Director: David Fincher Cast: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow

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Director David Fincher's dark, stylish thriller ranks as one of the decade's most influential box-office successes. Set in a hellish vision of New York, where it is always raining and the air crackles with impending death, the film concerns Det. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman), a homicide specialist just one week from a well-deserved retirement. Every minute of his 32 years on the job is evident in Somerset's worn, exhausted face, and his soul aches with the pain that can only come from having seen and felt far too much. But Somerset's retirement must wait for one last case, for which he is teamed with young hotshot David Mills (Brad Pitt), the fiery detective set to replace him at the end of the week. Mills has talked his reluctant wife, Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), into moving to the big city so that he can tackle important cases, but his first and Somerset's last are more than either man has bargained for. A diabolical serial killer is staging grisly murders, choosing victims representing the seven deadly sins. First, an obese man is forced to eat until his stomach ruptures to represent gluttony, then a wealthy defense lawyer is made to cut off a pound of his own flesh as penance for greed. Somerset initially refuses to take the case, realizing that there will be five more murders, ghastly sermons about lust, sloth, pride, wrath, and envy presented by a madman to a sinful world. Somerset is correct, and something within him cannot let the case go, forcing the weary detective to team with Mills and see the case to its almost unspeakably horrible conclusion. The moody photography is by Darius Khondji; the nauseatingly vivid special effects are by makeup artist Rob Bottin, best known for more fantasy-oriented work in films like The Howling (1981).

Product Details

Release Date: 03/26/1997
UPC: 0794043438127
Original Release: 1995
Rating: R
Source: New Line Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:07:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Pitt David Mills
Morgan Freeman William Somerset
Gwyneth Paltrow Tracy Mills
Kevin Spacey John Doe
R. Lee Ermey Police Captain
Richard Roundtree Talbot
Julie Araskog Mrs. Gould
Lexie Bigham Sweating Cop at Massage Parlour
Mark Boone Greasy FBI Man
Gene Borkan Eli Gould (Sin of Greed)
John Cassini Officer Davis
Reg E. Cathey Coroner
George Christy Workman
Bob Collins Library Guard
David Correia Cop at Massage Parlour
Peter Crombie Dr. O'Neill
Brian Evers Duty Sergeant
Hawthorne James George, Library Night Guard
Dominique Jennings TV News Reporter
Allan Kolman Forensic Man
Michael Reid Mackay Victor (Sin of Sloth)
Michael Massee Man in Massage Parlour Booth
John C. McGinley California
Leland Orser Crazed Man in Massage Parlour
Richard Portnow Dr. Beardsley
Richard Schiff Mark Swarr
Tudor Sherrard Coupon Man
Bob Stephenson Cop on SWAT Team
Charles Tamburro SWAT Helicopter Pilot
Pamela Tyson Actor
Andrew Kevin Walker Opening Scene Corpse (uncredited)
Harrison White Cop on SWAT Team
Shannon Wilcox Cop Behind Desk
Daniel Zacapa Actor

Technical Credits
David Fincher Director
Jean A. Black Makeup
Rob Bottin Makeup
Stephen Brown Co-producer
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Cangemi Special Effects
Phyllis Carlyle Producer
Richard Francis-Bruce Editor
William C. Gerrity Producer
Nana Greenwald Co-producer
Clay Griffith Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Lynn Harris Co-producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Michael Alan Kahn Asst. Director
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
Darius Khondji Cinematographer
Arnold Kipelson Producer
Dan Kolsrud Executive Producer
Arnold Kopelson Producer
Anne Kopelson Executive Producer
Elizabeth Lapp Set Decoration/Design
Arthur Max Production Designer
Gianni Nunnari Executive Producer
Nilo Otero Asst. Director
Snaford Panitch Co-producer
Chuck Picerni Stunts
Michele Platt Associate Producer
Lori Rowbotham Set Decoration/Design
Hugo Santiago Set Decoration/Design
Richard Saperstein Co-producer
Howard Shore Score Composer
Andrew Kevin Walker Screenwriter
Michael White Makeup
Gary Wissner Art Director

Scene Index

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1. Opening Logo [:17]
2. The Last Seven Days [3:53]
3. Main Title [2:06]
4. Monday [1:14]
5. Gluttony [7:13]
6. Somerset Wants Out [2:19]
7. Tuesday [1:03]
8. Greed [3:30]
9. Seven Deadly Sins [2:44]
10. Hitting The Books [5:01]
11. Wednesday [:58]
12. Close Quarters [2:45]
13. A Late Supper [4:15]
14. Forced Attrition [4:54]
15. Mrs. Gould [1:09]
16. Help Me [4:10]
17. Thursday [2:35]
18. Sloth [4:06]
19. Feeding Off His Emotions [3:03]
20. Friday [4:21]
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1. Methodical, Exacting and Patient [2:36]
2. Who's Reading What [3:06]
3. John Doe [7:18]
4. A Reason to Knock [5:52]
5. "I Admire You" [3:29]
6. Saturday [:56]
7. Lust [3:11]
8. Apathy is Easy [4:49]
9. Sunday; Pride [:53]
10. Surrender [2:48]
11. The Deal [2:17]
12. Ready to Move [1:49]
13. "You Won't Miss a Thing" [3:11]
14. The Chosen One [6:48]
15. "It's Close" [2:12]
16. The Package [3:50]
17. Envy and Wrath [5:03]
18. End Credits [4:56]

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