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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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Something magical is about to unfold in the most unexpected place. 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?


Both Michael Rapaport (Brad Schorr) and Michael Vartan (Scott) did guest spots ended on Friends which starred David Schwimmer (Tom Thompson). See more »


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


Julie: I love this song.
Tom: Is that a signal?
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Referenced in Scream 3 (2000) See more »


Written by Luiz Bonfa
Performed by Stan Getz and Luiz Bonfa
Courtesy of Verve Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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I wasn't sure what to expect about this movie. I remembered that it was a "bomb" when it appeared in theatres so I kept passing it by at the video store. It's often out but I'm glad that I took the time to watch it. I thought the characters were appealing & the situations they found themselves in rang true. A 25 year old floundering around, messing up with his friends was fitting. David Schwimmer isn't my favorite but the movie played to his strengths, and you can see that Gwyneth is due to break out as a star plus the rest of the cast is solid. I am especially glad that I didn't read the comments until I saw the movie. I see the negative points but if you approach the movie as a quirky romantic comedy with a dark twist you will be entertained & laugh & smile some too.

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