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Suicide Kings -- Avery is desperate: his sister has been kidnapped and ransomed for $2,000,000, and his father doesn't have the cash. So Avery and his buddies concoct a bold, semi-suicidal scheme: abduct retired mob boss Charlie Bartolucci (Walken), and force him to help find the girl.
Suicide Kings -- A group of youngsters kidnap a respected Mafia figure.


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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Mark Watson ... Doorman

Christopher Walken ... Carlo Bartolucci / Charlie Barret

Denis Leary ... Lono Veccio

Nina Siemaszko ... Jennifer
Jay Della ... Bartender (as Jay Fiondella)

Henry Thomas ... Avery Chasten

Sean Patrick Flanery ... Max Minot

Nathan Dana Aldrich ... Marcus (as Nathan Dana)

Jay Mohr ... Brett Cambell

Jeremy Sisto ... T. K.

Frank Medrano ... Heckle

Brad Garrett ... Jeckyll
James Peter 'JP' O'Fallon Jr. ... Kid #1
Nicholas Huttloff ... Kid #2
Trent Bross ... Maitre D'

Cliff De Young ... Marty (as Cliff DeYoung)
Lisanne Falk ... Marty's Wife

Johnny Galecki ... Ira Reder

Louis Lombardi ... Mickey
Barry Del Sherman ... Window Washer (as Barry Sherman)

Lenny Citrano ... Barrio Bennie

Laura Harris ... Elise Chasten
Spike Silver ... Masked Man #1

Corey Michael Eubanks ... Masked Man #2 (as Corey Eubanks)

Kevin Crowley ... Security Guard

Laura San Giacomo ... Lydia
Joseph Cali ... Nick The Nose
Joseph Whipp ... Harry

Sean Whalen ... Widowmaker
Karen Rosin ... Emergency Room Nurse
Bryan Swerling ... Doctor

Will Klipstine ... Protesting Orderly
Kandy Gillen ... Nightclub Dancer
Dianne Snell ... Nightclub Dancer
Ellie Ribera ... Nightclub Dancer
Kristi McAfee ... Nightclub Dancer
Angela Ayers ... Nightclub Dancer
Monique D. McCarthy ... Nightclub Dancer (as Monique McCarthy)
Jennifer Ayers ... Nightclub Dancer
Natashia Yule ... Nightclub Dancer

Directed by
Peter O'Fallon 
Writing credits
Josh McKinney (screenplay) and
Gina Goldman (screenplay) &
Wayne Allan Rice (screenplay) (as Wayne Rice)

Don Stanford (short story "The Hostage")

