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Suicide Kings (1997)

Cast: Christopher Walken, Christopher Walken, Denis Leary, more...
Director: Peter O'Fallon, Peter O'Fallon
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Studio: Live/Artisan
Running Time: 103 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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This title is currently out of print.

Television director Peter O'Fallon made his feature film debut with this independent film that pays obvious homage to the style of Quentin Tarantino, with plenty of violence and funny, talkative hit men. Suave gangster Charlie Barrett (Christopher Walken) meets four young men who have taken over his regular booth at a popular bistro. Charmed by the swaggering kids, he agrees to take a ride with them, but they give him a sedative and he awakens in a deserted mansion, taped to a chair with one of his fingers missing. One of his abductors, Avery (Henry Thomas) says that he has a sister who has been kidnapped and they need $2 million to get her back, as well as a finger to exchange for her severed digit. Charlie phones his lawyer Marty (Cliff De Young), who calls a henchman, Lono (Denis Leary), who investigates the kidnappings and gives Charlie enough information to start playing each of his inexperienced abductors against the others. ~ Michael Betzold, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Commentary Track
  • Alternate Endings
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Cast & Crew Info

GreenCine Member Reviews

Not a complete success by Texan99 September 5, 2010 - 2:21 PM PDT
I found I couldn't enjoy this movie quite as much as many other viewers did. Christopher Walken and Denis Leary both fully engaged me whenever they were onscreen, but the film seemed like a collection of interesting bits that never quite gelled into a whole.

Pleasant Surprise by BrodiesGirl June 12, 2003 - 9:57 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I didn't know anything about this movie when I randomly rented it, a rarity for most of the stuff I watch. IT was four dollars well spent, and another fifteen dollars well spent after I purchased the DVD. It has a great cast and anything with Christopher Walken almost always deserves a rental in my book.

The basic premise of the movie is Elise has been kidnapped with a ransom of 2 million dollars. Her brother, her boyfriend, and their group of friends decide to kidnap ex-mobster Christopher Walken so they can use his contacts to get the ransom loot. Tempers are lost and suspicions arise as Walken begins to suggest that perhaps there is a traitor within the boys' ranks.

What follows is a very nice twisting and turning of events as the true kidnappers are revealed. The DVD includes alternative endings, deleted scenes, and director/producer commentary.

I thought the cast was great and what could have been an average kidnapping-plans-gone-awry movie was saved due to a good story and even better storytelling and direction (which, by the way, is director Peter O'Falloran's feature film debut. He does have a great deal of TV under his belt, including: thirtysomething, Northern Exposure, Profiler, and American Gothic, to name a few.)
The story kept things interesting and it's good to watch with a group of people while trying to place bets on who's-screwing-who?

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.75)
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