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The Funeral (1996)

In the 30's, in New York, the coffin of the leftist gangster Johnny Tempio is brought to the house of his older brother Ray for the wake of family and friends. Ray is a cold gangster that ... See full summary »

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Ray Sr. (as Gian Di Donna)
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Sentieri (as Dmitry Prachenko)
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Young Chez (as Gregory Pirelli)
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In the 30's, in New York, the coffin of the leftist gangster Johnny Tempio is brought to the house of his older brother Ray for the wake of family and friends. Ray is a cold gangster that likes to read and is married to Jean. His brother Chez is a hot head that runs a bar and is married to Clara . Ray decides to revenge the murder of his younger brother and believes the gangster Gaspare is the one who killed Johnny. Meanwhile Chez has a breakdown with tragic consequences for the Tempio brothers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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One family, one murder, too many lies. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong crude sex scenes, strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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1 November 1996 (USA)  »

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Das Begräbnis  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,768, 3 November 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,227,324, 29 December 1996
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Johnny is the youngest of the three brothers, while Chez is the middle child. However, Chris Penn was in fact four years younger than Vincent Gallo. See more »

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Johnny is dead in his coffin, but he flinches when someone brushes his eyebrows. See more »

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[first lines]
Humphrey Bogart: Just keep in mind that I and the boy are a candidate for hangin'. And the first time any one of ya makes a wrong move, I'm gonna kill the whole lot of ya!
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References King of New York (1990) See more »

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Primo Amore
Written and Performed by Carlo Buti
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Music Markets
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Bury Our Sins?
21 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Funeral is a dark and gritty story that plumbs the characters in a New York band of criminal brothers. It doesn't have the romantic sweep of a Godfather movie, nor the rawness of Scarface. But it does have great acting: the cold, sinister aloofness of the leader-brother(Christopher Walken); the raging insanity of the bartender-brother(Chris Penn); and, the cockiness of the younger communist-influenced brother. Annabella Scioria as the wife with a tortured psyche who "had two years of college", and Bennissio del Toro, as the suave and slick rival mobster round out the terrific cast.

But the movie does have some problems. The abrupt, "surprise" ending is consistent with the arcs in the movie, and is supported by trends in the characters' developments, but seems unsatisfying. Also, long philosophical conversations between killer and victims seems unrealistic. While these conversations(and flashback sequences) give insight into characters, it just doesn't seem likely.

Watch this movie if you are a fan of crime/Mafia films, and you can enjoy a thoughtful introspection of characters and relationships between characters. Don't watch it if you want to see a "thrill-a-minute", or explosions every other scene.


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