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Suicide Kings (1998)

Christopher Walken , Denis Leary , Peter O'Fallon  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Walken, Denis Leary, Sean Patrick Flanery, Mark Watson, Nina Siemaszko
  • Directors: Peter O'Fallon
  • Writers: Don Stanford, Gina Goldman, Josh McKinney, Wayne Allan Rice
  • Producers: Adam Mills, Charles A. Chiara, Morrie Eisenman
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0784011516
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,639 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Suicide Kings" on IMDb

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  • Two alternate endings with director's commentary
  • Movie/storyboard comparison
  • One multi-angle scene

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Suicide Kings

Here's another gritty independent film that tries to invade Tarantino territory by casting Christopher Walken--that most reliable of indie-film actors--as a Mobster who gets chummy with a group of preppie-like young men and becomes the victim of a kidnapping scheme. One of the kidnappers (Henry Thomas) has a sister who's been abducted by another group of kidnappers, and they've bagged Walken for his Mob connections and negotiating power. What follows is a game of psychological strategy in which the desperate group of guys slowly lose their advantage to the smarter, more experienced gangster--even though they've got Walken tied to a chair. The situation turns volatile when the young men start to doubt the wisdom of their strategy and suspect betrayal within the group, and Suicide Kings turns into a talky, repetitious thriller only partially redeemed by Denis Leary's cagey role as Walken's Mob lieutenant. The movie's a showcase for its cast of rising talent (including Jay Mohr, Jeremy Sisto, Johnny Galecki, and Sean Patrick Flanery), but not even Walken can hold it all together. What's best about the film is Leary's sinister presence in a peripheral role and Walken's trademark villainy, here toned down to a steady, simmering menace. --Jeff Shannon

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Overall Excellent Film October 30, 2005
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Looking for a mob movie that doesn't star Robert DeNiro or Al Pacino? Neither am I, but, hey, sometimes you need a little variety in your repetoir, right? Suicide Kings is, in my opinion, this variety. Starring Christopher Walken and backed-up by Dennis Leary and a cast of up-and-comers, Suicide Kings succeeds remarkably at creating a dark and twisted tail of revenge, betrayal and getting in over your head.

Walken plays Carlo Bartolucci (also known in the movie as Charlie Barret), a mob boss recently returned from prison and having a night out on the town. During this he is joined by a group of college-aged kids also seemingly celebrating. As the night continues, these youngsters kidnap him.

After a few turns the kids motives are revealed: They're going to use Charlie's ransom money to pay off ANOTHER ransom, that of one of the kidnapper's girlfriends. What follows is a beautifully political example of Stockholm's Psychology as Walken's mob boss systematically turns each of the conspirator's against the other, all the while contacting his right-hand man, played by the fabulously energetic Dennis Leary.

Though this picture has many strong points, including a great plot, excellent scripting and superb acting, it has a few flaws that warrant a four-star rating rather than a five-star, in my opinion. First is the pacing. At times, the movie drags in places where it seems as if the writer wasn't sure what to do next. Though it swiftly recovers from these moments, they still occur enough to bring an impatient sigh or two.

Some of the cinematography is lacking as well, speaking characters are slightly blocked or transitions a bit questionable. There isn't any shaking camera or bad panning, just a few places where I think it could have been done better.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Interesting Films in a While August 7, 2001
While this film did not get much attention elsewhere, it certainly has mine. Suicide Kings is a movie about a group of spoiled rich kids in a tight bind with some criminals. To help gain some leverage in the ordeal, one of them has the bright idea to kidnap a NY mob boss (Walken). A guessing game of who betrayed who ensues and it will keep you wondering. This movie is hilarious, smart and interesting. It's full of great acting, funny dialogue, and interesting plot twists. Christopher Walken, in my opinion one of the greatest movie bad guys, shows his range in an outstanding performance. He's funny, dramatic and intense, all while being taped to a chair for most of the movie. Other notable performances are Dennis Leary, who plays Walken's right hand man in classic Leary style, and Jay Moore as the hard nosed, stubborn leader of the preps. The film has a very independent feel to it and is gritty at some points. While feeling this way, however, it does not feel un-professional ever. Basically, if you want a funny film with great performances from great actors, a good plot (which is often scarce nowadays), and a cheap price ...!!!, you have no excuse not to buy Suicide Kings.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What happened to this movie? August 24, 2000
I saw one TV spot for this movie, and never even saw it playing at a theatre? Was I out sick that week? This is a hidden jewel. This movie is almost soley driven by dialogue. What a job! A very little bit of action tossed in to aide the story, but other than that it's all in the words. I can't write enough to do this justice. I mean really, the main character (Walken) was strapped in a chair almost the whole time and he still kicked @$$ in the role. I think there are a whole lot of moviegoers who lost out when they missed this movie. If you like a great script, at least rent this to give it a chance. (Then buy it) Don't pass it by. The alternate endings are cool, one of which I think was better than the chosen, though it isn't believable. I like this movie a little more everytime I see it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Ok, I'm not quite into 'Mobster' movies. In fact, you might say they all seem the same after awhile.I'm not saying this is the greatest or the worst movie. This movie is simply a good movie to rent. First, the story line is both funny and pretty unpredictable. That alone makes it stand-out.Secondly, the characters are developed enough to create a sense of wanting to know about each one. Walken is the central figure who is able to reveal tidbits about each guy in a psychological game that grabbed my attention.Finally, the balance of comedy and psycho fear make the ending worth the wait.In some strange way, the Sucide Kings when watched the second time around is even better because...well because knowing the ending let's you become a true Wise Guy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprise hit! October 16, 1999
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I picked up this DVD on a whim, not having seen nor heard any information on the title. I relied on the strength of the cast to not let me down. I was glad I followed my hunch. This is without a doubt one of the best dark comedies I have ever seen. The cast works together well, and the script is well written. Sure, parts are a little predictable, but there are still sufficient twists and turns to keep you interested until the film's conclusion. The DVD is packed full of extras too that make it a worthwhile purchase.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Dark Comedy Around March 28, 1999
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I'm not a huge fan of dark comedies but this one was awesome. The acting was great, the story was gripping and original. It didn't get tied down in being dark or being a comedy. It just concentrated on having a good plot and telling the story smoothly. Dennis Leary gives a great comedic edge to his performance. Christopher Walken gives one of his best performances. The movie adds one twist after another too keep you guessing up until the very end. One of the best movies I've seen in a while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great plot and characters
Outstanding movie, great plot and characters. Walken is awesome as always.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Edward Wilkinson,Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great cast and really fun to watch.
Published 3 months ago by John W. Hatfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Walken
Great Movie
Published 3 months ago by Prema1
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping ride with plenty of twists and turns.
Plent of quality acting in Artisan's debut film. Christopher Walken alone was worth the price of admission. Definitely a movie to add to your collection.
Published 4 months ago by OV
5.0 out of 5 stars Walken brilliant as usual, riveting movie, entertaining and different
This was a dark comedy/drama involving a bunch of clueless Ivy League frat boys who kidnap a major New York mob boss, to hold him for ransom. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classic
I'm not sure why so many people haven't seen this movie but it's def one of my favorite. The cast is amazing and I would pay to see Walken in most anything. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Blake Zach
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Best--Or Worst Way To Kill Yourself?"
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"Tarantinoesque (adj) – referring to or reminiscent of the work of the American film-maker and actor Quentin Tarantino (born 1963), known for the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dane R. Youssef
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