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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

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


Ray Liotta


Amanda Peet


John Hawkes


Alfred Molina

Dr. Malick

Clea DuVall


John C. McGinley

George York

William Lee Scott


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

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


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

Gross: $90,259,536

Technical Specs


(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

And an impressive film.