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A Texas Funeral (1999)

In Texas in the late '60s, the Whit family meets for the funeral of grandfather Sparta. This, however, is no normal funeral, and the Whits are no normal family. Young L'il Sparta spies on ... See full summary »

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Quinton Jones ...
Little Sparta
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Mary Joan
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Grandpa Sparta
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Clinton
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Charlotte
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Murtis
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Miranda
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Nurse (as Mona Lee)
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Walter
Harold Suggs ...
Lucas
Michael Crabtree ...
Achilles
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Jefferson
Mark Walters ...
Young Lucas
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Skinny Private
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In Texas in the late '60s, the Whit family meets for the funeral of grandfather Sparta. This, however, is no normal funeral, and the Whits are no normal family. Young L'il Sparta spies on the corpse and sees his grandmother involved in macabre and sinister rituals. His parents go and collect Aunt Miranda from the rest home where she has been locked away because of her part in a family scandal, while the tension between father and uncle over money matters is sky-high. In the stables, the camel belonging to the deceased has an attack of nerves, and after he's been calmed down, the child meets the grandfather's ghost who recounts all the family tales. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »
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5 May 2000 (Italy)  »

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6 Feet Under i Texas  »

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Zach Whit: A man spends the first half of his life trying to figure women out, and the second half trying to forget what he's learned.
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Feel Me
Written and Performed by Steve Vaus
Published by Jim Long Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of FirstCom Music, Inc.
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An entertaining but overwrought exercise in American Baroque
13 October 1999 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

An entertaining but overwrought exercise in American Baroque, the best way to describe this film is to say that it begins in David Lynch territory, rambles through Tennessee Williams country, and was last seen heading dangerously close to Waltons Mountain. Set in Texas in the late 1960s, the plot - dark secrets emerge when a family gathers for a family funeral - is hardly original, and while the Texan self-image comes in for some welcome satire, the cosy self-satisfied way in which the whole thing is tied up at the end would have a serious dramatist like Tennessee Williams spinning in his grave. Martin Sheen is much too decent to play the wicked old patriarch, and while any film that includes Joanne Whalley, ear-sucking, and camels can't be entirely bad, this is not a good advertisement for any of them.


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