• The Usual Suspects (1995)

The Usual Suspects

Release Date: August 16th, 1995

DVD Release Date: June 24th, 1997

R |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist," says con man Kint (Kevin Spacey), drawing a comparison to the most enigmatic criminal of all time, Keyser Soze. Kint attempts to convince the feds that the mythic crime lord not only exists, but is also responsible for drawing Kint and his four partners into a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an explosion in San Pedro Harbor - leaving few survivors.

Cast: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Pete Postlethwaite, Kevin Spacey, Suzy Amis, Giancarlo Esposito

Director: Bryan Singer

Genres: Crime drama , Thriller

Production Co: Bad Hat Harry

Distributors: Gramercy Pictures

Keywords: New York City, Deception, Mystery, Police station, Suspenseful, Quest, Los Angeles, 1990s, Dark

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    G. Allen JohnsonSan Francisco Examiner

    This movie has everything but Humphrey Bogart, and I'm sure he's sorry he was unavailable. show more

  • 85
    F. X. FeeneyMr. Showbiz

    Byrne is a stand-up poet the way some actors are stand-up comics. His innate depth prompts The Usual Suspects to transcend its own cleverness--and this is the movie's smartest, least predictable surprise. show more

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    A near-classic blend of mystery, personality, humor and terror, laced with one stunning shock after another. [18 August 1995, Friday, p.C]

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996)
Winner Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Winner Writing (Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen)
Winner Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)