THE USUAL SUSPECTS (die ublichen verdachtigen) (1995 U.S. GERMANY) D/P: BRYAN SINGER W: CHRISTOPHER McQUARRIE P: MICHAEL McDONNELL
Singer`s brilliant second feature (after PUBLIC ACCESS) is a complex, involving crime story told in flashback by Kevin Spacey to investigating cop Chazz Palimentri. Spacey and four other cons (Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, the excellent Benicio Del Toro and Kevin Pollack) meet at a rigged police line-up and are blackmailed by lawyer Pete Postelthwaite to pull a suicidal job for mythical arch criminal Keyser Soze ("the greates trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn`t exist"). The whole cast is very good and the denouement is fantastic. With Giancarlo Esposito, Dan Hedaya, Jack Shearer, Paul Bartel, Peter Greene and McQuarrie (who went on to direct THE WAY OF THE GUN).

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