The Pallbearer (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  3 May 1996 (USA)
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A young man's life is thrown into a loop when he is asked to be a pallbearer for the funeral of a classmate he doesn't remember, and his old high school crush temporarily returns to town.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom's Mother
Jean De Baer ...
Aunt Lucille
Philip DeMarco
The Job Interviewer
Robin Morse ...
Tony Machine ...
The Undertaker


Chaos unfolds as Tom is roped into being a pallbearer (and delivering the eulogy!) by the mother of a recently deceased "friend" from high school that he just can't remember. In the meantime, an unrequited love from high school (NOT the dead guy's girlfriend) reappears in his life. Written by Anonymous

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A comedy about life-long crushes, mistaken identity and one really bad eulogy. See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

3 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amigo Desconhecido  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the music tracks that composer 'Stewart Copeland' wrote for the film, "Bill is Dead", was later remixed for the 1998 video game "Spyro the Dragon", which Stewart also composed. It was used as the music for the Lofty Castle level, where it played at a faster pace and with a few minor differences in instrumentation. See more »


The legal pad Tom scripts his phone call on is yellow in medium shot and white in the closeup inserts. See more »


Brad Schorr: Did you have sex with the dead guy's mother?
Tom: Don't make a big deal out of it!
Brad Schorr: Did you tell Scott?
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Referenced in Scream 3 (2000) See more »


Serenade For Winds
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by The New York Philomusica
Robert Johnson, Artistic Director
Courtesy of Vox Music Group
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Funny, Good Acting and Pleasant -OK-
19 August 2000 | by (Baton Rouge, LA, USA) – See all my reviews

Although I am watching this movie at this moment I am certain it is stable enough to comment on. The film is somewhat of a parody on relationships and relationship movies. The acting, scenes and writing are quite good. At some times this movie makes points, however it is mostly a silly movie to be enjoyed. More a movie to mellow on, it would be best to rent other films and use this film in between blockbusters. Pleasant would best describe this film with easy music and nice scenes and lots of scene changes it carries well. Somewhat nostalgic in feeling. A special mix here is the good fortune of Tom Thompson (David Schwimmer) that his actions are always amplified as altruistic. Be sure not to expect this to be the "everything, drivemecrazy" film because it is not, yet in this film everything plays off of Tom who as all fabled heroes may have his troubles when others realize his true actions. Some sexual content with very little violence.

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