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Seven (1995 film) - Wikipedia Seven film redirects here Crazed Killers For the 1979 film see Seven 1979 film Seven sometimes stylized as SE7EN3 is a 1995 American neonoir crime thriller film directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt Morgan Freeman Gwyneth Paltrow John C McGinley R Lee Ermey and Kevin Spacey The film was based on a screenplay by Andrew Kevin Walker It tells the story of David Mills Pitt a young detective who is partnered with the retiring William Somerset Freeman and soon tasked with tracking down a serial killer Spacey who uses the seven deadly sins as tropes in his murders The films screenplay was influenced by the time Walker spent in New York City trying to make it as a writer Principal photography took place in Los Angeles with the last scene filmed near Lancaster California The films budget was US33 million Released on September 22 1995 by New Line Cinema Seven went on to become the seventhhighestgrossing film of the year grossing over 327 million worldwide 2 It was well received by critics who praised the darkness and brutality of the film and its themes The film was nominated for Best Film Editing at the 68th Academy Awards but lost out to Apollo 13 Contents 1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 3 1 Preproduction 3 2 Filming 3 3 Title sequence 4 Reception 4 1 Box office 4 2 Critical response 4 3 Accolades 5 Home media 6 Novelization and comic books 7 Soundtrack 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External links In an unnamed American city soontoberetiring detective William Somerset is partnered with shorttempered but idealistic David Mills who recently transferred to the department moving to the city with his wife Tracy Mills introduces Somerset to Tracy after which Somerset becomes her confidant Tracy is unhappy with the city and feels it is no place to raise a child She discloses to Somerset that she is pregnant and has yet to inform her husband Somerset sympathizes with her having a similar situation with his exgirlfriend many years earlier and advises her to tell Mills only if she plans on keeping the child Somerset and Mills investigate a pair of murders The first victim is an obese man forced to eat until his stomach ruptured The second was a wealthy defense attorney who died from both fatal bloodletting and the removal of a pound of flesh At each crime scene the murderer leaves behind clues for the detectives including the word gluttony at the obese mans home and greed at the attorneys office Somerset recognizes them as part of the seven deadly sins and realizes the murders are related Other clues lead them to a possible perpetrators apartment There they find another victim a known drug dealer and child molester strapped to a bed barely alive and emaciated with a series of pictures indicating he had been tied to the bed for an entire year The word sloth is scrawled on the wall The photos also indicate the killer has been planning these deaths for some time Somerset and Mills identify a man named John Doe who has checked out several library books on the deadly sins Doe flees when they go to his apartment and Mills gives chase Doe eventually corners Mills and holds him at gunpoint but after a few moments turns and escapes At Does apartment they find hundreds of handwritten journals showing Does apparent psychopathy and clues leading to a fourth victim They arrive too late to prevent the death of the victim a prostitute killed by an unwilling man forced by Doe to wear a bladed S&M phallic device on his genitals and to rape and kill her while severely traumatizing him They find lust written on the door They are alerted to their next victim an attractive young woman presumably a model whose face has been mutilated by Doe she was given the option to call for help and be disfigured or to commit suicide by taking pills She chose suicide The word pride is written on her wall Shortly after as Somerset and Mills return to the police station they are approached by a man covered in blood surrendering himself Mills recognizes him as Doe and arrests him They discover Doe has been removing the skin on his fingers to avoid leaving behind prints the blood on him is from a yettobeidentified victim Doe through his lawyer advises there are two more victims and offers to take the detectives to them and confess to all the murders but only under very specific terms or he will otherwise plead insanity Somerset is wary but Mills agrees The two detectives following Does directions drive him to a remote desert location Within minutes a delivery van approaches them Mills holds Doe at gunpoint while Somerset goes to intercept the driver who had been instructed to bring a box to them As Somerset recovers