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Suicide Kings (1997)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Mystery  |  17 April 1998 (USA)
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A group of youngsters kidnap a respected Mafia figure.

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Trent Bross ...
Maitre D'
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Storyline

Ex-mob boss Christopher Walken is kidnapped by a group of four kids in a haphazard attempt at paying the ransom for another, separate kidnapping. Complexities arise as the group cannot seem to do anything right. Written by Wells Oliver <s0ewoliv@titan.vcu.edu>

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Their plan was perfect... they weren't.


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Rated R for strong violence and language, and for some nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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17 April 1998 (USA)  »

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Kraljevi samoubistva  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$558,081 (USA) (17 April 1998)

Gross:

$1,692,872 (USA) (10 July 1998)
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Trivia

Several different endings were filmed for this movie. The one seen in theaters is the one that tested the best. The others were included as special features on the DVD. See more »

Goofs

Near the end Brett is pointing the gun at Avery, when he walks away Brett puts the gun on the table in front of him and sits on the couch, in the next shot up close Brett has the gun in his hand again. See more »

Quotes

Ira Reder: Hey-hey, big time, how ya doin?
Max Minot: Good.
Ira Reder: Listen, ahh, there's been a new wrinkle.
Max Minot: What?
Ira Reder: But first you gotta promise me, PROMISE ME, you're not going to tell anybody.
Max Minot: Ira, what are you talking about?
Ira Reder: Look, just promise me first.
Max Minot: Fuck off, Ira.
Ira Reder: Okay, good enough.
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Crazy Credits

The credits run like scratched up film is going through a projector (similar to the beginning of the film). The movie ends/post credits with this scratched film burning up and melting. See more »

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Gun
Written by Baldur Stefansson, Daniel Agust Haraldsson (as Daniel Agust Haraldson),
Birgir Thorarinsson, Magnus Jonsson, Magnus Gudmundsson, Hafdís Þrastardóttir Huld (as Hafdis Huld Thrastarsottir),
, Stefán Árni Þorgeirsson (as Stefan Arni Thorgeirsson), Sigurður Kjartansson (as Sigurdur Kjartansson),
, Stephan Stephensen.
Performed by Gus Gus
Courtesy of 4AD by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Kidnap Yarn Done Very Well
30 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

Kidnap films have been made for decades. (Check out Ransom for a typical example.) In a way Suicide Kings starts out like a low budget "B" movie of the 40's and 50's. The beginning is obvious and a bit overly dramatic. But this is when Suicide Kings began to surprise me.

Christopher Walken in an amazing performance shows that an actor can be the center of a film while sitting down for almost an hour. Also, this movie pulls no punches in showing organized crime/mob violence. Yet, the vigilante college kidnapers are shown in such a harsh manner that after a while you begin to root for the mobsters over the ivy league losers. It's an amazing turn around.

On top of this there is some wicked humor in the film not unlike Goodfellas. Denis Leary as he was in the Ref is great as the abusive and befuddled thug.

What was very satisfying was that the ending was just right. Finally a movie that does not have a ridiculous happy ending tacked on to it. Suicide Kings is brutal in its logic but the story makes sense from start to finish. Despite its low budget and its routine beginning, this is a very good film.


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