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The movie Seven (also written as Se7en) (1995) is about a serial killer obsessed with the seven deadly sins. It was directed by David Fincher (his second movie) and written by Andrew Kevin Walker who received a nomination for a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay. Download high resolution version (492x755, 98 KB)Seven poster. ... Download high resolution version (492x755, 98 KB)Seven poster. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Serial killers are individuals who have a history of multiple slayings of victims who were usually unknown to them beforehand. ... The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices or cardinal sins, suggest a classification of vices and were enumerated in their present form by Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century. ... David Fincher (born May 10, 1962) is an American film director. ... Graduated from Mechanicsburg Senior High School. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ...

The film utilizes a visual film technique known as bleach bypass. Film editor Richard Francis-Bruce was nominated for an Academy Award for Film Editing. Bleach Bypass is a film technique used in such movies as Seven or The Crow. ... A film editor is a person/persons who practices film editing. ... The Academy Award for Film Editing was first given for films issued in 1934. ...

Tagline: "Seven deadly sins. Seven ways to die."

Seven stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman as the two detectives in charge of solving the crimes, Gwyneth Paltrow as the wife of Pitt's character, and Kevin Spacey as the killer. Spacey asked that his name not be included in the opening credits, in order to conceal the killer's identity. Brad Pitt Brad Pitt (born William Bradley Pitt on December 18, 1963), is an American film actor. ... Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American actor and film director who first became known in the American media through roles on the kids show The Electric Company and on the soap opera Another World. ... Gwyneth Paltrow in Shallow Hal Gwyneth Kate Paltrow (born September 28, 1972) is an American actress. ... Kevin Spacey Fowler (born July 26, 1959 in South Orange, New Jersey), better known as Kevin Spacey, is an American actor. ...



Greed and Gluttony

The story unfolds in a rainy non-descript American metropolis that (despite inclement conditions) is most likely Los Angeles given its proximity to a characteristically Californian desert. Drawing from the worst aspects of urban life -- crime, congestion, inner-city decay etc., the dystopian atmosphere lends support to the biblical nature of the film's premise and could possibly be a reference to Sodom and Gomorrah; symbolizing a sinful environment where depravity, avarice and generally inimical conduct is rampant. Detective Lt. William Somerset (Freeman) (possibly named for W. Somerset Maugham) is preparing to retire from police work after many gruelling and unpleasant years of dealing with the destitution and apathy bred within the grimy and forlorn city that is constantly depicted as sordid and dark. In his last week, he is partnered with Detective David Mills (Pitt), a much younger and more naive officer who just relocated to the department from somewhere outside the metropolis. W. Somerset Maugham as photographed in 1934 by Carl Van Vechten. ...

They meet one another at a crime scene in which an obese man who was force-fed, bound and tortured, lies dead. He has wires on ankles and wrists, and there is a bucket of vomit under the table. The pathologist later verifies that the man was fed repeatedly, then kicked in the side so he burst. This caused his stomach to split and led to an internal hemorrhage that brought on his demise. The first bit of evidence that has the two detectives believe they are after a killer with a grudge is Somerset's discovery of two shopping receipts, indicating that the killer had left the cockroach-infested, filthy apartment to visit a supermarket in between force-feeding the victim, who had eaten all the food in the house. Obesity is an excess storage of fat and can affect any mammal, such as the mouse on the left. ... Vomiting (or emesis) is the forceful expulsion of the contents of ones stomach through the mouth. ... Pathology (in ancient Greek pathos = feeling, pain, suffering and logos = discourse or treatise, i. ... Hemorrhage (alternate spelling is Haemorrhage) is the medical term referring to the presence of blood in the interstitial tissues. ... Families Blaberidae Blattellidae Blattidae Cryptocercidae Polyphagidae A cockroach is an insect of the order Blattodea (or Blattaria). ...

