John Doe is the killer, played by Kevin Spacey. He willingly turns himself in at the police station. He tells the police he will take them to the remaining two bodies if Pitt and Freeman's characters go with him. They drive out into the middle of nowhere, and John Doe's plan comes to fruition: The sixth sin is Envy, John Doe's envy of David Mills (Brad Pitt) life. So he (John Doe) killed Gwyneth Paltrow (Pitt's wife), put her head in a box and sent it to Brad Pitt.(We don't actually see what is in the box, but it is most likely her head, since that's what John Doe tells ) The seventh sin therefore is Wrath; Brad Pitt finds out what Doe did and in his wrath shoots him. Morgan Freeman's character, who was due to retire, decides to stay with the police after all.
Other mistake: When Somerset goes back to the man's house alone, he cuts a sticker on the door with his switch-blade to get in. The first error is the sticker is on the inside and it says "Keep Out." The best part about it is the door opens inward. How did they put the sticker on the inside and then exit? (00:20:45)
David Mills: You're no messiah. You're a movie of the week. You're a fucking t-shirt, at best.
Trivia: Kevin Spacey made sure that it was in his contract that his name would not appear in any press releases or reviews, that his photo would never appear in any of the above, he was not to be mentioned in interviews nor was his name to be anywhere in the opening credits. He cites his reason as being that The Usual Suspects and Outbreak were both opening earlier that same year and figured that people would start to recognize his name. And he also figured that if people saw his name in connection with the movie and he didn't appear for the first 2/3 of the movie they would know that he was playing the killer, thus ruining the element of shock and surprise that the moment in the movie has built up to. To compensate, Spacey is listed first in the ending credits.wolfchild
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