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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 & 6 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

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Once you pull the trigger, there's no going back. 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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

1 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Benicio Del Toro and Christopher Walken previously worked together in Basquiat 1995, and would go on and work together again in, Excess Baggage 1997. 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

Referenced in The Concrete Jungle: An Interview with Robert Miano (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Tonight Will Be The Night
Music and Lyrics by Joe Delia (Slymoon Publishing Co./BMI) and Abel Ferrara
Performed by Chris Penn
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User Reviews

 
Another interesting piece from Ferrara who goes for the mind and leaves you silent.
16 February 2003 | by DukeEmanSee all my reviews

Once again Ferrara attracts big star names to a small picture with large ambitions. This film would have made a great gangster saga but Ferrara and writer St. John are more interested about the characters than the story. What occurs on the surface may be minimal and very uncreative but deep within you enter the souls of each character who question their values as they mourn the death of a family member. Each one carrying a dilemma to the very surprising ending. This film could have been set in any era as it deals with intelligent issues such as the complex male macho image as questioned by Sciorra's character.


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