R | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
The seven deadly sins are: Lust - to have an intense desire or need: "But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Matthew 5:28). Gluttony - excess in eating and drinking: "for ... ...
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.
When Somerset and Mills meet with 'Greasy FBI Man' in a pizzeria, there is a cup of Coke on the table; in different shots the label changes from 'Coke' to Coca-Cola'
The opening credits are done over broken, blurred images of John Doe removing the skin from his fingertips and sewing it into his journals.
The US television print is heavily edited for language and violence. Also, there is an alternate shot when John Doe takes the gun away from Mills's head. In the original film, we see a shot of Mills's head with the gun to it, and John Doe's arm. Then the gun is quickly whisked away. In the television edit, we're still looking up the barrel of the gun as it is slowly taken away.
£11,434,343 (UK) (19 January 1996)
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