The Usual Suspects

Corrected entry: After the five suspects get released in New York you see a hand-written poster for a lost dog next to McManus and Fenster. The very same poster is stuck to the tree Kint walks by after being released in Los Angeles. (00:26:15 - 01:36:55)


Correction: Kint's telling the story, and in the end you see that he is using notes and posters on the wall for details in the story he is telling. And since we are seeing what he is saying it's more likely that he saw the poster before he went into the police station, hence why it is shown in New York.

Corrected entry: There is a scene after Verbal describes Keyser Söze where Kujan leaves the office and discusses with the cops the fact that Edie was meeting with a lawyer. Kujan asks "Kobayashi?" and the other two cops nod agreeingly, including the one who apparently knew that she met with a lawyer (and presumably who the lawyer was). However, how could she have met with a lawyer named Kobayashi if we find out that Verbal got the name Kobayashi from the bottom of Kujan's coffee glass at the end?

Correction: A lawyer meeting with a group of known felons on behalf of a criminal mastermind is hardly going to be stupid enough to be using his real name - Kujan's experienced enough to know that Kobayashi is an alias. The police have found out that Edie Finneran is in town meeting with a lawyer. Kujan's not asking if Kobayashi was the name; he's asking his colleagues if they think that this lawyer could be the mysterious Kobayashi that Verbal mentioned. They're agreeing that, in their opinion, they could well be one and the same person.


Corrected entry: An add-on to the 4 => 2 engine plane scene before the bank robbery. In addition to ditching two of its engines the plane also loses two of its four sets of landing gear wheels. One could argue that the pilot retracted the wheels into the plane, but remember that this plane is landing.

Correction: It has already been submitted, that two separate planes were used in the different angle shots. As such, pointing out any additional differences in the planes, and submitting them as a separate mistake is not really necessary.


Corrected entry: In the opening scene on the boat, when Keyzer Soze extinguishes the fire by peeing on it, the close-up shows the flames being hit by a rather thick, coherent jet. However, the next shot shows a disintegrated spray, which is quite natural since he is aiming from several meters above. (00:02:30)


Correction: That is because Soze is starting to get dehydrated, and then his urine becomes "lumpy", as he later explains to Kujan. After the initial blockage of the urinary tract is gone, it starts to spray out more. The initial shot of gelatinous urine was actually done deliberately, as yet another hint that Verbal is Keyser Soze.


Corrected entry: In the opening scene, we see Keyser Soze urinating on the flame to stop the fire on the boat before going to Keaton. At the end of the film, with Verbal Kint's retelling, we never see Kaiser urinate on the flame even though everything else from Verbal follows the opening scene.

Correction: In retelling the story, Kint is free to leave out whatever details he chooses (especially since he's telling one huge lie anyway). Not a mistake.


Corrected entry: The first shot of the movie shows Keaton lighting his last cigarette. We see a close-up of a round bundle of matches being lit, but in the next shot it changes into a flat matchbook. (00:02:10)


Correction: It's always a flat matchbook.

Corrected entry: In the garage shoot-out McMahon kills the jeweller's bodyguards who are standing in front of a van. From the blood on the van you can tell that the bullets went right through, but there are no bullet holes or dents in the van. (00:34:35)


Correction: Small caliber bullets tend to tumble, even break apart after hitting something. It's very much possible that the bullets went through, but didn't have the power to even dent the paint on the van.

Corrected entry: When Dave Kujon realises everything at the end of the movie, he runs straight out of the building past the Fax Machine. In the next shot we see Jack Baer coming out of an office and supposedly looking at Kujon running away, but if you look closely, you can see the exit Kujon ran down BEHIND him.

Correction: He's looking FOR Kujon, not at him.

