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Suicide Kings (1997)

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A group of youngsters kidnap a respected Mafia figure.

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Peter O'Fallon

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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

Gross USA:

$1,692,872
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The shot on TV with Heckel and Jeckel in the apartment is actually a snippet from Reservoir Dogs (1992). This is because the director could only use stock from other films owned by Artisan Entertainment. See more »

Goofs

Ira brings brownie mix from Ralphs, a California chain of supermarkets; the movie is set in New York. See more »

Quotes

[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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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 Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Martinis At Eight
Written by Johnny Reno
Performed by Johnny Reno
Courtesy of Menthol Records under license by Justice Music Corporation
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Creepy cool thriller
27 August 1999 | by PeachHamBeachSee all my reviews

It's hard to name a genre for Suicide Kings, so I put it in my beloved category of "twisted thriller". I compare it with movies like Reservoir Dogs, The Usual Suspects, U-Turn, Kalifornia, Wild Things, True Romance and A Simple Plan. Like all of the above, SK was violent, bloody and full of surprising twists. To add to its shadowy charm, it had a psychotic sense of humor. But the most amazing thing about this movie is Christopher Walken's subtly venomous performance, which complements the sharp, individualized performances of the younger cast members. Walken plays Charlie Barrett, a man who is unwittingly "recruited" to help five college-aged rich kids rescue one of their sisters, who has been kidnapped for a $2 million ransom. The five kids: nervous Avery (Henry Thomas), the one whose sis Elise (Laura Harris) is endangered; handsome Max (Sean Patrick Flanery), who is Elise's sweetheart; Brett (Jay Mohr), the one with a hell of an anger problem; aspiring doctor TK (Jeremy Sisto); and ultra-neurotic Ira (Johnny Galecki) whose house becomes a hideout for the kids after they kidnap Barrett. Brett concocts the plan. Max drugs him, TK severs one of his digits, and Charlie is duct-taped to a fancy office chair, hooked up to an IV which is pumping more drugs into him. Meantime, Avery broods nervously over his missing sis and Ira squeals endlessly about the blood TK is getting all over the nice varnished floor. While the boys bicker at each other about how to continue their insanely flawed caper, Barrett regards this group of inexperienced whipper-snappers with a myriad mix of sympathy, amusement and anger. But anger from a man like Charlie Barrett is not to be taken lightly, it is to be feared. Charlie is a man who with one spoken word, could have these five kids murdered and their bodies hidden where no one will ever find them. You know that from the minute you meet him, but the scariest thing about Charlie is his quiet mannerism. This serpent is indeed subtil. He does not shout, he gently whispers hints of warning to the kids that they've made a bad mistake messing with him. He taps into these kids early on, uncovering their dirty little family secrets and their own individual not-so-secret addictions, to drink, to drugs, to gambling. And he uses devices, honed from years of experience in a world these kids know nothing about, to his advantage. He may be physically incapacitated, he may be outnumbered, but he knows the kids are still no match for him. There's no arrogance in this knowledge, and it is truly creepy. It's a battle of wits that kept me on the edge of my seat, gave me the most delicious shivers of perverse anticipation, and it was honestly very hard to know which side to route for. I really love this movie. See it if you haven't. : )~


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