Monday, July 25, 2011

Movie Moments: #92


The Usual Suspects (1995)

A good Kevin Spacey film that has become a classic.  A complex story that leaves you thinking and a good acting performance by Spacey, who left the Oscar ceremony with the little man under his arm for Best Actor.  In his acceptance speech he said "Well, whoever Keyser Söze is, I can tell you he's gonna get gloriously drunk tonight."

“Verbal” Kint, one of two survivors of a massacre and fire on a boat, is interrogated by the police.  He tells them of the mob boss, Keyser Soze, who recruited them and what transpired thereafter.

Verbal: Who is Keyser Soze? He is supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody believed he was real. Nobody ever saw him or knew anybody that ever worked directly for him, but to hear Kobayashi tell it, anybody could have worked for Soze. You never knew. That was his power. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. And like that, poof. He's gone.

Opening scenes:

In the Humphrey Bogart film Casablanca, Claude Rains speaks the line “Major Strasser has been shot.  Round up the usual suspects.”  This gave its name to a column in I Spy magazine, which then gave director Bryan Singer the idea of a movie by that name.  He and writer Christopher McQuarrie developed the poster for the film as the first visual idea of the movie.

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