the box and sends the driver away Doe begins telling Mills about how jealous he is of Mills life and marriage to Tracy antagonizing Mills Somerset opens the box and in horror tells Mills to stay back and not listen to Doe Doe continues to taunt Mills as Mills frantically asks what is in the box Doe reveals that he was so jealous of Mills that he killed Tracy her death being a result of his envy and that her head is in the box Doe tries to goad Mills into vengeance to become wrath and shoot him Somerset desperately tries to convince Mills not to shoot Doe but then Doe reveals that Tracy was pregnant The revelation is too much for Mills and he shoots Doe six times Does death completes the seven sins Police converge and take a devastated Mills away The police captain reassures Somerset that Mills will be taken care of When asked by the Captain where he will be Somerset says he will be around Brad Pitt as Detective David Mills Morgan Freeman as Detective Lieutenant William Somerset Gwyneth Paltrow as Tracy Mills Kevin Spacey as John Doe R Lee Ermey as Police Captain John C McGinley as SWAT team leader California Richard Roundtree as District Attorney Martin Talbot Richard Schiff as Mark Swarr Mark Boone Junior as Greasy FBI Man Peter Crombie as Dr ONeill Michael Massee as Man in Massage Parlour Booth Leland Orser as Crazed Man in Massage Parlour Andrew Kevin Walker as Dead Man Productionedit Preproductionedit The primary influence for the films screenplay came from Andrew Kevin Walkers time spent in New York City while trying to make it as a screenwriter I didnt like my time in New York but its true that if I hadnt lived there I probably wouldnt have written Seven 4 He envisioned actor William Hurt as Somerset and named the character after his favorite author W Somerset Maugham 4 Jeremiah S Chechik was attached to direct at one point 4 During preproduction Al Pacino was considered for the Somerset role but he decided to do City Hall Denzel Washington and Sylvester Stallone turned down the role of Mills Washington later regretted turning down the role 56 The ending of the screenplay with the head in the box was originally part of an earlier draft that New Line had rejected instead opting for an ending that involved more traditional elements of a detective thriller film with more actionoriented elements But when New Line sent David Fincher the screenplay to review for his interest in the project they accidentally sent him the original screenplay with the headinthebox ending At the time Fincher had not read a script for a year and a half since the frustrating experience of making Alien 3 he said I thought Id rather die of colon cancer than do another movie 7 Fincher eventually agreed to direct Seven because he was drawn to the script which he found to be a connectthedots movie that delivers about inhumanity Its psychologically violent It implies so much not about why you did but how you did it 7 He found it more a meditation on evil rather than a police procedural When New Line realized that they had sent Fincher the wrong draft the President of Production Michael De Luca met with Fincher and noted that there was internal pressure to retain the revised version De Luca stated that if Fincher promised to produce the movie they would be able to stay with the headinabox ending 8 Despite this producer Kopelson refused to allow the film to include the headinabox scene 9 Actor Pitt joined Fincher in arguing for keeping this original scene noting that his previous film Legends of the Fall had its emotional ending cut after negative feedback from test audiences and refusing to do Seven unless the headinthebox scene remained 10 Filmingedit Filming took place in Los Angeles California Fincher approached making Seven like a tiny genre movie the kind of movie Friedkin might have made after The Exorcist He worked with cinematographer Darius Khondji and adopted a simple approach to the camerawork which was influenced by the television show COPS how the camera is in the backseat peering over peoples shoulder 7 Fincher allowed Walker on the set while filming for ontheset rewrites 4 According to the director Seven is the first time I got to carry through certain things about the camera – and about what movies are or can be 7 The crowded urban streets filled with noisy denizens and an oppressive rain that seems to fall without respite were integral parts of the film as Fincher wanted to show a city that was dirty violent polluted often depressing Visually and stylistically thats how we wanted to portray this world Everything needed to be as authentic and raw as possible To this end Fincher turned to production designer Arthur Max to create a dismal world that often eerily mirrors its inhabitants We created a setting that reflects the