Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects

My Favorite Scene: The Usual Suspects (1995) “Keyser Soze”

The Usual Suspects made the careers of both director Bryan Singer and Kevin Spacey, who won the first of his two Oscars playing the film’s breakout character: Verbal Kint.  The ending of the film is one of the greatest lines and reveals in cinema history, so if you for some reason passing the understanding of man have not seen The Usual Suspects, do NOT watch these clips. The ending, though set up by the whole film, really is sold when Verbal tells the detectives the myth and legend of Keyser Soze. Spacey weaves a spellbinding tale of this criminal mastermind, darker than the devil and larger than life.  He’s elusive and terrifying, and if the detectives had been a little more aware of their surroundings, they’d have known just how thoroughly they were being played when Kint says, “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled is convincing the world he didn’t exist.”  It’s an epic story and a grand illusion that sets up the film’s legendary hammer blow of an ending.

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