Original Film Prop IMI UZI with Folding Stock From Ellis Props - As Used in Hollywood Film The Usual Suspects
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a full scale metal replica non-firing prop IMA UZI with folding stock as used in the 1985 Hollywood film The Usual Suspects. Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey) uses a IMI Uzi to intimidate the "NYPD's Finest Taxi Service" from the bed of a van during the group's first heist. However, multiple UZI prop guns were used in making the movie and there is no way for us to know exactly which one this is, but we do know it was used in making the film. The original ELLIS AUCTION LABEL IS STILL ATTACHED to the fore stock of this prop gun and reads DAY 5, LOT 5864 .
This fantastic example acquired from the Ellis Props and Graphics liquidation auction. Ellis was the oldest and the largest Prop Houses in the World until it went our of business in the early 2000s.
The vast Ellis collection was acquired beginning in 1908, when a pawn shop, Ellis Mercantile, began renting merchandise to early filmmakers. According to Ellis Props, it began when a studio employee wanted to buy a glass eye. The pawn shop decided to rent it in case the owner returned, and it continued the practice with other items.
The Usual Suspects is a 1995 neo-noir mystery thriller film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Chazz Palminteri, Pete Postlethwaite, and Kevin Spacey.
The plot follows the interrogation of Roger "Verbal" Kint, a small-time con man, who is one of only two survivors of a massacre and fire on a ship docked at the Port of Los Angeles. Through flashback and narration, Kint tells an interrogator a convoluted story of events that led him and his criminal companions to the boat, and of a mysterious crime lord—known as Keyser Söze—who controlled them. The film was shot on a $6 million budget and began as a title taken from a column in Spy magazine called The Usual Suspects, after one of Claude Rains' most memorable lines in the classic film Casablanca, and Singer thought that it would make a good title for a film.
The film was shown out of competition at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, and then initially released in a few theaters. It received favorable reviews and was eventually given a wider release. McQuarrie won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Spacey won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. The Writers Guild of America ranked the film as having the 35th greatest screenplay of all time.
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