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IdentityOn a dark and really stormy night, a roadside motel provides refuge to 10 troubled strangers (John Cusack's conflicted limo driver, Ray Liotta's snarling...IdentityMystery and ThrillerPT90MROn a dark and really stormy night, a roadside motel provides refuge to 10 troubled strangers (John Cusack's conflicted limo driver, Ray Liotta's snarling...2003-09-05Columbia Pictures
Amanda Peet, John Cusack, ...

(Identity: Columbia Pictures)

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Identity

Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Jake Busey, John Cusack, Rebecca De Mornay, Clea DuVall, Ray Liotta, John C. McGinley, Alfred Molina, Amanda Peet; Director: James Mangold; Author: Michael Cooney; Release Date Wide: 04/25/2003; Runtime (in minutes): 90; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Columbia Pictures

On a dark and really stormy night, a roadside motel provides refuge to 10 troubled strangers (John Cusack’s conflicted limo driver, Ray Liotta’s snarling cop, and Amanda Peet’s hoping-to-reform call girl among them) who barely dry off before the killing starts.

In Identity the formula seems stale (as does much of the dialogue), but director James Mangold (”Cop Land”) and writer Michael Cooney (”Jack Frost”) add a few fresh twists to their sharp film noir/”Psycho” thriller: namely a seasoned cast and a story that engages the head (unlike a lot of recent scary movies – see ”Final Destination 2” – that just leave the brains on the wall).

EXTRAS Trying to differentiate between the theatrical cut and the alternate ending may actually kill you.

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