R | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
Surprisingly, this enjoyed some degree of success in post-revolutionary Iran, where it did well at the box-office (this was prior to the hardline Iranian regime taking control, and effectively outlawing anything pro-Western). Its success in Iran, can partly be attributed to the fact that the film's Cinematographer, Darius Khondji, hails from that country.
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.
Mills gets out of a bed with only a quilted mattress cover. He puts on his shirt and tie and walks back to the bed which now has a sheet on it.
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.
The version shown on BBC TV in the UK was heavily cut. All f-words were removed, as were some of the more grisly images in the various murder scenes. Most notable cuts were to the autopsy of the 'gluttony' victim (shots of the victims full body as well as the removed stomach are missing) and the interrogation after the 'lust' murder (we no longer see the picture of the implement used in the murder).
£11,434,343 (UK) (19 January 1996)
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