moral decay of the people in it says Max Everything is falling apart and nothing is working properly The films brooding dark look was achieved through a chemical process called bleach bypass wherein the silver in the film stock was not removed which in turn deepened the dark shadowy images in the film and increased its overall tonal quality The head in a box ending continued to worry the studio after filming was completed After the first cut of the film was shown to the studio they attempted to mitigate the bleakness of the ending by replacing Mills wifes head with that of a dog or by not having Mills fire on John Doe However both Fincher and Pitt continued to fight for the original ending 10 The final scenes of Mills being taken away and Somersets quote from Ernest Hemingway were filmed by Fincher after initial filming was complete as a way to placate the studio the original intention was for the film to suddenly end after Mills shot John Doe 9 Title sequenceedit On the films title sequence Fincher has said The sequence for Se7en did very important nonnarrative things in the original script there was a title sequence that had Morgan Freeman buying a house out in the middle of nowhere and then travelling back on a train He was making his way back to the unnamed city from the unnamed suburban sprawl and thats where the title was supposed to beinsert title sequence herebut we didnt have the money to do that We also lacked the feeling of John Doe the villain who just appeared 90 minutes into the movie It was oddly problematic you just needed a sense of what these guys were up against Kyle Cooper the designer of the title sequence came to me and said You know you have these amazing books that you spent tens of thousands of dollars to make for the John Doe interior props Id like to see them featured And I said Well that would be neat but thats kind of a 2D glimpse Figure out a way for it to involve John Doe to show that somewhere across town somebody is working on some really evil shit I dont want it to be just flipping through pages as beautiful as they are So Kyle came up with a great storyboard and then we got Angus Wall and Harris SavidesHarris to shoot it and Angus to cut itand the rest as they say is internet history 11 Receptionedit Box officeedit Seven was released on September 22 1995 in 2441 theaters where it grossed US13 9 million on its opening weekend It went on to gross 100 1 million in North America and 227 1 million in the rest of the world for a total of 327 3 million12 making Seven the seventhhighestgrossing film in 1995 13 The film also spent 4 consecutive weeks in the top spot at the U S box office in 1995 Critical responseedit The film was well received by critics and holds an 80 positive rating at the filmreview aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 70 critics with an average rating of 7 7 out of 10 Its consensus reads A brutal relentlessly grimy shocker with taut performances slick gore effects and a haunting finale 3 The film has a rating of 65 on Metacritic based on 22 reviews 14 Gary Arnold in The Washington Times praised the cast The films ace in the hole is the personal appeal generated by Mr Freeman as the mature cerebral cop and Mr Pitt as the young headstrong cop Not that the contrast is inspired or believable in itself What gets to you is the prowess of the costars as they fill out sketchy character profiles 15 Sheila Johnston in her review for The Independent praised Freemans performance The film belongs to Freeman and his quiet carefully detailed portrayal of the jaded older man who learns not to give up the fight Crazed Killers 16 James Charisma in a list of Spaceys greatest film performances for Paste wrote Spacey’s portrayal is a perfect balancing act John Doe is detached from the murders he commits yet deliberate and meticulous in his execution Unemotional yet smug Analytical violent patient impenetrable 17 In his review for Sight and Sound John Wrathall wrote Seven has the scariest ending since George Sluizers original The Vanishing and stands as the most complex and disturbing entry in the serial killer genre since Manhunter 18 In his Great Movies list review film critic Roger Ebert commented on Finchers direction None of his films is darker than this one 19 Accoladesedit New Line Cinema rereleased Seven in Westwood Los Angeles California on Christmas Day and in New York City on December 29 1995 in an attempt to generate Academy Award nominations for Freeman Pitt and Fincher which was ultimately unsuccessful 20 American Film Institute lists AFIs 100 Years 100 Thrills Nominated AFIs 100 Years 100 Heroes and Villains John Doe Nominated Villain AFIs 10 Top 10 Nominated Mystery Film Year Ceremony Category Recipients Result 1995 68th Academy Awards Best Film