6.9/10
25,728
162 user 44 critic

Suicide Kings (1997)

Trailer
1:52 | Trailer
A group of youngsters kidnap a respected Mafia figure.

Director:

Peter O'Fallon

Writers:

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

Videos

Photos

Edit

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'
Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Five different criminals face imminent death after botching a job quite badly.

Director: Gary Fleder
Stars: Andy Garcia, Christopher Walken, Christopher Lloyd
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A drug kingpin is released from prison and seeks to take total control of the criminal underworld in order to give back to the community.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A talented pool hustler who has stayed out of the game for years, must go back to his old ways when his little brother gets involved with his enemy, the very man who held him back from greatness.

Director: Mars Callahan
Stars: Mars Callahan, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Rosenbaum
The Ref (1994)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve.

Director: Ted Demme
Stars: Denis Leary, Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey
The Prophecy (1995)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The angel Gabriel comes to Earth to collect a soul which will end the stalemated war in Heaven, and only a former priest turned in cop, a teacher and a little girl can stop him.

Director: Gregory Widen
Stars: Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A drifting gunslinger-for-hire finds himself in the middle of an ongoing war between the Irish and Italian mafia in a Prohibition era ghost town.

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Bruce Willis, Bruce Dern, William Sanderson
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In 1978 Pennsylvania, an absentee father is reacquainted with his estranged teenage sons who become intrigued with his romanticized life of crime.

Director: James Foley
Stars: Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Mary Stuart Masterson
Suicide Kids (2017)
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Reeling from his best friend's suicide, Malcolm struggles to let go of his trauma and move forward with his life.

Director: Christopher Smith
Stars: Ian Bell, Ira Berkowitz, Amanda Broomell
The Funeral (1996)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After the funeral of one of their own, a criminal family decides to embark on an emotionally unnerving journey in an attempt to exact bloody revenge.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Christopher Walken, Chris Penn, Annabella Sciorra
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

An American journalist is set up and fed false information after the Lebanon war.

Director: Nathaniel Gutman
Stars: Christopher Walken, Hywel Bennett, Marita Marschall
Nick of Time (1995)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An unimpressive, everyday man is forced into a situation where he is told to kill a politician to save his kidnapped daughter.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Johnny Depp, Christopher Walken, Courtney Chase
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A struggling auto mechanic with a criminal past agrees to one last heist to pay off his debts.

Director: Myles Connell
Stars: Christopher Walken, Peter McDonald, Anne Pitoniak
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Brett Campbell: [as they argue over who will help Charlie take a piss] All right. Since I'm in charge, fuck it, Max, you do it.
Max Minot: Fuck that, I'm not doing it. Avery, you can do it.
Avery Chasten: No, I'm not doing it.
Charlie Barret: Guys, It's my dick, I pick.
See more »

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

Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: Let Me Go! (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Grandma's Hands
Written by Bill Withers
Performed by Bill Withers
Courtesy of Columbia Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
See more »

User Reviews

 
Excellent acting, mediocre film
13 November 2012 | by itamarscomixSee all my reviews

The premise of Suicide Kings - four young and privileged men kidnap a retired mob boss played by Christopher Walken - is appealing. So much so that it makes me wish it made for a better film.

Suicide Kings tries to be a psychological thriller focusing on mental cat-and-mouse games between the mobsters and his kidnappers, and the actors are good enough to pull it off - in fact, they're good enough to make you think that there's any psychological depth to the film, when really there's none. Walken and the talented young cast - Denis Leary, Jay Mohr, Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints), Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) and Henry Thomas (E.T's Elliot all grown up) - all deliver their lines with so much passion and conviction that you almost don't notice how messy and shallow the script really is.

This fine group of actors - and Walken's wildly charismatic performance most of all, from an actor so powerful he can dominate the film while being tied to a chair for all but a few minutes of it - is more than enough to make the film entertaining, even very enjoyable. The weak script, which deteriorates into cheap twists and conspiracies towards the end - makes it entirely forgettable. A quick comparison to Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave is a testament to how much more comfortable the British are with theatrical minimalism. With a great director and a great script, Suicide Kings could have been something wonderful. As it is, it's good enough for one pleasurable watch, but leaves no mark and no impression.


6 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 162 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1998 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Suicide Kings See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$558,081, 19 April 1998

Gross USA:

$1,740,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,740,156
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed