R | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
During the scene, before Mills and Somerset walk into the District Attorney's office, the camera zooms onto a newspaper announcing the murder. A small article in the corner of the front page says that a family was held hostage by their guinea pig ... ...
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.
The note Somerset finds behind the refrigerator contains a quote which he attributes to Milton when he presents it to his captain - "Long is the way and hard that leads out of hell to the light". While it's mentioned in Paradise Lost, the quote is originally from Virgil's The Aeneid. It begins with the more famous aphorism that "The road to hell is easy".
SPOILER: Kevin Spacey's name is not included in the opening titles to keep the John Doe intrigue going. To compensate, he is listed twice in the closing credits: once before the credits start rolling and once in the rolling credits in order of appearance.
£11,434,343 (UK) (19 January 1996)
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