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Usual Suspects

Kevin Spacey , Gabriel Byrne , Bryan Singer    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)

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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 (or should we say, misled) 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. Even if it ultimately makes little or no sense at all, this is a funny and fiendish thriller, guaranteed to entertain even its vocal detractors. --Jeff Shannon

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Film Feb. 22 2003
By x_bruce
One of my favorite films of all times, The Usual Suspects is an exeptionally strong ensemble cast work. In particular Gabriel Byrne's cynical and beaten down reformed criminal gone bad role is played so ernestly that you forget you are watching a film. Kevin Spacey's Verbal Gint character is terrific to watch as well. Benicio del Toro steals scenes with his bizzare choice of character in an otherwise nothing role. Even Steven Baldwin turns in a good performance as does Kevin Pollack in a somewhat different role than he usually plays.
All the acting is terrific and more importantly, the script is nearly flawless as is the direction. The plot moves along in it's multi-threaded fashion while keeping viewers entertained and involved enough to pay attention.
The ending will either annoy or delight you depending on how you view films. I loved it and on second viewing the forshadowing of events are right in front of you like a good murder mystery although The Usual Suspects is much more than a mystery film or buddy flick or crime caper film while being a little bit of each.
It's great to see a film that isn't high budget and relies on acting and a good script to move the film along. Although embraced by hollywood this is as independent as you will find in it's easy tone and believable characters.
There is simply nothing worth complaining about. Get this DVD, it's additonal content is a lot of fun to watch and helps understanding The Usuual Suspects as more than a film but a project and labor of love that works on all fronts.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, no extras... Jan. 28 2009
What can I say about 'The Usual Suspects' that hasn't already been said? The star-heavy cast is excellent, the story is gripping and intricate and unlike other "surprise ending" tales, this one is well worth watching again.

The video and audio quality is very good on this Blu-ray version.

However, the disc is completely lacking in extras. Not even so much as a directors commentary. If the studio had actually put some effort into this release (commentary, behind the scenes, discussion with the writer, etc.) , I could easily see it getting a 5-star review - the movie is good enough to deserve that kind of effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie Oct. 8 2013
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Many people said in the review "I guessed the trick ending almost as the movie started" but i'm pretty sure the only way one could guess the ending is knowing prior that their is some sort of plot twist present. If you are watching the movie with no prior knowledge it is far from predictable. I watched this movie totally unaware of the plot and found it very interesting. I wouldn't classify it as a boring film but their isn't a lot of action so it depends on your personal preference. I think the dialogue is interesting enough to hold attention. This is a movie that you'd probably watch 2-3 times, just to fully understand the content but aside from that this movie has no replay value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you guessing. May 2 2013
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A good movie with an excellent story line and exciting.

Starts out fast showing the end and then slows down in the middle.

The outcome is good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie The Usual Suspects April 28 2013
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I actually had this movie on VHS and it has always been one of my favourites. On Blue Ray it is much clearer. The surprise ending
is so great. All the actors are superb but Kevin Spacey is really great. Every time I watch it, I notice something subtle that leads to the ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie March 16 2013
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The movie was as great as I remembered it and the picture quality was superb. I couldn't have been happier with this product.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing moving, decent quality March 8 2013
By Bojan
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The movie is a classic, and a definite must see. If you have not seen it yet, it is defiantly worth the price.

The movie is from 1995, so the quality is not really Blu-ray, but just as good as a normal DVD (if not slightly better)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Usual Suspects [Blu-ray] March 5 2013
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This is one of the best movies of the 90's. its a movie that can be watched and watched. Awsome characters and storyline
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have always loved this movie. Kevin Bacon is incredible, the story is so twisted & complicated, you don't know what to believe at first. The ending is manificent. Read more
Published 17 months ago by SuZie
4.0 out of 5 stars intreaguing intricate yarn
This was a very interesting story right from the word go. I had to leave part way through and found myself already thinking about where it was going and couldn't wait to get back... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Rick M. Pilotte
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This is a gritty, well acted movie, with an ending that will take you by surprise. This is probably Spacey's best work, but really all the cast put in stellar performances.
Published 23 months ago by movie lover
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film but not as good the second time around
My wife loves this film but I found that it didn't hold up to a second viewing. Without the element of surprise it is a little average. Good performances throught though.
Published on April 11 2012 by Dubwicht
5.0 out of 5 stars Special features - as good as the movie?
I love this movie. Obviously. The special features on some disks aren't worth the film used to record them, but not on this disk!
I love the special features! Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2011 by Mayor Maynot
5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Spacey's best movie
Such a simple movie, but what an unbelievable plot. Keeps you intrigued the entire time. Kevin Spacey is unreal in his role, which I believe to be is best movie. Read more
Published on May 14 2010 by Brandon P. Reekers
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Thriller
I bought this movie because it was one I always cited when talking about my favourite movies of all time. After watching it again it consolidated its place. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2009 by Joost
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