The Usual Suspects

Synopsis: Following a truck hijack in New York, five conmen are arrested and brought together for questioning. As none of them are guilty, they plan a revenge operation against the police. The operation goes well, but then the influence of a legendary mastermind criminal called Keyser Söze is felt. It becomes clear that each one of them has wronged Söze at some point and must pay back now. The payback job leaves 27 men dead in a boat explosion, but the real question arises now: Who actually is Keyser Söze?
Director(s): Bryan Singer
Production: Gramercy Pictures
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 15 nominations.
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106 min


The lonely sound of a buoy bell in the distance. Water

slapping against a smooth, flat surface in rhythm. The

creaking of wood.

Off in the very far distance, one can make out the sound of


SUDDENLY, a single match ignites and invades the darkness. It

quivers for a moment. A dimly lit hand brings the rest of the

pack to the match. A plume of yellow-white flame flares and

illuminates the battered face of DEAN KEATON, age forty. His

salty-gray hair is wet and matted. His face drips with water

or sweat. A large cut runs the length of his face from the

corner of his eye to his chin. It bleeds freely. An un-lit

cigarette hangs in the corner of his mouth.

In the half-light we can make out that he is on the deck of a

large boat. A yacht, perhaps, or a small freighter. He sits

with his back against the front bulkhead of the wheel house.

His legs are twisted at odd, almost impossible angles. He

looks down.

A thin trail of liquid runs past his feet and off into the

darkness. Keaton lights the cigarette on the burning pack of

matches before throwing them into the liquid.

The liquid IGNITES with a poof.

The flame runs up the stream, gaining in speed and intensity.

It begins to ripple and rumble as it runs down the deck

towards the stern.


A stack of oil drums rests on the stern. They are stacked on

a palette with ropes at each corner that attach it to a huge

crane on the dock. One of the barrels has been punctured at

it's base. Gasoline trickles freely from the hole.

The flame is racing now towards the barrels. Keaton smiles

weakly to himself.

The flame is within a few yards of the barrels when another

stream of liquid splashes onto the gas. The flame fizzles out

pitifully with a hiss.

Two feet straddle the flame. A stream of urine flows onto the

deck from between them.

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The sound of a fly zipping. Follow the feet as they move over

to where Keaton rests at the wheel house.

CRANE UP to the waist of the unknown man. He pulls a pack of

cigarettes out of one pocket and a strange antique lighter

from the other. It is gold, with a clasp that folds down over

the flint. The man flicks up the clasp with his thumb and

strikes it with his index finger. It is a fluid motion,

somewhat showy.

Keaton looks up at the man. A look of realization crosses his

face. It is followed by frustration, anger, and finally



How are you, Keaton?


I'd have to say my spine was broken,


He spits the name out like it was poison.

The man puts the lighter back in his pocket and reaches under

his jacket. He produces a stainless .38 revolver.




What time is it?

The hand with the gun turns over, turning the gold watch on

its wrist upward.

The sound of sirens is closer now. Headed this way.


Twelve thirty.

Keaton grimaces bitterly and nods. He turns his head away and

takes another drag.

The hand with the gun waits long enough for Keaton to enjoy

his last drag before pulling the trigger.

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Christopher McQuarrie

Christopher McQuarrie (1968) is an American screenwriter, director and producer. A regular collaborator of director Bryan Singer, he co-wrote the screenplay of Singer's Public Access, wrote the screenplay for The Usual Suspects, co-wrote and produced Valkyrie and co-wrote Jack the Giant Slayer and Edge of Tomorrow. more…

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