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The Usual Suspects (1995)


Written by Tim Dirks

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The Usual Suspects (1995)

In director Bryan Singer's twisting, puzzling and complicated film-noirish thriller:

  • the scene of the police lineup of five tough and savvy criminals (the ones on all the film's posters, in an NYPD line-up hauled in after a Queens, NY truck hijacking)
  • the film's lengthy scene of limping, weaselly con man Roger "Verbal" Kint's (Oscar-winning Kevin Spacey) questioning by federal customs agent/officer Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri)
  • Kint's wily tale of the notorious, mysterious, devilish crime lord Keyser Soze's early life and his description of the first time he ever heard of Soze: ("The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist...and like that, he's gone. Underground")
  • the criminal mastermind's coldbloodness with Hungarian rivals followed by his disappearance: ("Nobody's ever seen him since. He becomes a myth, a spook story that criminals tell their kids at night")
  • the resolution of the identity of the mythic Keyser Soze (Kevin Spacey himself) at the surprising conclusion - when Kint slowly lost his limp while walking away and when Kujan scanned the interrogation office's bulletin board, dropped his coffee mug (with the logo for Kobayashi Porcelain), and was stunned to realize that most of the names in Kint's fabricated, swindler story (about Kobayashi-Keyser Soze-Dean Keaton) appeared on the bulletin board behind the desk
  • the film's last line: Kint's voice-over, words that he had spoken earlier - (he blew on his fingers, as if to say 'Poof!'): "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. And like that, he's gone"


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