History Film / TheUsualSuspects

13th Mar '17 10:50:20 AM morenohijazo
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* SuspectExistenceFailure: Agent Kujan tells the same subversion story about Dean Keaton. Some time in the past, when Keaton was among suspects for some crimes, he dies. Then, in few months, witnesses die too, someone else gets convicted, and you guess it, Dean Keaton turns up quite alive and well. This episode is presented by Dave Kujan as a pinnacle of Keaton's evil, so they appear to be quite genre savvy in that regard.
12th Feb '17 3:35:56 PM k410ren
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* ImprobableAimingSkills: [=McManus=] pulls off a few impressive shots, most notably the one during the jewel heist.

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* ImprobableAimingSkills: [=McManus=] pulls off a few impressive shots, most notably the one during the jewel heist.heist when he kills two henchmen struggling with Hockney and Fenster without killing his partners.



-->''Badda bing, badda bing bang boom''

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-->''Badda bing, badda bing bang boom''boom'' [cue bomb going off]



** Also seen during the lineup, where various characters act up to annoy the police or look more badass.

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** Also seen during the lineup, where various characters act up to annoy the police or look more badass.badass, most notably [=McManus=].
12th Jan '17 3:34:41 AM JustTroper
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** However, Keyser's all-time trump card was that no one knows what he looks like. Now that the police have identified him, it would be considerably easier to track him down.

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** However, Keyser's all-time trump card was that no one knows knew what he looks looked like. Now that the police have identified him, it would be considerably easier to track him down.
12th Jan '17 3:33:30 AM JustTroper
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** However, Keyser's all-time trump card was that no one knows what he looks like. Now that the police have identified him, it would be considerably easier to track him down.
7th Dec '16 11:09:35 AM Mikedem2
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* IHaveYourWife: When the Suspects try to get Kobayashi to call off the cargo ship job at gunpoint, he calmly leads them to his office where Keaton's lover Edie Finneran is in a meeting. Kobayashi points to her 'bodyguard', noting that he never leaves her side and will do terrible things to her if they don't go through with the job. He also names a close family member of each member of the team, their location, and what he'll do to them if they don't comply with his orders.
5th Nov '16 3:33:14 PM Morgenthaler
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** Also seen during the lineup, where various characters act up to annoy the police or look more BadAss.

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** Also seen during the lineup, where various characters act up to annoy the police or look more BadAss.badass.
24th Oct '16 2:02:12 PM casualobserver
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* ReusableLighterToss: A zippo is dropped on a police car covered in flammable fluid.
15th Oct '16 3:45:50 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* AmoralAttorney: Mr. Kobayashi is the one who brings up Keyser Soze's proposal to have the drug deal on the ship robbed

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* AmoralAttorney: Mr. Kobayashi is the one who brings up Keyser Soze's Söze's proposal to have the drug deal on the ship robbed



* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When Kujan asks Kint about Soze, Kint's entire demeanor changes, and he nearly collapses in terror. [[spoiler:Subverted by the ending.]]

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When Kujan asks Kint about Soze, Söze, Kint's entire demeanor changes, and he nearly collapses in terror. [[spoiler:Subverted by the ending.]]



* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Invoked. Keyser Soze's attorney Kobayashi has a Japanese surname, but he's clearly of European descent, speaking with a vague Irish accent. As it turns out, [[spoiler: this is an early hint that Kint is an UnreliableNarrator. [[LineOfSightName "Kobayashi" was actually the brand name of the coffee mug that he was drinking from]], and he used it in his fake story because it sounded appropriately exotic and foreign.]]

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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Invoked. Keyser Soze's Söze's attorney Kobayashi has a Japanese surname, but he's clearly of European descent, speaking with a vague Irish accent. As it turns out, [[spoiler: this is an early hint that Kint is an UnreliableNarrator. [[LineOfSightName "Kobayashi" was actually the brand name of the coffee mug that he was drinking from]], and he used it in his fake story because it sounded appropriately exotic and foreign.]]



