Theatrical release: August 11, 1995.
Shot on location in New York City and Los Angeles, California.
Christopher McQuarrie wrote the screenplay with actor Kevin Spacey in mind.
THE USUAL SUSPECTS won both Oscars for which it was nominated: Best Supporting Actor (Kevin Spacey) and Best Screenplay (Christopher McQuarrie).
Kevin Spacey also won Best Supporting Actor honors from the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Awards, the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Seattle Film Festival, Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Dallas-Fort Worth Area Film Critics Association, the Society of Texas Film Critics, and the Chicago Film Critics Awards for his work on the film.
THE USUAL SUSPECTS won 3 British Academy Awards for Best Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Film Editing.
THE USUAL SUSPECTS won 2 Independent Spirit Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Benicio Del Toro).
Bryan Singer won Best Director honors from the Seattle International Film Festival and the Tokyo Silver Award.
John Ottman won the Saturn Award for Best Musical Score.
Singer and McQuarrie say the original tagline for the film was: "All of you can go to hell."
Singer and McQuarrie first invisioned the role of Fenster as a "Harry Dean Stanton" type, before Singer hired Benicio Del Toro, against McQuarrie's objections.
Kevin Spacey researched his role as Verbal Kint by visiting the Cerebral Palsy Center. He filed down his shoes and glued his fingers together to better emulate the limitations of physical disability.
Stephen Baldwin did all of his own stunts for the film.
The scene where Redfoot (Peter Greene) flicks his cigarette at McManus (Stephen Baldwin) is real, but unintended. The cigarette accidentally went into Baldwin's eye--it was aimed at his chest.
The line, "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist," is similar to a line from Charles Baudelaire's short story, THE GENEROUS GAMBLER, published in 1864. In translation, the original line reads, "Dearly beloved, never forget, when you hear anyone vaunt the progress of enlightenment, that the Devil's finest trick is to persuade you that he does not exist!"
The ending "revelation scene" with Agent Kujan (Chazz Palminteri) was originally conceived to have no additional footage or sound. Singer later added the visual and audio flashbacks when people suggested it was too confusing.
The Hungarian spoken in the film was dubbed in afterwards. The actors in the scene are speaking English.
Bryan Singer's mother plays the nurse who receives the drawing of Keyser Soze to fax to the police.
The title comes from the famous line, "Round up the usual suspects" from the classic film, CASABLANCA.
The film grossed $84,852 in its opening week.
Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor 1995 Kevin Spacey American actor
Academy Awards Best Original Screenplay 1995 Christopher McQuarrie Screenwriter