After their superior (R. Lee Ermey) confronts the detectives in his office, Somerset argues that Mills should be placed on a different assignment. However, soon after, the gruesome murder of the prominent Jewish lawyer Eli Gould, who was made to excise a pound of his own flesh in the tradition of William Shakespeare's Jewish character Shylock, is discovered, and written on the floor in Gould's blood is the word GREED. Somerset goes back and does some re-investigating, and finds GLUTTONY written in grease behind the refrigerator of the apartment in which the obese man was murdered. He begins to suspect that the crimes are related, and confronts his superior to warn that there will be five more murders, each patterned after the remaining five of the seven deadly sins. R. Lee Ermey Ronald Lee Gunny Ermey (born March 24, 1944) is a retired U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor who later made a career as an actor playing the roles of military or authority figures, such as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket. ... Judaism is the religious culture of the Jewish people. ... A lawyer is a person licensed by the state to advise clients in legal matters and represent them in courts of law (and in other forms of dispute resolution). ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Shylock is a character in Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice. ... Greed is a desire to obtain more money or material possessions or bodily satisfaction than one is considered to need. ... In Catholicism gluttony is one of the Seven Deadly Sins. ... The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices or cardinal sins, suggest a classification of vices and were enumerated in their present form by Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century. ...

Somerset and Mills team up once again, and all previous tension seems to be obliterated after Mills' wife Tracy invites the demoralised and pessimistic detective to their new house for dinner. That same evening, they find a set of fingerprints at the site of Gould's murder. The evidence, cleverly hidden behind a painting which Mrs. Gould notices has been turned upside down, belong to a known child molestor and drug dealer, but as the task force prepare to storm the offender's residence the following morning, Somerset is already sure that he is not the person they are looking for. A fingerprint is an imprint made by the pattern of ridges on the pad of a human finger. ... Sexual abuse is physical or psychological abuse or harm that involves sexual behavior. ... These lollipops, above, were found to contain heroin when inspected by the US Drug Enforcement Administration In jurisdictions where legislation restricts or prohibits the sale of certain popular drugs, it is common for an illegal drugs trade to develop. ...


He is proved right when the man is found tied to his bed, alive but suffering from severe muscular deterioration after having spent a year completely immobile, Somerset once again voices concern that they stand little chance of catching the cold-blooded, calculating killer, who photographed the process of the tied man's deterioration and manipulated the evidence the detectives collected to ensure that they discovered his victim exactly one year after he rendered him immobile. Besides the fact that the victim's brain is completely 'mush', the perpetrator severed his hand, which explains how his prints turned up at the scene of Eli Gould's murder. The word SLOTH is written on the wall. Families Megalonychidae Bradypodidae Sloths are medium-sized South American mammals belonging to the families Megalonychidae and Bradypodidae, part of the order Xenarthra. ...

Reinforcing the noir sense of decadence director Fincher has planted is Tracy's private revelation to Somerset that she is pregnant but is not sure bringing a child into this world would be wise. Somerset tells her he was faced with the same decision at one point in life and chose the path of abortion. He has regretted it ever since, and advises her to never let Mills know she was pregnant if she chooses not to have it. Noir could refer to: Noir is the French language word for black. Film noir is a genre of movie. ...

With the investigation going nowhere, Somerset pays a contact in the FBI to print out the list of names on the government database of "flagged" library books. Through the list (which is not fictitious and does exist in reality), they come up with a list of possible matches, one of which is an individual named Jonathan Doe (a play on the John Doe name used for anonymous crime victims). When they visit Doe's apartment, he opens fire at them from further down the hall and leads them on a lengthy chase through labyrinth-like decrepit tenement buildings. Incidentally, these scenes were shot on location at the run-down yet historically significant Alexandria Hotel in downtown Los Angeles (during its heyday the hotel was a favorite haunt of Charlie Chaplin among other Hollywood notables). During the pursuit, Mills is injured by Doe who spares his life but escapes capture. (This injury was added to the story after Brad Pitt injured himself attempting a stunt in the scene.) The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a Federal police force which is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... A database is a collection of data elements (facts) stored in a computer in a systematic way, such that a computer program can consult it to answer questions. ... Modern-style library In its traditional sense, a library is a collection of books and periodicals. ... In the USA, the name John Doe is used for a defendant or victim in a legal example or for a person whose identity is unknown or is intended to be anonymous. ...


