14 May 2013

I - MOVIE SPEECH The usual suspects

                He is supposed to be Turkish. Some say                  
                his father was German. Nobody believed he                
                was real. Nobody ever saw him or knew                    
                anybody that ever worked directly for                    
                him, but to hear Kobayashi tell it,                      
                anybody could have worked for Soze. You                 
                never knew. That was his power. The                      
                greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was                 
                convincing the world he didn't exist. One                 
                story the guys told me - the story I                     
                believe - was from his days in Turkey.                   
                There was a petty gang of Hungarians that                
                wanted their own mob. They realized that                 
                to be in power you didn't need guns or                   
                money or even numbers. You just needed                  
                the will to do what the other guy                         
                wouldn't. After a while they come to                     
                power, and then they come after Soze He                  
                was small time then, just running dope,                  
                they say...


     Three of the Hungarians come bursting into Keyser Soze's           
     home. They grab his five children and round them up in the
     front room. One of the men grabs his wife and back-hands her
     across the face.                                                                

                              VERBAL (V.O.)
                They come to his home in the afternoon
                looking for his business. They find his
                wife and kids in the house and decide to
                wait for Sate.

     INT. SOZE'S HOME - LATER                                            

     The front door opens and in walks Keyser Sate. We are never        
     allowed to see his face.

     Sate's wife lies in the corner, beaten and bruised. Her dress
     is tattered to shreds. She cannot look up at her husband.

     The three Hungarians stand to greet him. Two hold guns in
     their hands. The third holds a straight razor. He grabs
     Soze youngest boy and holds the razor to his throat.

                              VERBAL (V.O.)
                He comes home to his wife raped and his
                children screaming. The Hungarians knew
                Soze was tough. Not to be trifled with.                  
                So they let him know they meant business.

     The Hungarian smiles. Soze's wife SCREAMS IN HORROR.               
     The Hungarian holds up a BLOOD SOAKED RAZOR.
     SUDDENLY, he grabs another child. A little girl no older than

                              VERBAL (V.O.)
                They tell Soze they want his territory -                 
                all his business. Soze looks over the                   
                faces of his family... Then he showed
                these men of will what will really was.

     SUDDENLY, Soze pulls out a pistol and shoots the two men with 
     guns. He turns and aims at the third man holding his child.

     The man threatens to cut the child's throat, slicing just
     enough to draw blood.


     The stunned Hungarian watches the child fall from his arms.

     Sate turns the pistol on the next child, then the next and 
     the next. He kills his children one by one in front of the

                             VERBAL (V.O.)
                He tells him he would rather' see his
                family dead than live another day after

    SOZE walks over to his wife, crying and beaten on the floor
    and holds up her head. She gives him the strangest look. One
    of trust perhaps, saturated with fear and humiliation.

    He puts the gun between her eyes and fires.

                             VERBAL (V.O.)
                He lets the last Hungarian go, and he
                goes running. He waits until his wife and
                kids are in the ground and he goes after
                the rest of the mob. He kills their kids,
                he kills their wives, he kills their
                parents and their parents' friends.

    A dark and looming figure of a man walks in front of a wall
    of fire - a black shadow blurred by waves of heat.

                             VERBAL (V.O.)
                He burns down the houses they live in and
                the stores they work in, he kills people
                that owe them money. And like that he was
                gone. Underground. No one has ever seen
                him again. He becomes a myth, a spook
                story that criminals tell their kids at
                night. If you rat on your pop, Keyser
                Sate will get you. And nobody really ever


                Do you believe in him, Verbal?

                Keaton always said: "I don't believe in
                God, but I'm afraid of him." Well I
                believe in God, and the only thing that
                scares me is Keyser SOZE.

Extra: Kevin Spacey winning an Oscar for The Usual Suspects.

Dianne Wiest: thank you. The category Best Supporting Actor might be a little misleading. In any role of every size each actor supports every other actor in the cast. Though the dynamic characters they portrayed five actors each nominated for the first time gave their strength and spirit to their fellow actors and gifted us with striking performances. For Best Actor in a Supporting role the nominees are:

James Cromwell in Babe
Ed Harris in Apollo 13
Brad Pitt in 12 monkeys
Tim Roth in Rob Roy
Kevin Spacey in the Usual Suspects

…And the Oscar is presented to Kevin Spacey in the Usual Suspects.

Kevin Spacey: Well, whoever Kaiser Soze is, I can tell you he's going to get gloriously drunk tonight. And that's a question that I'm often asked: Who is Kaiser Soze? And I've always been very cryptic about my answer. But tonight I'm going to tell you who Kaiser Soze is for me. The person who pulls the strings, the person who manipulates, who hovers over us, who gives us life and breath. For me, Kaiser Soze is Bryan Singer the director of this film. And I thank him for his friendship and for giving me an extraordinary part and for making me a better actor i ever thought I could be. I have dreamt of a moment like this my whole life. I thank my manager Joanne, my agent Brian Gersh. And on a personal note to my mother, I'm so proud that you can be here tonight. Thank you so much. Thank you so much, Mom, for driving me to those acting classes on Ventura Boulevard. when I was sixteen. I told you they would pay off! And here's the pudding. Thank you.


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