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 two million dollars 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.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Comedy,Action,Drama
- Run Time: 106min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 04/17/1998
- DVD Release Date: 02/20/2001
- Distributor(s): Paramount
Sean Patrick Flanery
- Themes: Thrill Crime,Crime Gone Awry,Kidnapping
- Tone: Gritty,Cynical,Menacing,Tense
betrayal, college-student, gangster, kidnapping, ransom
- Language: English