Corrected entry: Part of the story that the Roger "Verbal" Kint character narrates to David Kujon is the robbery of the presumed jeweler Saul Berg in the underground car park. Berg refuses to hand over the briefcase to Dean Keaton, and Keaton hesitates. At that moment, Kint shoots and kills Berg - according to his own story. Kint is telling this while he is waiting to post bail after obtaining immunity for his part in the harbor incident. It is extremely unlikely that he would have told this to the DA as part of the immunity deal, and it is equally unlikely that Kujon or any of the police would have known about this killing in any other way. Even if he had told the DA about it, it is beyond belief that he would have gotten immunity for murdering Berg. Therefore, it does not make sense that Verbal Kint would tell this self-incriminating story to David Kujon. (00:47:50)

Correction: The whole point of the movie is that Verbal Kint is lying about everything that happened since the police line-up. In that case it is very possible that the Saul Berg murder never took place (the guy that set them up with Berg, "Redfoot" was also an invention made by Kint). Agent Kujon is so interested in catching Keaton that he ignores Kint's supposed-murder. Besides, Kujon and Kint are talking off the record, so there's not much he can and will do about Kint.

Corrected entry: When the police car is lit on fire, the guy in the back opens his own door to get out. For obvious reasons, you can't open the back doors of police cars from the inside.

Correction: The locking mechanism for the back doors is controlled by a switch up front. If the person being transported is not under arrest, there is no reason for the officer to seal the doors. I've been for a ride in the back of a police car (voluntarily) and was able to open the door with no problem.

Corrected entry: The beginning scene has Keyser wearing a hat, which you see when he climbs down the stairs. However when the artist's drawing of Keyser gets faxed to the police station, you can see the whole of his hairline drawn true to life. How would the Hungarian know what his hair looked like if he was wearing the hat? The first scene isn't part of the made up story. (00:04:25 - 01:37:25)

Correction: Keyser takes the hat and coat from the room where he kills the informant - they can be seen hanging up there. The Hungarian witness must have seen Keyser before he found the informant, hence was able to describe his hair.


Corrected entry: McManus removes his jacket on the ship to enable him to slide down a hatch. When we see him inside, he has the jacket back on again.

Correction: Watch carefully - he doesn't take the jacket off. He unzips it and pulls it off his shoulders, but leaves the clasp at the waist done up, so the jacket hangs down like a skirt. He stuffs this down the hatch, then climbs down and puts the jacket back on. This is a really clumsy thing to do, and I can't think of any logic behind the scene (why not drop the jacket down the hatch and pick it up later?), but that is what is on film.

Corrected entry: While Gabriel Byrne's character is talking to Suzy Amis after the men have been released from jail, he exhales smoke after not having taken a drag from his cigarette.

Correction: I believe that it was cold outside so you could see his breath. It never seemed as though he was breathing out smoke.

Factual error: A person with 60% burns on his body would not be wearing pyjamas, as the Hungarian guy does. (00:19:45)


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Verbal Kint: Keaton always said, "I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of him." Well, I believe in God, and the only thing that scares me... Is Keyser Soze.

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Trivia: The way none of the characters can keep a straight face when reading out the card in the line up was not scripted, but resulted because the cast had had a rather good lunch prior to filming, which included some wine, and were unable to get through what was scripted as a serious scene with straight faces, because of the nature of the scene - supposedly very serious, but they were being asked to utter this rather absurd (and obscene) phrase. Benicio Del Toro also frequently broke wind during the scene, hardly helping the serious tone.

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Question: How did Soze end up in the police station after he escaped the boat in the first place? If he had vanished after the bombing, he wouldn't have to make up the stories and he wouldn't have been identified by Kujan.

Answer: Kint/Soze ended up in the police station because he simply didn't get away in time.

Answer: Soze ended up back under arrest and for some questioning as 'Verbal Kint'. He never really vanished, he's just playing two parts/people. He really vanishes off the scene by the end of the movie after he tricks Kujan.

With the exception of what's known to have happened on the dock, the entire story is a lie told by Verbal Kint to Agent Kujon. Kujon realises this after Kint leaves the office but not in time to catch up. The entire movie is about a habitual liar making up a story about what happened on the dock. He may be Keyser Soze or an alter-ego variant but even Keysers rep is subject to question as it was told by the same liar. Verbal himself said about Keaton, "He was a grounded guy, a cop. If you think the husband did it then you're right." He was telling on himself as sociopaths will do when they think they're smarter than everyone around them.

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