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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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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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:

Kraljevi samoubistva  »

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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During the director's audio commentary, Peter O'Fallon and Wayne Allan Rice recall the creation of the song for the flashback scene in Max's mustang with Elise, which was "? written for the movie, due to budget constraints". They refer to the band as "? a guy named Frankie Blue, and no you can't buy the record because they decided not to do a record deal". The song is actually "Shattered" by Remy Zero, who have been together for 14 years and have released multiple albums. See more »


When Heckle and Jekyll are making the deal with the mystery person, the big balloon in the background says on it "Mountasia Family Fun Center" which is in Valencia /Santa Clarita California, not New York. See more »


Ira Reder: [as Brett picks up the phone to dial] It will show up on my old man's bill.
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Ira Reder: He will know we were here!
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Ira Reder: It's an aniversary present!
Brett Campbell: Good, fag. Pick it up.
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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 Godfather (1972) See more »


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18 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie exemplifies the praise a movie gets by virtue of the plethora of outstanding acting talent it possesses!! Christopher Walken could have coasted on his credentials in the elitist Hollywood venue after his performance in "Deer Hunter" but, he decided not do that!! He combines psychotic reasoning with deliberate hostility, you the movie viewer may take your pick as to what you prefer!! Either way, he is sensational in every movie he stars in !!! Denis Leary (The former Cop) always seems to make his point very clearly with a gun and/or a lethal object!! Jay Mohr has a flippant demeanor towards his roles no matter how serious these roles are!! This acting mode of his makes him very effective!! He is wonderful at engaging in degrading condescension and intellectual obviation of anyone he perceives as his adversary!!!Anything that has to be accomplished in a role, Jay Mohr seems to carry it off and flawlessly!! The list of all other actors in this movie merely epitomizes the superb acting talent in "Suicide Kings"..Very few films exude such acting ability!!

The movie starts out with an amateurishly orchestrated kidnapping attempt which is used as a defense strategy to abort another kidnapping!! It is a proverbial case of the adolescent's version of an eye for an eye!! This convoluted logic serves as a dementedly lingering discontentment for a bunch of educated pipsqueaks!! The bottom line on this whole charade is that there is little or no organization for the expedition of this particular kidnapping!! Mutilation of Christopher Walken's finger serve as a cry for attention!! It really does not work, of course, this is the movies, not real life!! The intensity of emotions in this film makes everything cohesive in terms of what depraved mixes of irrationality prevail in these affluent derelict's lives!!

I thought the acting was fantastic in this film, and it was a simple plot outline of age and experience winning out over precocious recreation with criminal chicanery!! Everything was an argument..there were more issues out there besides a kidnapping!!! Criminal doubts and insecurities are always depicted in movies like these, just not so succinctly!! This movie illustrates how ideological disagreement with a prevailing situation does not sufficiently justify engaging in a felony!! I thought this film was excellent!!!

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