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Suicide Kings (1997)

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A group of youngsters kidnap a respected Mafia figure.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Watson ...
Jay Della ...
Bartender (as Jay Fiondella)
Marcus (as Nathan Dana)
James Peter 'JP' O'Fallon Jr. ...
Kid #1
Nicholas Huttloff ...
Kid #2
Trent Bross ...
Maitre D'


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jogo Suicida  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The shot on TV with Heckel and Jeckel in the apartment is actually a snippet from Reservoir Dogs (1992). This is because the director could only use stock from other films owned by Artisan Entertainment. See more »


In the casino scene, one of the characters talks about going over to the sports book. There is no sports betting in New Jersey casinos. See more »


Lono Veccio: [after hitting Jennifer's father with her toaster] Sorry about the toaster.
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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 »


References The Graduate (1967) See more »


Written by Frankie Blue, Cinjun Tate
Performed by Frankie Blue, Cinjun Tate
Cinjun Tate appears courtesy of Geffen Records
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Crimes, corruption, intrigue and comedy
6 February 2011 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The "Suicide Kings" believe that when one crime is committed, the best way to solve it is to commit a couple more crimes. This sets up the dark comedy execution. It begins with crimes, corruption and enough intrigue to keep moving forward.

Christopher Walken is Charlie, the mob boss with connections, a shady past and even shadier make-up. Avery (Henry Thomas)'s sister is kidnapped, and then Avery, Max (Sean Patrick Flannery) and Brett (Jay Mohr) kidnap Charlie with the help of aspiring doctor T.K. (Jeremy Sisto). Ira (Johnny Galecki) unfortunately knows none of these goings-ons even though they decided to use his father's house. They are all smart and privileged, but also blindly stubborn and confident. Taking place almost entirely in one house and one bloody night, everything is put in question.

As the characters develop with the plot, they start learning more about themselves just as we do, and there is a surprising amount of thought and introspection to the "Suicide Kings". It is a crime drama thriller with a liberal use of dark comedy and just so well written that I can't even fault it for being mostly male-driven.

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