The Usual Suspects (1995)

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Director: Bryan Singer

Stars: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio Del Toro

Runtime: 106 min

Told in flashback by one of the characters, the story of The Usual Suspects begins with a police lineup of five known criminals. Afterwards, they begin to plan an elaborate robbery. However, their plan backfires when they find themselves blackmailed by a mysterious criminal named Keyser Soze, leading to a dangerous encounter upon a drug ship.

The gang from which the film gets its name is filled with riotous characters, such as the strange-accented Fred Fenster (Benicio del Toro), the conniving Todd Hockney (Kevin Pollak), the awkward, limp-legged Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey), the straight leader Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), and the comical Michael McManus (Stephen Baldwin). Each actor brings quick-witted energy to their role, with a special emphasis on Spacey’s performance, a role for which he won his first Oscar. Nothing is quite what it appears to be in The Usual Suspects, from its complicated story, to its suspicious lead characters. And that’s all that we’ll say about it.

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