** An ambiguous one: "Söz" in Turkish means [[spoiler:a word or saying]], but there's no such word as "söze" (aside from the dative form of "söz"). Unless it's supposed to be short for "sözebesi" [[spoiler:(one who finds words easily, one who talks a lot)]] but that wouldn't make sense to speakers of Turkish either. There really seems to be a connection though. [[spoiler:It comes together if you realize that Verbal says that he is often berated for talking too much which is yet another hint that Verbal is Soze.]]
** The dying Hungarian's feverish and insane speech is untranslated. [[spoiler: It's also not insane. "Why are you just standing there, you idiot? I'm not speaking English am I? Wouldn't it make sense to find someone who could talk to me so you could find the person that set me on fire, perhaps? He is the Devil. You've never seen anyone like Keyser Soze in all your miserable life, you idiot. Keyser Soze. Do you at least understand that? Keyser Soze. The Devil himself. Or are you American policemen so stupid that you haven't even heard of him? Keyser Soze, you ridiculous man. KEYSER SOZE." Among other things, this is the only real confirmation that any of Kint's story is true.]]

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** An ambiguous one: "Söz" in Turkish means [[spoiler:a word or saying]], but there's no such word as "söze" (aside from the dative form of "söz"). Unless it's supposed to be short for "sözebesi" [[spoiler:(one who finds words easily, one who talks a lot)]] but that wouldn't make sense to speakers of Turkish either. There really seems to be a connection though. [[spoiler:It comes together if you realize that Verbal says that he is often berated for talking too much which is yet another hint that Verbal is Soze.Söze.]]
** The dying Hungarian's feverish and insane speech is untranslated. [[spoiler: It's also not insane. "Why are you just standing there, you idiot? I'm not speaking English am I? Wouldn't it make sense to find someone who could talk to me so you could find the person that set me on fire, perhaps? He is the Devil. You've never seen anyone like Keyser Soze Söze in all your miserable life, you idiot. Keyser Soze. Söze. Do you at least understand that? Keyser Soze.Söze. The Devil himself. Or are you American policemen so stupid that you haven't even heard of him? Keyser Soze, Söze, you ridiculous man. KEYSER SOZE." SÖZE!" Among other things, this is the only real confirmation that any of Kint's story is true.]]



* CallingCard: Keyser Sozeís is two GangstaStyle gunshots to the head. This is how he kills Keaton, Arturro, [[spoiler: and Edie]]. The killing of Saul Berg [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadows]] TheReveal.

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* CallingCard: Keyser Sozeís Sözeís is two GangstaStyle gunshots to the head. This is how he kills Keaton, Arturro, [[spoiler: and Edie]]. The killing of Saul Berg [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadows]] TheReveal.



** Creator/BryanSinger uses his hands to double as the hands of Keyser Soze in one scene.

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** Creator/BryanSinger uses his hands to double as the hands of Keyser Soze Söze in one scene.



-->'''Verbal:''' It was Keyser Soze; it was the Devil himself. How do you shoot the Devil in the back? (''Verbal lifts his palsied hand'') What if you miss?
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Keyser Soze has escaped once again, presumably for the last time.]]
* DramaticDrop: Agent Kujan drops his coffee cup when he realizes that he [apparently] [[spoiler:let Keyser Soze walk out the door after having him in the police station for several hours spinning his yarn.]]

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-->'''Verbal:''' It was Keyser Soze; Söze; it was the Devil himself. How do you shoot the Devil in the back? (''Verbal lifts his palsied hand'') What if you miss?
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Keyser Soze Söze has escaped once again, presumably for the last time.]]
* DramaticDrop: Agent Kujan drops his coffee cup when he realizes that he [apparently] [[spoiler:let Keyser Soze Söze walk out the door after having him in the police station for several hours spinning his yarn.]]



* DrivingQuestion: Who or what is Keyser Soze?

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* DrivingQuestion: Who or what is Keyser Soze?Söze?