Produced by
Charles A. Chiara .... associate producer
Stephen Drimmer .... executive producer
Morrie Eisenman .... producer
Russell D. Markowitz .... line producer: additional photography (as Russ Markowitz)
Adam Mills .... associate producer
Rick Mischel .... co-executive producer
Patrick Peach .... co-producer
Wayne Allan Rice .... producer (as Wayne Rice)
Original Music by
Graeme Revell 
Cinematography by
Christopher Baffa (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Chris Peppe 
Casting by
Wendy Kurtzman 
Roger Mussenden 
Production Design by
Clark Hunter 
Art Direction by
Max Biscoe 
Set Decoration by
Ken Kaufman (set decoration)
Traci Kirshbaum 
Costume Design by
Genevieve Tyrrell 
Makeup Department
Gloria Pasqua Casny .... key hair stylist
Linda Castillo .... hair stylist: Mr. Walken (as Linda C. Castillo)
Linda Castillo .... makeup artist: Mr. Walken (as Linda C. Castillo)
Eva Marie Denst .... co-key makeup artist
Hilleri Fitting .... hair assistant: additional photography
Hilleri Fitting .... makeup assistant: additional photography
Anthea Grutsis .... hair stylist (as Anthea J. Grutsis)
Sari Lietzman .... key makeup: additional photography
Pamela Roth .... key makeup artist
Trina Young .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Bryan Ellenburg .... post-production supervisor
Kathleen Laychak .... executive in charge of production (as Kathleen 'CJ' Laychak)
Frank Salvino .... post-production supervisor
Leigh Shanta .... unit production manager (as Elizabeth Leigh Shanta)
John E. Vohlers .... unit production manager: additional photography (as John Vohlers)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kelly Cantley .... first assistant director
Kelly Cantley .... first assistant director: second unit
Kelly Cantley .... second assistant director
Alan Brent Connell .... first assistant director
Christian P. Della Penna .... first assistant director
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... second unit director
Joth Riggs .... dga trainee
Amy Schmidt .... second assistant director: additional photography
John E. Vohlers .... first assistant director: additional photography (as John Vohlers)
Diana E. Williams .... second assistant director: second unit (as Diana Elizabeth Williams)
Art Department
Jacob Alsbrook .... leadman
Joe Arnold .... property master (as Joe 'The Creep' Arnold)
Traci Kirshbaum .... set decorator: additional photography
Charles Righetti .... set dresser
Tennille C. Ruth .... art department production assistant (as Tennille Ruth)
Valentine Torres .... on-set dresser (as Valentine 'Tino' Torres)
Brian Walsh .... swing gang
Lily Zuleta .... assistant prop master
Sound Department
Erik Blank .... sound effects editor
Scott Brewster .... adr editor
Shane Bruce .... foley artist
Zane D. Bruce .... foley artist (as Zane Bruce)
Maxim Carl .... adr mixer
Tom Davis .... foley mixer
Eric Enroth .... production sound mixer
Gary Friedman .... dialogue editor
Madeleine Garai .... post sound coordinator
Gary Gegan .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary Geegan)
Tony Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Lionel Luna .... boom operator (as Lionel S. Luna)
Ken McLaughlin .... sound mixer: additional photography
Patrick Orsbun .... boom operator: additional photography
Clive Taylor .... sound designer
Clive Taylor .... sound supervisor
Lydian Tone .... sound effects editor
Daniel Tripoli .... dialogue editor (as Dan Tripoli)
Heath Weaver .... sound coordinator
Brian Williams .... sound designer
James Wright .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Jim Wright)
Scott Brewster .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Scott Brewster .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Michael L. Hicks .... adr editor (uncredited)
Allen Hurd .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John C. Hartigan .... special effects coordinator (as John Hartigan)
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical effects compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Bob Bralver .... stunt performer
Eddie Braun .... stunt performer
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunt performer (as Corey Eubanks)
Brent Fletcher .... stunt driver
Chuck Hicks .... stunt performer
Steve Holladay .... stunt performer
Brett A. Jones .... stunt performer (as Brett Jones)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Rob King .... stunt performer
Kim Robert Koscki .... stunt performer (as Kim Koscki)
Dennis Madalone .... stunt performer
Buck McDancer .... stunt performer
Spike Silver .... assistant stunt coordinator
Jeff Smolek .... stunt performer
Merritt Yohnka .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Alberto Alonso .... electrician
Dan Ayers .... Steadicam operator (as Don Ayers)
Dan Ayers .... camera operator: "a" camera
David Azzoto .... provider: grip/electric equipment, Leonetti Company
David A. Barbush .... dolly grip: additional photography (as David Barbush)
Andrew Barczewski .... dolly grip (as Andrez Barczewski)
Star Barry .... electrician (as Star 'Is This Hot' Barry)
Precy C. Betiong .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Steve Brewer .... grip (as Steven Brewer)
Brent Bye .... electrician
Sean Casey .... electrician
Brett Cody .... video coordinator
Mike Conforti .... grip: additional photography
Trinity L. Corn .... grip
Kiely Cronin .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as William Kiely Cronin)
D.R. Curtis .... set lighting technician (as Dr. Curtis)
Shomari Davis .... electrician
Scott Del Amo .... still photographer
Rick Ellis .... grip (as Richard Ellis)
Wendy Finn .... second assistant camera: second unit
Pat Flynn .... best boy grip: additional photography (as Patrick S. Flynn)
Pat Flynn .... grip (as Patrick S. Flynn)
Sean D. Flynn .... grip
Tony Gavin .... best boy grip (as Anthony M. Gavin)
Michael Gearhart .... grip (as Michael S. Gearhart)
Max Gerson .... grip
Doug Glover .... second assistant camera: additional photography (as Douglas Glover)
Peter Goldman .... camera loader
Daniel H. Goldstein .... best boy electric
Carlos González .... camera operator: second unit (as Carlos Gonzalez)
Chris Guerrero .... electrician: additional photography (as Christopher Guerrero)
Bryce H. Haasarud .... grip (as Bryce A. Haasarad)
Zoli Hajdu .... grip (as Zoli [Sid] Hajdu)
Douglas S. Holgate .... camera operator: Wescam, additional photography (as Doug Holgate)
Norman H. Huelsmeier .... grip
Rodney James .... electrician
Simon Jarvis .... second assistant camera: second unit
Tuxedo Jay .... electrician
Scott Johnston .... first assistant camera (as Scott 'Scojoe' Johnston)
Courtney G. Jones .... best boy (as Courtney Jones)
Mike Karasick .... gaffer (as Michael I. Karasick)
Karen Korn .... second assistant camera: second unit
Mikel Lancaster .... grip
John Linares .... electrician
