Suicide Kings (1997)

Charlie Barret (Christopher Walken) enjoys all the benefits of a retired mobster; that includes a group of twenty-something guys buying him drinks and offering to take him out to dinner.  Charlie agrees just for the heck of it, but it turns out that might not have been the best idea of the day.  The group of three go-getters end up taking Charlie out with some chloroform, but not before getting their ass kicked by an old man.  Charlie awakes to find himself bound to a chair is a posh house, but something is missing… his Goddamn finger!  The group of guys have something they need the mobster to do for them, but needed to get his attention.

A girl they all know, sister to one of the guys and girlfriend to another, has been kidnapped and is being held ransom for $2 million.  The kidnappers cut off her finger, so the guys did the same to Charlie; whatever happens to her will happen to him unless he doesn’t arrange to get them the cash.  Things go down hill from there as Charlie pits the group against each other by secretly telling a few of them that this is an inside job, and that one of them is associated with the kidnappers.  All the while Charlie’s associate (Dennis Leary) is trying to find his boss and at the same time keep his new eel skin boot clean.  Anything more will spoil the story for you, so you will just need to see for yourself.

Alex’s Thoughts: To be honest, I had never heard of this movie until Tim gave me his copy and told me to watch it; and even then, it sat next to my DVD player for about a month.  Mostly because Jay Mohr’s smug face is on the cover, and I hate that fucker (but also because Tim’s copy of Blackenstein was on top of it).  I broke down and watched it, and found that I really enjoyed it, except for Jay Mohr (fuck that guy).  Christopher Walken is the star of every scene he is in… by far, and despite his situation, he is still really funny, and even when he is being serious, it is still really funny.  Johnny Galecki and Dennis Leary provide some great laughs as well, and make this a good all-around movie – a must for Walken fans.  Alex Rates This Movie 8/10

Tim’s Thoughts: This ensemble cast is a joy to watch, and Walken absolutely steals this little indy film. I loved this movie when it first came out and made all my friends watch it, and I am going to do it all over again, I still love this movie and I think it needs a bit of attention. So everyone go out and watch this, and revel in its low budget greatness!! Tim Rates This Movie 10/10

“You guys didn’t think this through too good, did you?”

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