* TheEndingChangesEverything: [[TropeCodifier Popularized]] by this film, which is the former TropeNamer. A police prisoner, Verbal Kint, is being interrogated about a ship explosion the previous night. His interrogator Agent Kujan believes that the explosion was caused by Dean Keaton, a crooked cop, but Kint tells how a diabolical mastermind called Keyser Soze was behind it all. Eventually, Kint relents under Kujan's pressure and admits that [[spoiler:Keaton was Keyser Soze all along. Just after Kint is released from custody, however, Kujan realizes that Kint has been spinning a gigantic lie using objects around the office as inspiration. It's suggested that it was Kint himself who is Keyser Soze and was simply playing a role the whole time. This is all foreshadowed in the beginning, when Kujan states that cops almost always find what they expect to find. Kujan expected Kint to be a weak patsy protecting Keaton, so that's the role Kint played.]]

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* TheEndingChangesEverything: [[TropeCodifier Popularized]] by this film, which is the former TropeNamer. A police prisoner, Verbal Kint, is being interrogated about a ship explosion the previous night. His interrogator Agent Kujan believes that the explosion was caused by Dean Keaton, a crooked cop, but Kint tells how a diabolical mastermind called Keyser Soze Söze was behind it all. Eventually, Kint relents under Kujan's pressure and admits that [[spoiler:Keaton was Keyser Soze Söze all along. Just after Kint is released from custody, however, Kujan realizes that Kint has been spinning a gigantic lie using objects around the office as inspiration. It's suggested that it was Kint himself who is Keyser Soze Söze and was simply playing a role the whole time. This is all foreshadowed in the beginning, when Kujan states that cops almost always find what they expect to find. Kujan expected Kint to be a weak patsy protecting Keaton, so that's the role Kint played.]]



** Totally subverted in Keyser Soze's case. [[spoiler:He killed his wife and children after some Hungarian criminals took them hostage.]]

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** Totally subverted in Keyser Soze's Söze's case. [[spoiler:He killed his wife and children after some Hungarian criminals took them hostage.]]



** When Keaton demands Kobayashi tell him who he works for during their first meeting, [[spoiler:if you look closely, Kobayashi's eyes briefly shift towards Verbal, before he looks back at Keaton and says, "I work for Keyser Soze".]]
** Look at Verbal's relative position on the night of the attack. He is hiding behind a stack of material on the dock. When Hockney is killed, Verbal would have been the closest person to him. In his testimony, shown in flashback, Verbal supposedly takes cover behind some large spools of rope on the dock as he observes Soze on the boat. However, when the camera zooms in on this area from the opposite side after the explosion, no one is seen peering through the ropes.

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** When Keaton demands Kobayashi tell him who he works for during their first meeting, [[spoiler:if you look closely, Kobayashi's eyes briefly shift towards Verbal, before he looks back at Keaton and says, "I work for Keyser Soze".Söze".]]
** Look at Verbal's relative position on the night of the attack. He is hiding behind a stack of material on the dock. When Hockney is killed, Verbal would have been the closest person to him. In his testimony, shown in flashback, Verbal supposedly takes cover behind some large spools of rope on the dock as he observes Soze Söze on the boat. However, when the camera zooms in on this area from the opposite side after the explosion, no one is seen peering through the ropes.



** If you're good with voices, you'll recognize that's Kevin Spacey's voice that whispers "How ya doin' Keaton?" at the start of the film. After being thrown on the ground Verbal slips "[[spoiler:I did kill Keaton]]," though Kujan is shouting too loud to hear, and Verbal is able to correct himself by saying "I did see Keaton get shot." And when they are listening to the men before the attack on the boat, Keaton speculates that they are speaking Russian, but [[spoiler:Verbal]] correctly identifies the language as Hungarian, something Soze would obviously know.

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** If you're good with voices, you'll recognize that's Kevin Spacey's voice that whispers "How ya doin' Keaton?" at the start of the film. After being thrown on the ground Verbal slips "[[spoiler:I did kill Keaton]]," though Kujan is shouting too loud to hear, and Verbal is able to correct himself by saying "I did see Keaton get shot." And when they are listening to the men before the attack on the boat, Keaton speculates that they are speaking Russian, but [[spoiler:Verbal]] correctly identifies the language as Hungarian, something Soze Söze would obviously know.



-->'''[[spoiler:Keyser Soze]]:''' How you doing Keaton?\\

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-->'''[[spoiler:Keyser Soze]]:''' Söze]]:''' How you doing Keaton?\\



* LivingLegend: Keyser Soze.

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* LivingLegend: Keyser Soze.Söze.



