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The Funeral (1996)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  1 November 1996 (USA)
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New York City, the 1930s. A powerful crime family is caught in a lethal crossfire between union organizers and brutal corporate bosses. Against this turbulent backdrop, the family's three street-hardened brothers and the women they love are about to be plunged into a deadly confrontation with their enemies, with each other, and with their own dark heritage of violence, madness and murder. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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murder | violence | 1930s | cruelty | flashback | See more »

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One family, one murder, too many lies.

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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$41,768 (USA) (1 November 1996)

Gross:

$1,227,324 (USA) (27 December 1996)
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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 »

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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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Bury Our Sins?
21 November 2005 | by (michigan) – 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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