Andre Devon Magone .... grip
Kate Murphy .... camera intern (as Katie Murphy)
Rob Nelson .... 24 frame operator
Terry Newport .... dolly grip (as Terry P. Newport)
David 'Ez' Nielsen .... grip (as David Nielsen)
Barry Norwood .... first assistant camera: second unit
Jon Olboter .... crane technician: Technocrane
Vince Palomino .... key grip (as Vincent M. Palomino)
John Pender .... crane technician: Technocrane
Jason Popieniuck .... best boy electric: additional photography (as Jason M. Popieniuk)
Brooks Robinson .... Steadicam operator
Mikil Lee Rullman .... second assistant camera
Paul Saylor .... electrician
John Scott .... first assistant camera: additional photography
Christian Sebaldt .... director of photography: second unit
Cesar Toledo .... electrician
Vance Trussell .... gaffer: second unit (as P. Vance Trussell)
Dan E. Walker .... lamp operator: hi-lite (as Dan E. Walken)
Dave Wilkins .... electrician (as David Wilkins)
Darren Michaels .... additional still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Mindy Johnson .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Grundman .... set costumer (as Molly Elizabeth Grundman)
Heidi Higginbotham .... set costumer: additional photography
Beth Chandra Salen .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Elaine C. Andrianos .... first assistant editor
Stacey S. Clipp .... second assistant editor
Lorinda Donovan .... assistant editor
Beau J. Genot .... post-production consultant
Greg Johnson .... assistant editor
Robert J. Lemos .... assistant editor
Mike Mertens .... color timer
Music Department
Slamm Andrews .... music mixer
Marc Bonilla .... composer: additional music
Joe Chicarelli .... music supervisor
Aaron Jacoves .... music supervisor
Simon James .... contractor
John Katovsich .... music coordinator
Ann Kline .... additional music supervisor: Tri-Tone Music
Steve Pross .... music supervisor
Ashley Revell .... music editor
Graeme Revell .... score producer
Tim Simonec .... composer: additional music
Tim Simonec .... conductor
Tim Simonec .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... music engineer
Dan Wallin .... music mixer
Brian Williams .... production assistant: Graeme Revell
Marc Bonilla .... musician: electric guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Matthew Ballard .... transportation captain
William Braun .... driver (as William F. Braun)
Tafi Chihota .... driver
David T. Chong .... driver: production van
John Cowan .... driver (as John E. Cowan)
Wayne Flowers Jr. .... driver: honeywagon (as Wayne D. Flowers Jr.)
Darren Giarrusso .... driver: insert car
Guy J. Graves .... transportation coordinator
Troy Haddock .... driver: additional photography
Steve Howard .... driver: additional photography
Melanie Neat .... driver (as Melanie C. Neat)
Mike Painter .... transportation coordinator: additional photography
Paul Tumber .... driver: additional photography
James Wakeman .... transportation captain: additional photography (as James A. Wakeman)
Michael D. Watson .... driver
Gaston Wurth .... driver
Tobi Wurth .... driver
Other crew
Joe Abele .... set production assistant
John Steven Agoglia .... location manager (as John S. Agoglia)
Maxine Arbarbara .... studio teacher (as Maxine Abarbara [Skwat])
G. Andrew Bangs .... production assistant
Lynell Bangs .... accountant
Rob Bloch .... manager: Critters Of The Cinema
Charmaine Boos .... studio teacher (as Charmaine A. Boos)
Christine Botvinick .... assistant: Mr. Walken (as Christine Elise Gauld)
Paul Candice .... craft service
Charles A. Chiara .... production coordinator
Bret J. Cococcia .... production intern (as Bret Cococcia)
Cynthia R. Coulter .... animal trainer
Susannah Cranage .... set production assistant
Laurette Dobson .... script supervisor (as Laurette 'Tita' Dobson)
Andrew Doucette .... title designer
Ilko J. Drozdoski .... production assistant (as Ilko Joseph Drozdoski)
Keith England .... production assistant
Brad Englund .... production assistant (as Bradley E. Englund)
Claudia Erek .... production intern
Russ Fega .... adr loop group
Rick Firkins .... craft service: additional photography
Betsy Fuhr .... post-production accountant
Janice Gantenbein .... animal trainer
Joey Gaynor .... production assistant
Jennifer Gilbert .... assistant: Mr. Eisenman
Stephanie Gross .... assistant: Mr. Rice
Marianne E. Halter .... assistant location manager (as Marianne Halter)
Marina Hamaoui .... production assistant: additional photography
Steve Hanna .... first aid
Linda Hoag .... medical technical advisor
Charlie Jakab .... production assistant
Wendy Kutzner .... co-production coordinator (as Wendy J. Kutzner)
Ed Labowitz .... production legal services (as Edward Labowitz Esq.)
Elisabeth Landon .... electronic press kit
Sierra Ann Lovitz .... office production assistant: additional photography
Gary Maki .... craft service (as Gary L. Maki)
Cynthia H. Margulis .... location manager
Chantal Marie .... production assistant
Karri Mayo .... studio teacher
James Mcnulty .... production assistant
Mona Metwalli .... production legal services (as Mona Metwalli Esq.)
Scott Meyer .... assistant production coordinator (as Scott M. Meyer)
Kevin Milligan .... set production assistant: additional photography
Anthony Montgomery .... production assistant
Nicole Morales .... production assistant: additional photography (as Nicole Rodionoff)
T. Adam Moyer .... production assistant (as Adam Moyer)
Masasa Moyo .... assistant: Mr. O'Fallon, additional photography
Conrad L. Ricketts .... location manager: additional photography
Tom Sellitti .... assistant: Mr. Leary
G. Sessions .... production assistant (as Gwen Sessions)
Mary Anne Seward .... script supervisor: second unit
Gary Shapiro .... office production assistant: additional photography
Josh J. Sheridan .... set production assistant
Sabrina Sipantzi Ballard .... production coordinator: additional photography (as Sabrina Sipantzi)
Todd P. Smith .... production representative
Bill Sweeney .... assistant production coordinator: additional photography
Bryan Swerling .... assistant: Mr. Peach (as Brian Swerling)
David Theriault .... assistant: Mr. Peach
Russell Thomas .... production assistant
Karen Sue Thomas-Kolakowski .... animal trainer
William Thompson .... personal fitness trainer
Sara E. Tower .... assistant accountant
E. Scott Tremblay .... office production assistant: additional photography
E. Scott Tremblay .... production assistant
Michael Vogler .... accountant: additional photography
Loretta Walsh .... assistant: Mr. O'Fallon
Craig Wexler .... medic: additional photography
Licia Wolf .... script supervisor: additional photography
Judy Sharinger .... credits consultant (uncredited)
Roger Burlage .... special thanks
Stewart Kleiner .... special thanks
Rob Lee .... special thanks
Steve Mangel .... special thanks
Nigel Pearson .... special thanks
Elliott Slutzky .... special thanks

