Top 47 Knives Out Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Knives Out facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Knives Out film message.

Knives Out (2019) had many closeups of characters with eyeglasses, so the production cleverly sculpted mattes to reshape lighting equipment into scenery you'd realistically expect to see reflected in the glasses.
Knives Out (2019) had many closeups of characters with eyeglasses, so the production cleverly sculpted mattes to reshape lighting equipment into scenery you'd realistically expect to see reflected in the glasses.
You can see a glass jug is missing from the shelf in Ranson's house.
You can see a glass jug is missing from the shelf in Ranson's house.

Knives Out Trivia

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  1. The song that Benoit Blanc sings is "Losing My Mind", from the 1971 Stephen Sondheim musical "Follies". Rian Johnson wanted to include a Sondheim reference, because the composer was an "avowed mystery nut" and would throw murder mystery parties for his friends.

  2. The murderer never holds an iPhone while most of the innocent characters do. Apple have a policy of not allowing bad guys to use their products.

  3. Ransom was originally supposed to say F*ck You in this part. It was changed to Eat Sh*t right before shooting to keep a PG-13 rating.

Knives Out Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • When Ransom says "stupid with two 'o's", the subtitles use his spelling

  • The portrait of the deceased has a subtle change after the murder has been solved... a smirk.

  • 1 - Steelbook detail! Not sure if this counts, but if you get the slipcover of the steelbook flip it around, it points to a very specific character...
    Steelbook detail! Not sure if this counts, but if you get the slipcover of the steelbook flip it around, it points to a very specific character...
  • 1 - The trick hall window that Marta climbs through is covered by a painting of a person climbing through a window.
    The trick hall window that Marta climbs through is covered by a painting of a person climbing through a window.
  • 1 - During the car chase in Knives Out (2019), you can see the tunnel symbol from Director Rian Johnson's first feature Brick (2005) spray painted in the alley.
    During the car chase in Knives Out (2019), you can see the tunnel symbol from Director Rian Johnson's first feature Brick (2005) spray painted in the alley.
  • 1 - Detective Blanc says the case is a "donut" with a hole in the center. A prominent set piece is donut-shaped. As Blanc solves the mystery and fills the plot hole, he fills the visual hole as well...
    Detective Blanc says the case is a "donut" with a hole in the center. A prominent set piece is donut-shaped. As Blanc solves the mystery and fills the plot hole, he fills the visual hole as well...
  • (2019) when Harlan...

  • Gives subtle detail for Go players

  • 1 - | The portrait changes is mood on the final
    | The portrait changes is mood on the final

Knives Out Hidden Details

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a cameo in Knives Out (2019) as the detective in the show Marta's sister Alice is watching. He has appeared in all the movies Rian Johnson has directed.

1 - When Detective Blanc is making the analogy that the case has a, "hole in the middle," he is looking out the window at decorative wreaths.
When Detective Blanc is making the analogy that the case has a, "hole in the middle," he is looking out the window at decorative wreaths.

One character physically attacks another late in the movie, and there is a series of cuts showing the shocked reactions of the other characters in the room, except for one character who is shown to be grinning. Full explanation below.

Ransom is almost always seen in a white wool sweater.

1 - Harlan Thrombey foreshadows that his grand child can't tell the difference between a stage prop and a real knife.
Harlan Thrombey foreshadows that his grand child can't tell the difference between a stage prop and a real knife.
1 - Today: early in the movie, while ranting about Ransom to Marta, Harlan says "...playing life like a game without consequences. Until you can't tell the difference between a stage prop and a real knife."
Today: early in the movie, while ranting about Ransom to Marta, Harlan says "...playing life like a game without consequences. Until you can't tell the difference between a stage prop and a real knife."
1 - Not sure if it was posted before but, during the questioning in Knives Out (2019), Linda's (Jamie Lee Curtis) flashback of the birthday shows her behind her father alongside Richard (Don Johnson). In Walt's (Michael Shannon) flashback, he's the one behind, alongside his wife.
Not sure if it was posted before but, during the questioning in Knives Out (2019), Linda's (Jamie Lee Curtis) flashback of the birthday shows her behind her father alongside Richard (Don Johnson). In Walt's (Michael Shannon) flashback, he's the one behind, alongside his wife.
1 - All the letters to Linda from her father are written in invisible ink revealed by heat. All her previous letters have a burn mark where she used a lighter to reveal the writing.
All the letters to Linda from her father are written in invisible ink revealed by heat. All her previous letters have a burn mark where she used a lighter to reveal the writing.

The transition from steadicam to handheld only occurs because director Rian Johnson broke the steadicam.

