Trivia: Kevin Spacey made sure that it was in his contract that his name would not appear in any press releases or reviews, that his photo would never appear in any of the above, he was not to be mentioned in interviews nor was his name to be anywhere in the opening credits. He cites his reason as being that The Usual Suspects and Outbreak were both opening earlier that same year and figured that people would start to recognize his name. And he also figured that if people saw his name in connection with the movie and he didn't appear for the first 2/3 of the movie they would know that he was playing the killer, thus ruining the element of shock and surprise that the moment in the movie has built up to. To compensate, Spacey is listed first in the ending credits.


Trivia: When the film was first released, the title consisted only of seven hash marks.

Trivia: The fingerprint technician who is running the 'Help me' fingerprints through the computer is actually Morgan Freeman's son, Alphonse Freeman.

Trivia: The dead man we see at the very beginning of the movie (whose "passion" is all over the walls) is Andrew Kevin Walker, the writer of the movie, in a cameo. He's credited as Andy Walker.

Trivia: Just a note - look at the window of the cafe where Morgan Freeman and Gwyneth Paltrow are talking. It's the Quality Cafe, the same place where Nicholas Cage's mother worked in Gone in 60 Seconds. The interior is the same as well, you just see it from a different angle.

Trivia: I couldn't help but notice that the office that Mills and Somerset share is numbered "714". Just a coincidence, or a tribute to "Dragnet"? That was Joe Friday's badge number showed so prominently in the beginning of each episode.

Anthony Chiaro

Trivia: When John Doe calls 911, there are two attendants. The female attendant is Rachel Schadt, personal assistant and music consultant to director David Fincher.

Trivia: In 1998 Boris Starling wrote a book called "Messiah" which is a murder mystery similar to "Se7en" in that the protagonists are chasing someone who murders brutally and with Christian motif. The killer in that book is called Silver Tongue and believes himself to be Messiah. In this film Mills tells Doe that he's not Messiah, and Sommerset calls Mills Silver Tongue. It's kind of a neat thing to notice if you've read the book.

Trivia: On the deluxe special DVD edition of Se7en, Gwyneth Paltrow is credited on the back as 'Gweneth Paltrow'. As it's not part of the movie I thought it was a slightly interesting piece of trivia.

Trivia: The reason Brad Pitt gets his arm in a sling is because at one point he actually fell onto a car windscreen and badly cut his hand, so they had to write it in - he's said in interviews he's really disappointed the cameras never caught it.

Trivia: The building in which Se7en's library scene was shot also featured as the bank in The Mask and several other movies. Director David Fincher jokingly remarked that it has been used in so many of New Line Cinema's films that the company could have saved money by buying the building outright rather than renting it for each production. (00:24:15 - 00:28:00)


Trivia: When New Line got hold of the original script for Se7en, they ordered writer Andrew Kevin Walker to write another draft with a more action-packed ending. However, when the studio were trying to hire directors for the movie, they made a mistake and accidentally sent the old draft instead of the new action-packed draft, which is what attracted David Fincher to the project.

Trivia: Spoilers. The studio reportedly wanted to cut the ending because they felt it was far too dark and tried to commission several alternate versions in which Tracey's head was not in the box. This included producers trying to add in a twist where John Doe tells Mills that her head is in the box, when in reality it actually contains a dog's head, and an alternate version in which Tracey is merely kidnapped and being held hostage. Brad Pitt, David Fincher and Morgan Freeman all threatened to walk from the project if the originally planned ending wasn't included.

Trivia: New Line Cinema tried for some time to make a sequel to "Seven/Se7en" in the early 2000's. A script about a psychic detective working with police to capture a murderer was purchased, and was quickly re-written to focus on the character Somerset from this film, who had somehow gained psychic abilities. The sequel would have had the title "Ei8ht." David Fincher was given a copy of the script and turned it down instantly, and later remarked that he would rather "put cigarettes out on [his] eyes" than make the film. The film was eventually made under its original title "Solace" and released in 2015, with Anthony Hopkins starring.

Trivia: When Gwyneth Paltrow first appears, 5A is on the door when she opens it for the two detectives. John Doe only kills 5 people, technically. Gwyneth is the 5th person or 5A, 5B is the baby she is carrying. She is also the 5th person to appear in the titles.


Trivia: An alternate version of the script was written that had a radically different ending that was considered. It would end with Mills being captured by "John Doe" and kept in an abandoned church, where he would be ritualistically tortured (including having a cross carved into his chest) and then strung up and shot through the heart, with Agent Somerset becoming "wrath" by setting fire to the church and killing Doe to get revenge. While a more cinematic and action-packed finale, this ending was dropped in favor of the ending that was eventually used.

Revealing mistake: Sloth is shown with three "arms." It's most easily noticed after he wakes up. His right arm is bent at the elbow, pointing to the ceiling, his left arm is pressed tightly to his left side between his torso and the jacket used to conceal the upper part of the prosthesis, and his third "arm", the prosthesis, is bent at the elbow, hanging halfway off the bed, and pointing to the left of his body. It has several large, protruding "veins" in it and the stump where the hand should be is off-screen.

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David Mills: I've been trying to figure something in my head, and maybe you can help me out, yeah? When a person is insane, as you are, do you know that you're insane? Maybe you're just sitting around, reading "Guns and Ammo", masturbating in your own feces, do you just stop and go, "Wow! It is amazing how fucking crazy I really am!"? Yeah. Do you guys do that?

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Question: What did Gweneth Paltrow do to deserve being killed? I know Brad Pitt was supposed to kill Kevin Spacey, but I've never understood how it fitted into the 'Seven Deadly sins' that were the basis for the other murders.

Answer: Doe claims to represent the sin of "Envy" when he killed Mills wife; he was envious of Mills' normal life, and killed Tracy after failing to "play husband" with her. After that Mills kills Doe by shooting him repeatedly, becoming the embodiment of "Wrath".

Anastasios Anastasatos

Answer: The significance actually dates back to the Medieval Period. Taking the life of a man's wife and children was considered equivalent to taking his life. This makes Mills the wrath victim. By taking Doe's life, Mills turns him into the Envy victim.


Answer: Traci was an innocent victim. She wasn't one of the sins, nor being "punished" for being a "sinner." She was actually just a mechanism to trigger (no pun intended) WRATH in Mills, thus completing "the Seven." Also, you could consider that her death - the shattering of Mills' life - acts as the "punishment" of the sin of Wrath. But that would be punishment before the actual sin, so idk if that makes sense, really. Just a thought.

Answer: When John Doe kills Tracy Mills, he triggers "wrath" in David Mills. Earlier in the film, Doe must have identified the wrath in Mills (short-fused temper) when Mills explodes at Doe for being an annoying, low-life photo journalist. Doe uses Mill's wife as a trigger/catalyst to bring out the wrath in Mills that he knows is just under the surface; the taking of the life of Mill's wife and child is also the equivalent of taking of Mill's own life metaphorically speaking because Mills has lost the two things that he had that made life worth living. Finally, when Doe tells Mills that he paid his wife, Tracy, a visit because he admired and ENVIED Mills and their normal life. At this point, Doe is the one whose sin is ENVY and when Mills kills Doe, Doe has used Mills to complete the 7 Deadly Sins murders. Both Mills and Doe become victims 6 and 7. Wife and child are murdered and represent murders committed out of ENVY. In turn, Mills kills Doe out of WRATH. Very ironic and crafty ending.

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