A film about two homicide detectives' (Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt) desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world's ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The movie takes us from the tortured remains of one victim to the next as the sociopathic "John Doe" (Kevin Spacey) sermonizes to Detectives Somerset and Mills -- one sin at a time. The sin of Gluttony comes first and the murderer's terrible capacity is graphically demonstrated in the dark and subdued tones characteristic of film noir. The seasoned and cultured but jaded Somerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer's modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills (Pitt) scoffs at his efforts to get inside the mind of a killer...
Director: David Fincher
Writer: Andrew Kevin Walker
Production: New Line Cinema
Released: 22 Sep 1995
Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 29 wins & 40 nominations.
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Wanting people to listen
I thought all you did was kill innocent...
Ernest Hemingway once wrote
When a person is insane
I mean if he's Satan himself
What's in the box
This guy's methodical
What do you got
If you kill him
It's more comfortable for you to label...
You're no messiah
On the subway today
Not a care in the world
He's fuckin' with us
What were you doing
This is not even my desk
People will barely be able to comprehend...
It seems that envy is my sin
A landlord's dream
If John Doe's head splits open and a UFO...
I tried to play husband
Nothing wrong with a man taking pleasure...
It's impressive to see a man feeding off...
You want to be a champion
Did the kid see it
We'll just talk to him
The voices made me do it
Just ask your husband
Then they heard the gun go off
I'll never understand
Even if his brain were not mush
Don't ask me to pity those people
Even the most promising clues usually...
These things you see
When we spoke on the phone
Have you ever seen anything like this
Ladies and gentlemen
I just don't think I can continue to...
I've been trying to figure something in...
If we catch John Doe and he turns out to...
This isn't going to have a happy ending
What sick ridiculous puppets we are
But you gotta be a
So many freaks out there doin' their...
Anyone who spends a significant amount...
Somebody call somebody
Has he tried to speak or communicate in...
Do you like what you do for a living
I meant to ask you something before
Nothing's been touched
He he put that thing on me
It has to be both of you
They love this
SWAT goes before dicks
My client says there are two more bodies
And to serve their best interests
You got what you deserved
Of Human Bondage
You've seen the things I've done
I don't understand
We're all friends here
I wasn't standing around guarding the...
Get out of the FUCKING HALL
I spared you
I seem to remember us knocking on your...
Get this thing off of me
You're really going to miss us
Why aren't we out there
He shot him
You spoil that kid every chance you get
I had to consider the integrity of the...
She begged for her life
Somerset - Morgan Freeman
Dead Man at 1st Crime Scene (as Andy Walker) - Andrew Kevin Walker
Detective Taylor at First Murder - Daniel Zacapa
Mills - Brad Pitt
Tracy - Gwyneth Paltrow
Officer Davis - John Cassini
Gluttony Victim - Bob Mack
Dr. O'Neill - Peter Crombie
Dr. Santiago - Reg E. Cathey
Police Captain - R. Lee Ermey
Workman at Door of Somerset's Office - George Christy
Cab Driver - Endre Hules
George the Night Guard at the Library - Hawthorne James
First Guard at the Library (as Roscoe Davidson) - William Davidson
Second Guard at the Library - Bob Collins
Library Janitor - Jimmy Dale Hartsell
Talbot - Richard Roundtree
TV News Reporter - Charline Su
TV News Reporter - Dominique Jennings
First Forensic Man in the Law Office - Allan Kolman
TV Anchor Woman - Beverly Burke
Eli Gould - Greed Victim - Gene Borkan
Mrs. Gould - Julie Araskog
Fingerprint Forensic Man in Law Office - Mario Di Donato
Fingerprint Technician - Alfonso Freeman
California - John C. McGinley
Cop on SWAT Team - Harrison White
Cop on SWAT Team - Bob Stephenson
Victor - Sloth Victim - Michael Reid MacKay
John Doe - Kevin Spacey
Dr. Beardsley - Richard Portnow
Coupon Man Outside Pizza Parlor - Tudor Sherrard
Greasy F.B.I. Man - Mark Boone Junior
Thin Vagrant by John Doe's Apartment - Pamala Tyson
Policeman Who Takes Statement from Vagrant - Lennie Loftin
Police Sketch Artist (as Sarah Hale Reinhardt) - Sarah Reinhardt
Detective Sara at John Doe's Apartment - Emily Wagner
Wild Bill - Martin Serene
Man in Booth at Massage Parlor - Michael Massee
First Cop at Massage Parlor - David Correia
Second Cop at Massage Parlor - Ron Blair
Lust Victim (as Cat Mueller) - Jennifer Mueller
Crazed Man in Massage Parlor - Leland Orser
Sweating Cop at Massage Parlor - Lexie Bigham
Paramedic at Massage Parlor (as Evan Miranda) - Evan Mirand
Paramedic at Massage Parlor (as Paul S. Eckstein) - Paul Eckstein
911 Operator - Harris Savides
Additional 911 Operator (as Rachel Schadt) - Rachel Flanagan
Pride Victim - Heidi Schanz
Duty Sergeant - Brian Evers
Woman Cop Behind Desk - Shannon Wilcox
Mark Swarr - Richard Schiff
Helicopter Pilot (as Jim Deeth) - James Deeth
Helicopter Pilot - John Santin
SWAT Helicopter Pilot (as Charles Tamburro) - Charles A. Tamburro
Delivery Man - Richmond Arquette
Marksman in Helicopter - Duffy Gaver
Cop - Charles S. Dutton
Los Angeles SWAT - Gregory Fennell
Man in Library - Arthur Max