* ManBehindTheMan: The Suspects canít decide whether [[TheDragon Kobayashi]] works for Keyser Soze or whether he is the true BigBad. Only when Keaton comes face-to-face with Keyser is he convinced.
* MasqueradingAsTheUnseen: Keyser Soze is never seen during Verbal's account, and he interacts with the characters through an intermediary. This may become an inversion though, when it's revealed [[spoiler:that Verbal is Keyser Soze]].

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* ManBehindTheMan: The Suspects canít decide whether [[TheDragon Kobayashi]] works for Keyser Soze Söze or whether he is the true BigBad. Only when Keaton comes face-to-face with Keyser is he convinced.
* MasqueradingAsTheUnseen: Keyser Soze Söze is never seen during Verbal's account, and he interacts with the characters through an intermediary. This may become an inversion though, when it's revealed [[spoiler:that Verbal is Keyser Soze]].Söze]].



* TheMobBossIsScarier: This seems to be the case when Kujan brings up Keyser Söze and Verbal reacts with stark terror. [[spoiler:Subverted at the end when it's revealed that Verbal ''is'' Keyser Soze.]]

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* TheMobBossIsScarier: This seems to be the case when Kujan brings up Keyser Söze and Verbal reacts with stark terror. [[spoiler:Subverted at the end when it's revealed that Verbal ''is'' Keyser Soze.Söze.]]



-->'''Kujan:''' ''[bursts into office]'' [[WhamLine Who's Keyser Soze?]]\\
'''Verbal:''' Aw, fuck!\\
''(Later, as he is walking out of the office)'' '''Verbal''': Fucking cops!

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-->'''Kujan:''' ''[bursts ''(bursts into office]'' office)'' [[WhamLine Who's Keyser Soze?]]\\
Söze?]]\\
'''Verbal:''' Aw, fuck!\\
''(Later,
fuck!\\\
** Later,
as he is walking out of the office)'' '''Verbal''': office:
--->'''Verbal:'''
Fucking cops!



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In the backstory, semi-mythical criminal mastermind Keyser Soze is faced with other gangsters who try to take over his business by threatening to kill his family. Instead, he kills his family himself, then the gangsters, then their wives, children, friends, and anyone else even tangentially associated with them, and then vanishes into legend.

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In the backstory, semi-mythical criminal mastermind Keyser Soze Söze is faced with other gangsters who try to take over his business by threatening to kill his family. Instead, he kills his family himself, then the gangsters, then their wives, children, friends, and anyone else even tangentially associated with them, and then vanishes into legend.



* ShameIfSomethingHappened: This is how Kobayashi keeps the protagonists working for Soze.

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* ShameIfSomethingHappened: This is how Kobayashi keeps the protagonists working for Soze.Söze.



* SpareAMessenger: One anecdote about Keyser Soze is that, when his wife and children were held hostage, [[ShootTheHostage he killed them]], and spared one of the kidnappers to spread the word.

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* SpareAMessenger: One anecdote about Keyser Soze Söze is that, when his wife and children were held hostage, [[ShootTheHostage he killed them]], and spared one of the kidnappers to spread the word.



* TheSummation: Subverted as part of the [[TheEndingChangesEverything infamous plot twist]]. Kujan thinks he has it all figured out, that [[spoiler:Keaton was Keyser Soze]] and explains this to Verbal Kint, complete with revelatory montage. The explanation seems to hold water and Verbal is allowed to go. Seconds later, Kujan realizes that [[spoiler:Verbal's story, from which Kujan created his explanation, was completely fabricated--Verbal himself is Keyser Soze]].

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* TheSummation: Subverted as part of the [[TheEndingChangesEverything infamous plot twist]]. Kujan thinks he has it all figured out, that [[spoiler:Keaton was Keyser Soze]] Söze]] and explains this to Verbal Kint, complete with revelatory montage. The explanation seems to hold water and Verbal is allowed to go. Seconds later, Kujan realizes that [[spoiler:Verbal's story, from which Kujan created his explanation, was completely fabricated--Verbal himself is Keyser Soze]].Söze]].



