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The Funeral (1996)

After the funeral of one of their own, a criminal family decides to embark on an emotionally unnerving journey in an attempt to exact bloody revenge.

Director:

Abel Ferrara
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2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Walken ... Ray
Chris Penn ... Chez
Annabella Sciorra ... Jean
Isabella Rossellini ... Clara
Vincent Gallo ... Johnny
Benicio Del Toro ... Gaspare
Gretchen Mol ... Helen
John Ventimiglia ... Sali
Paul Hipp ... Ghouly
Victor Argo ... Julius
Gian DiDonna Gian DiDonna ... Ray Sr. (as Gian Di Donna)
Dmitri Prachenko ... Sentieri (as Dmitry Prachenko)
Paul Perri Paul Perri ... Young Ray
Gregory Perrelli Gregory Perrelli ... Young Chez (as Gregory Pirelli)
Joey Hannon Joey Hannon ... Middle Chez
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Storyline

In the 30's, in New York, the coffin of the leftist gangster Johnny Tempio is brought to the house of his older brother Ray for the wake of family and friends. Ray is a cold gangster that likes to read and is married to Jean. His brother Chez is a hot head that runs a bar and is married to Clara . Ray decides to revenge the murder of his younger brother and believes the gangster Gaspare is the one who killed Johnny. Meanwhile Chez has a breakdown with tragic consequences for the Tempio brothers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

One family, one murder, too many lies. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Johnny is dead in his coffin, his neat hair becomes messy between shots. 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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Connections

References King of New York (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Gloomy Sunday
Written by Rezsö Seress (as Rezso Seress) and László Jávor (as Laszlo Javor)
Performed by Billie Holiday
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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beautifully and intelligently made
7 August 2002 | by LATENITESee all my reviews

I have always been impressed by the dramatic intensity of Abel Ferrara's films and 'The Funeral' does not fall short of any of them. The true beauty of this film lies in its characters and their emotions and relationships. The plot takes second stage but, honestly, the incredible acting performances will make you feel that a more complicated plot would be absolutely unnecessary. All the important bases of small-time mob life are covered here - God, family, revenge, lies, anger, etc. If you can sit down and watch a movie that chooses atmosphere and character over action, then I highly recommend this movie. You will be blown away.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

1 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Funeral See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,768, 3 November 1996

Gross USA:

$1,227,324

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,227,324
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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