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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
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Clara
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Johnny
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Helen
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Sali
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Ghouly
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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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Once you pull the trigger, there's no going back. 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)  »

Also Known As:

Das Begräbnis  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$41,768 (USA) (3 November 1996)

Gross:

$1,227,324 (USA) (29 December 1996)
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1.85 : 1
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In 2009, Empire Magazine named The Funeral (1996) #16 in a poll of the "20 Greatest Gangster Movies You've Never Seen (Probably)". See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[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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Features The Petrified Forest (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Addio Amata Mia
Music and Lyrics by Joe Delia (Slymoon Publishing Co./BMI) and Nicholas St. John
Performed by Robert Miano
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Another flawed Ferrara masterpiece
20 April 2001 | by (Wellington, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

All of director Abel Ferrara's movies are deeply flawed, but he is willing to take you into darker places than almost any contemporary filmmaker. His best movies are the bleakest kind of cinematic art, and The Funeral is one of the best.

To complain about the lack of action in this gangster movie is to miss the entire point. This is a character study of people who have made choices in their lives that have left them without hope, in much the same way as Ferrara's "Bad Lieutenant". Although it is often pretentious and a little boring, it also contains many potent, unforgettable scenes, most notably those featuring Chris Penn, who I frankly didn't think could act until I saw this movie.

"The Funeral" is an unremittingly dark film that at times achieves a terrible beauty. I'm not sure that I would recommend it, but I am extremely glad to have seen it.


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