being described by Spacey's character to an investigating detective (Chazz Palmintieri), and "The Usual Suspects" is enjoyable for the way it keeps the viewer guessing right up to its surprise ending. Whether that ending will enhance or extinguish the pleasure is up to each viewer to decide.


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