R | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
Andrew Kevin Walker envisioned William Hurt as Somerset. William Hurt would go on to play a police detective in Dark City (1998).
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 layout of John Doe's apartment conflicts with the hallway of the building. In the outside hallway, there is a window looking onto the building next door. Inside the apartment, there are rooms where the window would be.
The opening credits are done over broken, blurred images of John Doe removing the skin from his fingertips and sewing it into his journals.
In the US version, Tracy Mills (Gwyneth Paltrow) calls her husband at the office and asks to speak to Detective Somerset (Morgan Freeman). We see them talking on the phone but only hear what Detective Mills (Brad Pitt) and Somerset say. When Somerset hangs up, he explains to Mills that his wife has invited him over for dinner. In the Italian version Tracy's dialogue has been dubbed over the soundtrack, letting the audience hear her talking on the phone and making the invitation, thus rendering Somerset's later explanation somewhat redundant.
£11,434,343 (UK) (19 January 1996)
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