The inside of the man's apartment contains a darkroom and meticulously kept logs of the killer's random thoughts. Amongst the heap that suggests Jonathan Doe is an obsessive maniac, evidence of possible future victims arises. One of them seems to be a prostitute. There is also a receipt from a custom leather-goods fetish shop for an item that winds up being used in the murder of said prostitute; LUST is written on the door outside a murder scene where a frantic man with a serrated weapon covering his penis was forced to copulate with a bound working girl. Mills and Somerset later argue in a bar about the value of what they are doing, and Somerset is not convinced that staying on as a policeman would make any difference. A darkroom is a given space, usually a separate area in a building or a vehicle, for photographers to use light-sensitive materials to develop photographs. ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ... This article concerns the concept of fetishism in anthropology. ... The word lust means sexual desire (this meaning is sometimes metaphorically extended to other forms of desire, e. ... The penis (plural penises or penes) or phallus is the external male copulatory organ, and, in mammals, the external male organ of urination. ...


A fifth victim turns up the next day after a phone call from John Doe to his own apartment. A model is found dead in her own bedroom. Doe cut off her nose--"to spite her face"--then offered her a choice of living with her disfigurement or suicide, by gluing a box of pills to one hand (from which she could overdose) and a phone to call for help to the other. By choosing suicide, she accedes to the sin of PRIDE, which is written in blood on the headboard of the bed. When Mills and Somerset return to police headquarters, John Doe (Kevin Spacey) confronts them. His shirt is covered in blood. Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of wilfully ending ones own life; it is sometimes a noun for one who has committed or attempted the act. ... Pride - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... Kevin Spacey Fowler (born July 26, 1959 in South Orange, New Jersey), better known as Kevin Spacey, is an American actor. ...

Doe offers to plead guilty but only if allowed to escort the detectives to his final revelation. On the way there, he extensively alludes to the greatness of his achievement, and seems particularly preoccupied with Detective Mills. He offers reasons as to why he has committed the heinous murders, and, in one of the film's most startling moments, explains that in order to arouse a heightened consciousness in the desentisised, amoral people of today, one cannot expect to tap them on the shoulder and have them listen, but rather, hit them with a sledge hammer.

Envy and Wrath

When they arrive at Doe's prearranged location, dry and desert-like, a delivery truck pulls up. Inside is a delivery for Mills, which Somerset opens. He tells Mills, who is struggling to ignore Jonathan Doe's comments, that the severed head of his wife Tracy lies inside the box. Doe recounts how he visited Tracy after Mills left for work and tried to play husband. The independently wealthy Doe envied the fruits of a common man's life and is thus guilty of ENVY. Enraged, Mills pulls out his gun and dramatically contemplates killing Doe. Somerset tries to stop him, arguing that Doe's revelations only stand if he is killed for his sin of Envy and if Mills is the one who kills him and so becomes the embodiment of WRATH. "If you kill him, he wins," says Somerset. The distraught and emotional Mills, very much in line with the character Pitt has contrived, is overcome by the tragedy of the death of his wife and their unborn baby, whom he did not know existed until Doe told him. He shoots the killer in the head. Jonathan Doe drops dead, victorious. Envy is the desire for anothers traits, status, abilities, station, or worldly goods. ... Wrath is a somewhat archaic word, used mainly within religion, to refer to extreme anger. ...

In the final scene, Mills is taken into custody. Somerset is assured by his superior that, for the immediate future (Mills's final fate is not known), Mills will be taken care of. The film concludes when, in voice-over, sirens wailing in the background, Somerset says "Ernest Hemingway once wrote; the world is a fine place, and worth fighting for. I agree with the second part." Ernest Hemingway, 1950 Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist and short story writer. ...


The opening credit music was a nearly-unrecognizable remix of Closer by Nine Inch Nails, available as Closer (precursor) on the Closer to God single. A remix is an alternate mix of a song different from the original version, made using the techniques of audio editing. ... With Teeth album cover Nine Inch Nails (NIИ) is a critically and commercially successful American band formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1988 by Trent Reznor. ... Closer To God, though ostensibly a single, could in fact be likened to an EP. It contained the song Closer from Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral album, as well as 5 remixes of the song, and remixes of several other songs from The Downward Spiral. ...

See Also

7 (seven) is the natural number following 6 and preceding 8. ... This group of articles compose an alphabetical list of films with entries in Wikipedia (or films of significance which have references in Wikipedia even if no articles yet appear, such as Academy Award winning films, for example). ... This group of articles compose an list by number of selected films. ...

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