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Suicide Kings (1997)

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A group of youngsters kidnap a respected Mafia figure.

Director:

Peter O'Fallon

Writers:

Josh McKinney (screenplay), Gina Goldman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Watson Mark Watson ... Doorman
Christopher Walken ... Carlo Bartolucci / Charlie Barret
Denis Leary ... Lono Veccio
Nina Siemaszko ... Jennifer
Jay Della 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. James Peter 'JP' O'Fallon Jr. ... Kid #1
Nicholas Huttloff Nicholas Huttloff ... Kid #2
Trent Bross 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.


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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asi in suicid See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$558,081, 19 April 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,692,872, 12 July 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

With the exception of the "Mickey Mantle" speech, Denis Leary improvised all of his dialogue. See more »

Goofs

After the power goes out the first time the microwave clock is still going. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Barret: Well, I'm wondering, how come a day and a half ago Max can't navigate his way around Harlem with a Sherpa guide, but tonight he knows the place like his backyard?
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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 »

Connections

References Sudden Impact (1983) 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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Slick, entertaining thriller with fine cast
13 July 2003 | by MovieLuvaMattSee all my reviews

"Suicide Kings" is an often enjoyable and compelling film, despite a few plot holes due to some twists at the end that the writers desperately threw in to surprise the audience, but didn't take the time to reflect on whether they made perfect sense or not. Nevertheless, it's a fun ride all the way through. The characters are all interesting, in their own way. People have referred to the Ira character as annoying and obnoxious, but he's also the character I most relate to. You'll never catch me throwing a party in my house when my parents are gone, because I'm incredibly paranoid about people wrecking the place and I can imagine how paranoid I'd be in Ira's situation with his friends keeping a gangster with his finger cut off captive in my parents' living room. The actors all do splendid jobs, and have a natural chemistry. As for Christopher Walken, when does he not please? He's one of the most intense, engaging, brilliant actors of all time and that's that! Once Walken's on screen, the dynamic completely changes for the better, whether it be a movie of this quality or one of the "Prophecy" sequels. Denis Leary is hilarious as Walken's right hand man whose running gag is the fact that he wears boots made from stingrays. People keep referring to them as "fish boots." He plays the same irritable, pugnacious, f-word-spewing character as in 90 percent of his work, but who cares? Some actors are so good at playing one character that they get away with it no matter how many times it's reprised. Leary is one of those actors. His talents mainly lie in stand-up comedy, so his range isn't that broad. But Leary's good at playing Leary, or an extension of himself, and I'd much rather see him in that role than as, say, a sensitive romantic lead. I loved watching him beat the guy up with a toaster and the other one with a golf club. I love to see Leary do stuff like that. Jay Mohr, a fellow stand-up comedian, is also good mainly at playing that particular role and that's what he does in this movie. Not a big stretch for him either, but it's what he's good at. It was also cool to see "Everybody Loves Raymond's" Brad Garrett in a more serious role, and using language he can't use on TV. The whole film is basically filled with 4-letter words, but it fits the testosterone-filled tone, being that the cast is predominantly male. There is as much excitement as there is dark humor. Director Peter O'Fallon balances those elements nicely. And I loved the theme song over the credit sequence. For some reason, it's still pounding in my head.

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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