Editing Richard FrancisBruce Nominated 49th British Academy Film Awards Best Screenplay Original Andrew Kevin Walker Nominated 1996 MTV Movie Awards Best Movie Seven Won Most Desirable Male Brad Pitt Won Best OnScreen Duo Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman Nominated Best Villain Kevin Spacey Won Home mediaedit For the DVD release Seven was remastered and presented in the widescreen format preserving the 2 401 aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition Audio options include Dolby Digital EX 5 1 DTS ES Discrete 6 1 and Stereo Surround Sound The Seven DVD features four newly recorded featurelength audio commentaries featuring the stars and other key contributors to the film who talk about their experiences making Seven This DVD is also compatible with DVDROM drives Disc One features a printable screenplay with links to the film The Bluray Disc was released September 14 2010 21 Novelization and comic booksedit In 1995 a novelization with the same title was written by Anthony Bruno based on the original film 22 Between September 2006 and October 2007 a series of seven comic books were published by Zenescope Entertainment with each of the seven issues dedicated to one of the seven sins It told the story from the perspective of John Doe rather than the two homicide detectives as in the film Each issue included contributions by a group of creators independent of each other All seven issues were collected in trade paperback form released on January 15 2008 as SE7EN edited by David Seidman and Ralph Tedesco 2324 Soundtrackedit The opening credit music is a spliced sample of an uncredited remix of the Nine Inch Nails song Closer available as Closer Precursor remixed by Coil on the Closer single The song during the end credits is David Bowies song The Hearts Filthy Lesson found on his album Outside The films original score is by Howard Shore In the Beginning – The Statler Brothers Guilty – Gravity Kills Trouble Man – Marvin Gaye Speaking of Happiness – Gloria Lynne – written by Buddy Scott & Jimmy Radcliffe Suite No 3 in D Major BWV 1068 Air – written by Johann Sebastian Bach performed by Stuttgarter Kammerorchester Karl Münchinger Love Plus One – Haircut One Hundred I Cover the Waterfront – Billie Holiday Nows the Time – Charlie Parker Straight No Chaser – Thelonious Monk Taken from Monk in Tokyo Portrait of John Doe – Howard Shore Suite from Seven – Howard Shore Referencesedit Se7en 18 British Board of Film Classification September 27 1995 Retrieved July 28 2013 a b c Seven 1995 Box Office Mojo Retrieved July 17 2014 a b Seven Rotten Tomatoes a b c d Montesano Anthony February 1996 Sevens Deadly Sins Cinefantastique p 48 Doty Meriah September 18 2012 Denzel Washington regrets passing up ‘Seven’ and ‘Michael Clayton’ Yahoo Movies Retrieved May 13 2017 Davis Edward September 26 2012 Denzel Washington Turned Down ‘Seven’ & ‘Michael Clayton’ Javier Bardem Passed On ‘Minority Report’ IndieWire Retrieved May 13 2017 a b c d Taubin Amy January 1996 The Allure of Decay Sight and Sound p 24 Salsibury Mark January 18 2009 David Fincher The Guardian Retrieved June 26 2012 a b Mottham James 2007 The Sundance Kids How the Mavericks Took Back Hollywood Faber and Faber pp 153–155 ISBN 0865479674 a b Smith Grady September 16 2011 How Brad Pitt fought to keep Gwyneths head in the box in Se7en Entertainment Weekly Retrieved June 26 2012 Perkins Will August 27 2012 David Fincher A Film Title Retrospective Art of the Title Retrieved September 8 2012 Seven Box Office Mojo Retrieved March 26 2008 The top six grossing films of 1995 were Die Hard with a Vengeance Toy Story Apollo 13 GoldenEye Pocahontas and Batman Forever Seven Metacritic Arnold Gary September 22 1995 Sinister Seven a killer of a thriller The Washington Times Johnston Sheila January 4 1996 Sin has seldom looked so good The Independent Charisma James August 15 2016 All 45 of Kevin Spacey’s Movie Performances Ranked Paste Retrieved January 16 2017 Wrathall John January 1996 Seven Sight and Sound p 50 Ebert Roger July 18 2011 Seven 1995 Chicago SunTimes Cox Dan December 22 1995 Seven gets new dates for Oscar season Variety Creepy Uncle First Bluray News Seven dreadcentral com Retrieved November 4 2011 Bruno Anthony 1995 Seven a novel by Anthony Bruno based on a screenplay by Andrew Kevin Walker New York St Martins Paperbacks p 248 ISBN 0312957041 Comic Book Resources com Horrific sins SE7EN comes to comics this September MyComicShop Seven 2006 Se7en comic books Further readingedit Dyer Richard 1999 Seven London British Film Institute ISBN 9780851707235 External linksedit Seven on IMDb Seven at the TCM Movie Database Seven at AllMovie Seven at Box Office Mojo Seven at Rotten Tomatoes Seven at 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