The Usual Suspects

Trivia: The personal bios of the characters are handed out in the order that they die in.

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.

Trivia: In the lineup scene, when the officer asks Benicio del Toro to repeat the phrase "in English, please," the voice is actually the director. That line was not scripted. The director actually wanted to retake Benicio's line because he didn't think it was understandable. He ended up keeping it because he thought it was funny.

Trivia: An interesting point here. Some may have wondered what is the significance of the name "Keyser Soze". As many may have guessed, Keyser means "king". Soze is a word whose English equivalent is the word "verbal". Therefore, the identity of this mystery bad guy is spelled out in plain sight in his name.

Trivia: In the second meeting with Redfoot after Saul is killed, McManus confronts Redfoot, who flicks his cigarette onto McManus' face. In previous takes the actor who played Redfoot practiced repeatedly hitting Baldwin in the chest with the cigarette. However when the scene was filmed the actor aimed the cigarette too high and hit Baldwin in the face, Baldwin's reaction was real.

Trivia: Kevin Spacey glued his fingers together in the film to give a realistic paralysed effect.

Trivia: Not really a mistake per se but still. On the cover for the Usual Suspects i.e the box you see the five key characters all lined up as they were in the film. On the box Keaton is set in the centre, but in the film he is not in the centre, he is fourth from the left, next to Kint. Also Hockneys clothes have changed colour. Kints shirt and sleeveless jacket have reversed colour too. You could argue that its just a picture for the box and not meant to be taken directly from the film but if so, then why bother getting everything else right?

Trivia: Bryan Singer, the director, played Keyser Soze's feet in the opening sequence.

Trivia: Reportedly, Kevin Pollack and Stephen Baldwin have a strong dislike of each other that started during production of this film. (Though Baldwin maintains he wasn't aware of their feud until several years after the film's release, after he discovered Pollack had made remarks about him when discussing the film). Pollack reportedly was bothered by Baldwin's attitude on-set, as Baldwin (a method actor) remained in character between takes and acted in a bullying, sometimes diva-ish manner towards him and others, eventually leading to a distrust and minor animosity between the two.

Trivia: To keep the famous twist ending a secret, director Bryan Singer told all five of the principal actors at one point or another that they were Keyser Soze. Gabriel Byrne believed the ruse so much so, that when he saw a screening of the film, he yelled at Singer in the parking lot afterwards.

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Trivia: Bryan Singer's production company' "Bad Hat Harry Productions" gets its name from a line in Jaws.

Trivia: Director Bryan Singer's mother plays the nurse who receives the drawing of Keyser Soze to fax to the police.

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Continuity mistake: Right before they rob the police car, a Boeing 747 (four engines) is seen in shots of the plane coming into land. When the plane is shown from behind, it is a Boeing 767, with only two engines and fewer main landing gears. (00:30:10)

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Suggested correction: It's for effect to show they were hanging out around the airport for more than a bit.

There's no evidence this was meant to be a montage scene of various planes. The cuts they did have in the first angle were of the same plane getting closer to build suspense. Same for the other angle. Plus, there's no scenes or shots of "them" waiting.


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Verbal Kint: The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.

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Question: While in interrogations Kujan is asking Verbal why Keaton told him to stay back while they were robbing the boat. After a back and forth conversation between them about it they come to the conclusion that it is because Keaton is Kaiser Sose and he wanted Verbal to be his will. However we come to find out this is not true, and Verbal is actually Kaiser Sose, so why did Keaton have Verbal stay back?

Answer: He never did. How they got on the boat and took out the Argentinians could have actually happened in a million different ways. For all we know, verbal went on the boat with them, and then killed them, which is more likely as it is an extra gun. The point of the film is to show how much of a mystery Keyser Soze is, that even after all of that, no one knows who he is. For example, he tells the story as if Soze is Hungarian and killed his wife and kids, but we know this isn't true, because Kint is Soze and he's American. The point is, he's telling so many lies and making up all these stories, so it's got to a point that they don't even know his real nationality. The only reason we though he was Hungarian throughout the film is because Kint told us, but we know his story was a hoax.

Answer: You're missing the point: Verbal is making much of the story up. He's changing facts and events to lead Kujan to think Keaton is Sose.

Answer: Kaiser had manipulated Keaton so much to the point where he thinks Verbal is innocent and wants to let him live.

Answer: Verbal doesn't even know about some of the relevant facts of the story. He acts upset when Kujon asks about so and so when he in fact likely didn't even know about them so he continues to build on his epic tale of fabrications. The entire story is a lie of magnificent proportions.

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