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The Funeral (1996)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gian DiDonna ...
Ray Sr. (as Gian Di Donna)
Dmitri Prachenko ...
Sentieri (as Dmitry Prachenko)
Gregory Perrelli ...
Young Chez (as Gregory Pirelli)
Joey Hannon ...


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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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Begräbnis  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


[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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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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