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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 »

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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

Johnny is dead in his coffin, but he flinches when someone brushes his eyebrows. 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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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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Bury Our Sins?
21 November 2005 | by jannagalSee all my reviews

The Funeral is a dark and gritty story that plumbs the characters in a New York band of criminal brothers. It doesn't have the romantic sweep of a Godfather movie, nor the rawness of Scarface. But it does have great acting: the cold, sinister aloofness of the leader-brother(Christopher Walken); the raging insanity of the bartender-brother(Chris Penn); and, the cockiness of the younger communist-influenced brother. Annabella Scioria as the wife with a tortured psyche who "had two years of college", and Bennissio del Toro, as the suave and slick rival mobster round out the terrific cast.

But the movie does have some problems. The abrupt, "surprise" ending is consistent with the arcs in the movie, and is supported by trends in the characters' developments, but seems unsatisfying. Also, long philosophical conversations between killer and victims seems unrealistic. While these conversations(and flashback sequences) give insight into characters, it just doesn't seem likely.

Watch this movie if you are a fan of crime/Mafia films, and you can enjoy a thoughtful introspection of characters and relationships between characters. Don't watch it if you want to see a "thrill-a-minute", or explosions every other scene.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

1 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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