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Identity (2003)

John Cusack , Ray Liotta , James Mangold  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, John Hawkes, Alfred Molina
  • Directors: James Mangold
  • Writers: Michael Cooney
  • Producers: Cathy Konrad, Dixie J. Capp, Stuart M. Besser
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008EY9G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Identity" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Exclusive branched version of film with alternative ending and additional scene (widescreen version only)
  • Four deleted scenes with optional director's commentary
  • Storyboard comparisons
  • STARZ special: On the Set of Identity

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

The Identity DVD features are not quite as enticing as they sound. Of chief interest is the extended branched version of the film (available in widescreen only), but there's only one added scene (an interesting but not critical minute-long sequence that would have been the first conference-room scene), and the differences in the alternate ending are so subtle that you'll miss them if you literally blink a few times. There's no question it could affect audience perception, but unlike most alternate endings, it doesn't affect the actual outcome. (See spoiler for more information.) The four deleted scenes (which don't include either of the above-mentioned additions) aren't that exciting, and the optional director commentary notes that these deletions generally served to cut moments of character and comic relief in favor of moving the story along, which is one reason the film runs a brisk 90 minutes. James Mangold's director commentary on the feature is good, though, as he discusses such matters as the logistics of the perpetual downpour and a crucial bit of dialogue removed from the film's climax. Considering that downpour and the contrasting darks and lights of the film, picture quality is good, and the thunder claps sound great in 5.1 sound so there are no complaints about the DVD's presentation of the film itself. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

A whodunit revolving around a group of 10 strangers who find themselves running from a desert storm. They hole up in a roadside motel that proves as hospitable as the Bates Motel. The patrons are killed, one by one, and the survivors must try to figure out who the killer is before they, too, check out... permanently! Stars John Cusack (upcoming The Runaway Jury, America’s Sweethearts), Ray Liotta (Narc, Hannibal, Unlawful Entry), Rebecca DeMornay (The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Never Talk to Strangers), Jake Busey (Tomcats, Starship Troopers), Amanda Peet (upcoming The Whole Ten Yards, High Crimes), Alfred Molina (Frida, Chocolat), John C. McGinley (Stealing Harvard, The Animal, TV’s Scrubs), Directed by James Mangold (Kate & Leopold, Girl, Interrupted, Cop Land).

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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
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Sick and tired of those ordinary thrillers that are all fluff and very little substance? 'Identity' may be the answer that you're looking for, as it is a clever and dark thriller with a solid story, a terrific cast and a great look and feel to it all. The film revolves around ten strangers who end up at a little motel due to a horrible storm. All of them have been brought there by chance... or, is it a little more complicated than that? They think they're out of the woods until people start getting butchered left and right, in a countdown fashion. What appears to be nothing more than a murderer on the loose having his or her fun ends up being something a lot more sinister and threatening. Have these ten individuals been picked at random, or have their fates been sealed from the very beginning?

When I started watching this, I thought to myself, 'Oh boy, I bet you I know exactly how this is going to end.' I was wrong. The film takes a lot of clever and unexpected twists that really goes to show you how great a thriller can really be if the right brains are behind it all. It has some great suspense and frightening moments, an intriguing plot that likes to play around with your mind, and it delivers a very confident presentation. You'll recognize a good majority of the cast, as some of them include John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet and Rebecca DeMornay. All are great, especially Cusack who proves that he can be a successful lead role in a top-notch thriller.

