April 25th, 2003

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Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rainstorm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 7.3/10 (83,117 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

Director: James Mangold

Stars: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet

Strangers from all different walks of life: a limo driver escorting a fading television star, parents with a young son whose marriage is in crisis, a cop transporting a dangerous convict, a beautiful call girl, a couple of young newlyweds, and a nervous motel manager are caught up in a severe rainstorm, stuck at a motel in desolate Nevada. Soon they realize they may be at the motel for another reason when one by one, people start getting killed off. As tensions flare and fingers are pointed, they have to get to the bottom of why they're there. Meanwhile in an undisclosed location, a psychiatrist is trying to prove the innocence of a man accused of murder in an eleventh hour trial. How these two through-lines are related can only be found in Identity.

John Cusack - Ed
Ray Liotta - Rhodes
Amanda Peet - Paris
John Hawkes - Larry
Alfred Molina - Dr. Malick
Clea DuVall - Ginny
John C. McGinley - George York
William Lee Scott - Lou
Jake Busey - Robert Maine
Pruitt Taylor Vince - Malcolm Rivers
Rebecca De Mornay - Caroline Suzanne (as Rebecca DeMornay)
Carmen Argenziano - Defense Lawyer
Marshall Bell - District Attorney
Leila Kenzle - Alice York
Matt Letscher - Assistant District Attorney

Taglines: The secret lies within.


Official Website: Sony pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 25 April 2003

Filming Locations: City Hall - 200 N. Spring Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $16,225,263 (USA) (27 April 2003) (2733 Screens)

Gross: $90,259,536 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (alternate DVD version)

Did You Know?

The complete names of the characters in motel are: - Edward 'Ed' Dakota - Samuel Rhodes - Paris Nevada - George York - Alice York - Timmy York - Larry Washington - Caroline Suzanne - Virginia "Ginny" Isiana - Lou Isiana - Robert Maine

Factual errors: The car used by the Nevada Department of Prisons had a blue license plate with white letters. These are actually personalized plates issued by the Nevada DMV. In Nevada, all state government owned vehicles have the standard license plate and they all have "EX" as the first two letters.

[first Lines]
Malcolm Rivers: As I was going up the stairs, I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today. I wish, I wish he'd go away.

User Review

Edge of the seat thriller

Rating: 9/10

I've never before seen a film that made me sit on the edge of my seat practically from the opening credits. And I never got to sit back.

This was a psychological thriller of the best type. There is plenty of opportunity for you to nominate the "bad guy" and while you may be right in a sense you will probably also be wrong. The ending is a real shocker - and I suspect that the typical reaction of many viewers is to say "No way" - but if you think about it, it is the only possible ending. But you have to think about it - and the film is so action-filled that you never have time. SO the realization must come after the closing credits roll.

I'd never seen John Cusack in anything but a comedy before (except for a film called "Max", but I saw that before I knew who Cusack was). He pulled off drama equally as well as he does comedy. An impressive talent.

And an impressive film.

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