Gimme a Break-In: 13 Great On-Screen Heists

Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, ... | GUILTY PARTY Kevin Pollak, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio Del Toro, Byrne, and Spacey
Image credit: The Usual Suspects: Linda R. Chen
GUILTY PARTY Kevin Pollak, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio Del Toro, Byrne, and Spacey

The Usual Suspects

(1995)

''The Usual Suspects'': Why it's a great heist movie

THE SETUP Five criminals — among them ringleader Keaton (Gabriel Byrne) and crippled Verbal (Kevin Spacey) — are dragged into police custody after a robbery; while in lock-up they decide to pull a heist.

THE JOB Steal $91 million worth of cocaine belonging to legendary fearsome mobster Keyser Soze.

THE CATCH Where to begin? Verbal, narrating events to an investigating cop, tells a tricky, complicated tale of shifting identities and double-crossing, all of which hinges on the single question: Who is Keyser Soze?

DOES CRIME PAY? The ''usual suspects'' meet a fiery, violent end at a San Pedro pier, but at least Kevin Spacey was able to walk away with a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

GRADE B (Read the review)

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