Suicide KingsApril 17, 1998
A group of youngsters kidnap a respected Mafia figure.
Release Year: 1997
Rating: 6.9/10 (15,331 voted)
Critic's Score: 43/100
Stars: Christopher Walken, Denis Leary, Sean Patrick Flanery
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.
Writers: Josh McKinney, Gina Goldman
(as Jay Fiondella)
Sean Patrick Flanery
Nathan Dana Aldrich
(as Nathan Dana)
James Peter 'JP' O'Fallon Jr.
Their plan was perfect… they weren't.
Release Date: 17 April 1998
Filming Locations: City of Industry, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $558,081
(19 April 1998)
(12 July 1998)
Did You Know?
The shot on TV with Heckel and Jeckel in the apartment is actually a snippet from
Reservoir Dogs. This is because the director could only use stock from other films owned by Artisan Entertainment.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs:
In the last scene the pinky on Bartolucci's right hand is back. It was kept on ice throughout the movie and given back to him at the end, then sewn back on.
[while emptying a vase]
Hasn't anyone here aver heard of a bedpan?
[shaking his head]
TK no. It's from Shrilanka.
[handing Ira the flowers that were in the vase]
These are for you.
That's not funny TK!
Dark, yet oddly funny
I taped this movie on the USA Network at three o'clock in the morning,
watched it some time afterward, and I was blown away by this film.
Former gangster Carlo Bartolucci aka Charlie Barrett (Christopher
Walken in one of his best roles ever) attends a bistro where he finds
that a group of swaggering young men, consisting of Max (Sean Patrick
Flanery), Avery (Henry Thomas), Brett (Jay Mohr), T.K. (Jeremy Sisto),
and Ira (Johnny Galecki), have taken over his usual booth. Charmed by
the guys, Charlie takes them for a ride, only for them to knock him out
with some chloroform while going down the Queens tunnel in a hilarious
sequence. Charlie regains consciousness inside of Ira's mansion taped
to a chair with one of his fingers missing, having been cut off to
compensate for Avery's kidnapped sister's missing limb. The guys keep
Charlie prisoner in the mansion, but soon, Charlie starts to play head
games with them, and it soon becomes obvious that there is a traitor in
This darkly humorous crime thriller can be described in the most simple
terms as "The Breakfast Club" meets "The Godfather" or something like
that, even though I myself never saw "The Godfather." Walken is
increasingly laughter-provoking, suave, and creepy all at the same time
as he delivers witticism after witticism despite his usual situation.
Four of the lead males (Henry Thomas, Jay Mohr, Sean Patrick Flanery,
and Jeremy Sisto) all portray swaggering rich boys, while Johnny
Galecki (David from TV's "Roseanne") is screamingly funny as the
nitpicking nerd of the bunch and Denis Leary is his usual laid-back
self as slick and wisecracking gangster Lono (what a funny name!).
I said it once and I'll say it again — "Suicide Kings" is a darkly
comical film, but it is highly recommended (for those with kids) that
you watch this either late at night or while the kids are away.
I give "Suicide Kings" a 10 out of 10 on a scale of 1-10 in my humble