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The Suicide Club (2000)

R | | Drama | January 2000 (USA)
A man joins a secret club for those who are seeking to end their lives, only to rediscover his will to live upon meeting the club's only female member.

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Bourne
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Henry Joyce
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Sarah Wolverton
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Captain May
Terry McMahon ...
Pratt
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Clayton
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Thorpe
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Ger Considine ...
Rude Gent (as Ger Consodine)
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London 1899 - Devastated by the loss of his beloved wife, Captain Henry Joyce joins the highly secretive Suicide Club, a place where one can be ushered into eternity quietly, and without scandal. This highly secret society caters to an elite, decadent group of aristocrats. It is run by Mr. Bourne, who provides his clientèle with whatever last vices they desire. Membership in the Suicide Club is an irrevocable contract with only one exit clause - death. However, Captain Joyce begins to regret his decision after he meets Sarah Wolverton, the Club's only female member. Written by Concorde-New Horizons

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Rated R for violence
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This is a Corman film?
23 May 2001 | by (Fort Worth, TX) – See all my reviews

While not a complete departure from Corman's usual fare, this story-driven little film is a far cry from the usual shlocky monster breast-fests.

The story itself is compelling. It's the story of a man who no longer wants to live but can't get up the nerve to kill himself. Through a chance encounter, he discovers the Suicide Club, a group of people who play a "Russian Roulette" of sorts with an interesting wrinkle --whoever draws the ace of spades gets to die, but whoever draws the ace of clubs must be the killer. The protagonist thinks this is the solution to his problems until he meets a female member and rediscovers his will to live. Despite occasionally slow pacing, the story is compelling enough to keep you drawn in.

The plot and characters are based on Robert Louis Stevenson's short stories and, while the film does play a bit loosely with the plot, it's understandable given that Stevenson's stories were fairly disconnected and very short. It'd be difficult to make a completely faithful version. Thankfully, the movie manages to keep Stevenson's best scenes.

The budget is small, and it shows in places, but the movie makes up for it with a couple of outstanding performances. Notable is Jonathan Pryce who is charmingly sinister as the president of the club.

In short, this is a nice surprise from the Corman camp.


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