The DVD has some cool goodies to offer. You can watch it in widescreen or fullscreen, depending on which is your preference. You also have the choice to watch the theatrical cut, or the extended version (not to be mistaken for a 'director's cut').
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller set in the famous dark and stormy night September 16, 2003
By A. Ryan
Format:DVD
This is so reminding me of Brian DePalma (I remember commenting the first ten minutes into Identity). There is no doubt that director James Mangold is drawing heavily on a DePalma influence, or perhaps tapping into a Hitchcock vein. Whatever the case, this thriller is just the fix I've been after without even realizing it.
I admit to being partial to the cast. John Cusack (Ed the limo driver with a past) is an actor I will go out of my way to see any time; needless to say, he is brilliant here too. Amanda Peet, playing a hooker trying to turn her life around, brings her trademark tough smarts to the role and does a great job as always. Ray Liotta plays his usual sinister-guy-posing-as-normal character, but here it fits nicely. Rebecca DeMornay's washed-up TV star part is brief enough to nearly qualify as a cameo, but memorable. The rest of the crew complement this roundup as the assorted bunch that arrive together at the isolated motel on that fateful stormy night that a murderous evil runs amok somewhere outside - or is it inside?
Never fear, this is no mere slasher flick. This *is* a deliciously creepy Whodunit with an added slice of suspense. It is also a real psychological thriller in the old school sense. In true Hitchcockian tradition there is an underlying plot that manages to bring together the seemingly random people and events that clash so chaotically. The little clues that are dropped here and there are just intriguing enough to give us a taste for the twist that we just know is coming (why is there blood on the back of Ray's shirt just before he covers it up with his jacket? What's up with the Indian tombs outside?) Naturally, there is also a false lead or two.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 ROOMS, 10 VACANCIES.... October 22, 2003
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"Identity" is one of those psychological thrillers where you really have to pay attention or you get lost. It's an engrossing mix of creepy murder thriller and character study that draws you in quickly and doesn't let up. A group of disparate strangers winds up at an eerie run down motel in a brutal rainstorm and find themselves being picked off one by one by a mysterious killer. Meanwhile, a schizophrenic mass murderer is scheduled for execution but his psychiatrist is arguing for an insanity reprieve. The stranded strangers discover that they have odd things in common. And then there are the motel room keys left as macabre clues. A truly great cast includes John Cusack as a limo driver, Ray Liotta as a cop, Amanda Peet as a call girl, Clea Duvall as an unhappy newlywed, John Hawkes as the loopy motel "manager" and Alfred Molina as the psychiatrist with Taylor Pruitt Vance as the schizophrenic and Rebecca DeMornay in an all too brief role as a hotheaded TV star being driven by Cusack. Other actors in the cast are good too. Director James Mangold keeps things moving with no room for draggy spots and each character has secrets---their own "baggage" so to speak. How the two plots come together is truly bizarre and beautifully handled. I found the ending to be a let down, but actually it made sense in a frustrating way. So I recommend "Identity" for those who enjoy a genuinely spooky story and murder mystery with a twist. Watching the cast alone is worth watching the movie for. Good extras on the DVD, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The sickest, most demented plot in the history of movies. Period.
...and every actor in this movie is AWESOME and KILLER!!!!

I almost cried at the end - - constructed beautifully. True work of art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This movie will keep you guessing Who done it! It is a mind boggling movie and the ending was a huge surprise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I was expecting a typical Friday 13th type movie, but was pleasantly surprised. I was a bit confused while watching it, right up to the end when the plot twist reveals what is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David H. Hanneman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I really love this movie. I wish it had more extras, but still good movie. Really like the actors. :)
Published 2 months ago by Kristy
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of twists
I love a movie that's difficult to predict the ending and like just enough clues to hint at the outcome. This movie does a pretty good job at that! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
You want a excellent mind blower? here it is! I wish that John Cusack would make more of these types of movies!!! he is awesome!
Published 6 months ago by Alan Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Fell Thru The Cracks
A great tight mystery with a "surprise" ending. Some will enjoy the twist & turns, whilst others may roll their eyes. I had fun watching it. Having it all unfold. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Thomas Kuo
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely an underrated movie
Plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing throughout the movie. What a great cast as well. There should be more thriller/mystery movies like this created.
Published 7 months ago by Frank S. Gonzalez
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best psychological thrillers ever made!!
I actually saw this movie on TV a few months back. It was late at night and I had nothing better to do so I just started watching it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jman
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Find Out the Ending
While, no doubt, those who made the film are aware of Hitchcock's Motel classic, there is no need for everyone who watches one to compare that with the Old Man's. Read more
Published 8 months ago by drkhimxz
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