R | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
All of John Doe's books were real books, written for the film. They took two months to complete, and cost 15,000 dollars. According to Somerset (Morgan Freeman), two months is also the time it would take the police to read all the books.
Neighbors heard them screaming at each other, like for two hours, and it was nothing new. Then they heard the gun go off, both barrels. Crime of passion.
William Somerset: Yeah, just look at all the passion on that wall.
John Doe killed the defense attorney Eli Gould for immoral and unethical professional practices yet retains his own lawyer to become an accomplice to blackmail Mills and Somerset to complete his "masterpiece". In actual fact, the reason he killed Eli Gould was his notoriety as both a greedy man and defending know guilty parties (and thus letting them go free and not having to pay for their crimes). This is evident in the car ride where John states to Mills and Somerset "I know you must have secretly thanking me for that one".
The opening credits are done over broken, blurred images of John Doe removing the skin from his fingertips and sewing it into his journals.
£11,434,343 (UK) (19 January 1996)
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