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Rated R for strong violence and language, and for some nudity and drug use
106 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Canada:18A (Alberta) | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:-12 | Germany:16 (video premiere) | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Singapore:M18 (cut) | South Korea:18 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #35488)

Did You Know?

Christopher Walken appeared in The Dead Zone (1983). His role therein was frequently parodied by Jay Mohr on "Saturday Night Live" (1975). Cast member Sean Patrick Flanery appeared in the television series 'The Dead Zone (2002)(TV)'.See more »
Continuity: When the boys are about to get hit by the truck, the view through the window behind them shows the car is moving when it car is supposed to be still.See more »
[after "correcting" a story about him told by Brett]
Charlie Barret:Everything your pal Brett said is true. Except he left out one detail. Those dogs... that was not steak they were eating.
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22 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable but a bit too twisty for it's own good, 1 September 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

When the sister of one young man is kidnapped while she is out on a date with another young man, the group of friends kidnap an ex-mobster to make use of his contacts and his money to help get her back in one piece. However the longer they keep Bartolucci the closer his right hand man Veccio gets to finding them and the more the friends realise that the kidnapping plot may be more complex than first thought.

Attracted to this film by the presence of Walken playing the role he does best – some sort of mobster – I wasn't really sure what to expect. The overly stylised opening credits and the initially confusing mix of flashbacks within flashbacks to set the story were quite distracting however soon settled down into a more straightforward plot. This plot holds the interest due to the confined situation in which most of the action occurs and is quite involving. The first few twists are well handled but it starts to put the film into a spin from which it doesn't recover, as more twists mount up and become increasingly alienating and contrived. At the end I didn't feel any involvement or surprise by the twists whereas I had sat up and paid attention to the first few.

The film is quite comic at places and this makes it feel like a more enjoyable piece than it would have if it had just been played straight. However this comic touch doesn't take away from the fact that the film is really a thriller of sorts. The cast is roundly good, without anyone of the main group really stealing the show. Walken does his role in his sleep but is still effective – his transformation as he gains confidence during the film is well put across. The young group of actors playing the friends are all pretty good although the `where have I seen him before factor' was a little distracting (6 Feet Under, Roseanne etc). However it is the (wisely expanded) character played by Leary that really is the one that I kept looking forward to seeing. His character almost feels like he is in a movie of his own which is a distraction, but means his scenes are all very enjoyable. His dialogue is knowingly cool and his character is comically overblown to good effect. The film truly benefits from having him in the role.

Overall this film wants to be cooler and better than it really is, the end result of which is a spiral of twists which become increasingly uncontrolled and uninvolving. It is enjoyable enough to watch and the use of one main set helps to add to the tension of the story, however once the twists come they don't stop which sadly leads to them becoming increasingly less effective. Worth a watch but subject to the law of diminishing returns in terms of plotting.

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