1 - A missing jug foreshadows the identity of the murderer. Foreshadowing confirmed by Rian Johnson. Full explanation in comments.
A missing jug foreshadows the identity of the murderer. Foreshadowing confirmed by Rian Johnson. Full explanation in comments.
1 - When Richard opens the letter from Harlon to his wife, Linda, the invisible ink is still partially visible before it appears later in the film.
When Richard opens the letter from Harlon to his wife, Linda, the invisible ink is still partially visible before it appears later in the film.
1 - The room Benoit Blanc questions his suspects in features a circle of knives with a hole in the middle, resembling a donut. Later on, Blanc compares the mystery of the film to a donut.
The room Benoit Blanc questions his suspects in features a circle of knives with a hole in the middle, resembling a donut. Later on, Blanc compares the mystery of the film to a donut.
1 - In one of hard turn chasing scene the driver is clearly a guy instead of Marta
In one of hard turn chasing scene the driver is clearly a guy instead of Marta
1 - The crew had to modify their lighting equipment in order to get realistic reflections of windows in characters' glasses.
The crew had to modify their lighting equipment in order to get realistic reflections of windows in characters' glasses.
1 - Early in the movie when Harlan is discussing the family with Marta, a knife can be seen in the foreground across his throat as he says the killer's name
Early in the movie when Harlan is discussing the family with Marta, a knife can be seen in the foreground across his throat as he says the killer's name
1 - "Knives Out subtly features art by Matt Mania, Key Grip. We had many closeups of characters with eyeglasses, so he cleverly sculpted mattes to reshape our lighting equipment into scenery you'd realistically expect to see reflected in the glasses"
"Knives Out subtly features art by Matt Mania, Key Grip. We had many closeups of characters with eyeglasses, so he cleverly sculpted mattes to reshape our lighting equipment into scenery you'd realistically expect to see reflected in the glasses"
1 - The Trombey family claims that Harlan's Latina nurse, Marta, is a big part of the family. But they never can remember where she's from. They say "Ecuador", "Paraguay", "Uruguay" and "Brazil". Showing their capacity to lie and make themselves look better than they actually are.
The Trombey family claims that Harlan's Latina nurse, Marta, is a big part of the family. But they never can remember where she's from. They say "Ecuador", "Paraguay", "Uruguay" and "Brazil". Showing their capacity to lie and make themselves look better than they actually are.

The culpability of the person ultimately responsible for Harlan's death, is foreshadowed by a prominent shot of a knife at Harlan's throat the first time he begins to speak of the person.

In "Knives Out" (2019), you can hear the antagonist in the inner mono-dialogue of the protagonist.

Featured lighting equipment that was shaped into realistic scenery mattes to create accurate reflections during closeups with characters wearing glasses.

The knives are arranged in a donut.

1 - The painting of Harlan changes at the end of the film. Harlan's face is sad or expressionless when the family is around. When Marta finally gets the house & inheritance at the end of the film, Harlan's painting now proudly smiles at her
The painting of Harlan changes at the end of the film. Harlan's face is sad or expressionless when the family is around. When Marta finally gets the house & inheritance at the end of the film, Harlan's painting now proudly smiles at her
1 - Harlan talking about Ransom while Marta is injecting the "morphine" that fatal night in Knives Out (2019). This type of detail is just blowing my mind.
Harlan talking about Ransom while Marta is injecting the "morphine" that fatal night in Knives Out (2019). This type of detail is just blowing my mind.
1 - Detective Blanc said that he knew Marta was related to Harlan's death from the first time he met her due to the blood stain on her shoe. In the scene where they first met, he can be seen examining her shoe for a few moments.
Detective Blanc said that he knew Marta was related to Harlan's death from the first time he met her due to the blood stain on her shoe. In the scene where they first met, he can be seen examining her shoe for a few moments.
1 - The crew used miniatures to get realistic reflections of the windows on characters' glasses.
The crew used miniatures to get realistic reflections of the windows on characters' glasses.

Ana de Armas casts as Marta Cabrera who is really the heart of the movie, allowing Johnson to imbue "Knives Out" with some wonderful political commentary.

1 - During the final interrogation scene in Knives Out (2019), the way that Detective Benoit Blanc tucks his tie results in a knife blade appearance
During the final interrogation scene in Knives Out (2019), the way that Detective Benoit Blanc tucks his tie results in a knife blade appearance

In the closing shot of "Knives Out" (2019) after receiving the rights to the Thrombey fortune and mansion, Marta is seen drinking from Harlan Thrombey's "My House, My Rules" mug

: Detective Benoit looks at Marta's shoes when they first meet.

1 - This is the shot of Harlan when he's talking about Ransom while he's getting "the morphine" in his veins. It's the murder weapon going over his throat foreshadowing it all in one shot. I'm losing it over this.
This is the shot of Harlan when he's talking about Ransom while he's getting "the morphine" in his veins. It's the murder weapon going over his throat foreshadowing it all in one shot. I'm losing it over this.
1 - During the will reading scene, Linda Drysdale (Jamie Lee Curtis) tells Detective Elliot played by Keith Stanfield to "get out". This is a reference to the 2017 movie "Get Out" in which Stanfield played Andre Hayworth, a chracter who warns the protagonist to ,,get out".
During the will reading scene, Linda Drysdale (Jamie Lee Curtis) tells Detective Elliot played by Keith Stanfield to "get out". This is a reference to the 2017 movie "Get Out" in which Stanfield played Andre Hayworth, a chracter who warns the protagonist to ,,get out".
1 - Harlan Thrombey tells Ransom that "he can't tell a stage prop from a real knife. At the end of the movie when Ransom tries to stab Marta, he grabs a fake knife from the knife chair.
Harlan Thrombey tells Ransom that "he can't tell a stage prop from a real knife. At the end of the movie when Ransom tries to stab Marta, he grabs a fake knife from the knife chair.
Knives Out poster
Knives Out poster

Knives Out Plot

A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Knives Out. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director Rian Johnson
Production Lionsgate
Stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis
IMDB score 7.9