* UnknownCharacter: The BigBad is one "Keyser Soze," who very few people have ever met firsthand and lived to tell about it -- the only one the police have tracked down is a mutilated Hungarian sailor babbling nonsense. We see him with his FaceFramedInShadow, but even that is only within the {{flashback}}s of a [[UnreliableNarrator questionably-reliable narrator]]. We hear his OriginStory, but it's the kind of unlikely, mythologised tale you'd expect of a FolkHero. The only contact he has with any character is via TheDragon, Kobayashi. The final [[TheReveal Reveal]]? [[spoiler:The narrator ''is'' Keyser Soze, so far as such a man exists.]]

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* UnknownCharacter: The BigBad is one "Keyser Soze," Söze," who very few people have ever met firsthand and lived to tell about it -- the only one the police have tracked down is a mutilated Hungarian sailor babbling nonsense. We see him with his FaceFramedInShadow, but even that is only within the {{flashback}}s of a [[UnreliableNarrator questionably-reliable narrator]]. We hear his OriginStory, but it's the kind of unlikely, mythologised tale you'd expect of a FolkHero. The only contact he has with any character is via TheDragon, Kobayashi. The final [[TheReveal Reveal]]? [[spoiler:The narrator ''is'' Keyser Soze, Söze, so far as such a man exists.]]
6th Oct '16 12:01:07 AM dmcreif
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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: There is no "San Pedro Police Department". However, there is the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor division. (San Pedro ceased to be a separate city and merged with LA in 1909.)

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: There is no "San Pedro Police Department". However, there is the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor division. (San Pedro ceased to be a separate city and merged with LA was annexed into Los Angeles in 1909.)



* DramaticDrop: Agent Kujan drops his coffee cup when he realizes that he [apparently] [[spoiler:let Keyzer Soze walk out the door after having him in the police station for several hours spinning his yarn.]]

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* DramaticDrop: Agent Kujan drops his coffee cup when he realizes that he [apparently] [[spoiler:let Keyzer Keyser Soze walk out the door after having him in the police station for several hours spinning his yarn.]]



* DropTheHammer: [=McManus=] uses a sledgehammer to smash open the windshield of a cop car.

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* DropTheHammer: [=McManus=] uses a sledgehammer to smash open the windshield of a cop car.the New York's Finest Tax Service vehicle.



* ElectiveUnintelligible: Fenster, played by Benicio del Toro. He chews up his words so badly sometimes even his HeterosexualLifePartner can't understand him.

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* ElectiveUnintelligible: Fenster, played by Benicio del Toro. He Fenster chews up his words so badly sometimes even his HeterosexualLifePartner [[HeterosexualLifePartner McManus]] can't understand him.



* TheSummation: Subverted as part of the [[TheEndingChangesEverything infamous plot twist]]. Agent Kujan believes he has figured out that [[spoiler:Keaton was Keyser Soze]] and explains this to Verbal Kint, complete with revelatory montage. The explanation seems to hold water and Verbal is allowed to go. Seconds later, Kujan realizes that [[spoiler:Verbal's story, from which Kujan created his explanation, was completely fabricated--Verbal himself is Keyser Soze]].

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* TheSummation: Subverted as part of the [[TheEndingChangesEverything infamous plot twist]]. Agent Kujan believes thinks he has it all figured out out, that [[spoiler:Keaton was Keyser Soze]] and explains this to Verbal Kint, complete with revelatory montage. The explanation seems to hold water and Verbal is allowed to go. Seconds later, Kujan realizes that [[spoiler:Verbal's story, from which Kujan created his explanation, was completely fabricated--Verbal himself is Keyser Soze]].



* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: "He lets the last Hungarian go. He waits until his wife and kids are in the ground and then he goes after the rest of the mob. He kills their kids, he kills their wives, he kills their parents and their parents' friends. He burns down the houses they live in and the stores they work in, he kills people that owe them money. And like that he was gone."

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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: "He lets the last Hungarian go. He waits until his wife and kids are in the ground and then he goes after the rest of the mob. He kills their kids, he kills their wives, he kills their parents and their parents' friends. He burns down the houses they live in and the stores they work in, he kills people that owe them money. And like that (poof), he was gone."
10th Sep '16 6:38:49 AM CumbersomeTercel
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