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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.

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Abel Ferrara
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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 ... 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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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 »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

1 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Begräbnis 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,227,324, 29 December 1996
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Primo Amore
Written and Performed by Carlo Buti
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Music Markets
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Solid Ferrara movie that takes the glamour out of gangsters
16 March 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

The lives of gangster brothers Ray, Chet and Johnny are changed forever when Johnny is killed. His funeral acts as a time to look back at the past but also to look inwardly and to the future. The story is told in flashbacks that mix the past and present to see a gangster life style in all it's glory.

The story here is straightforward – however it's multi-layered flashbacks and subplots make it too confusing at times. In simple terms it is two stories – Johnny before he is killed, and the lives of his brothers afterwards. The characters make it come to life but the drama inherent in the subject matter helps as well. The story mixes `real' lives, violence and some black humour to good effect – the overall point being the point made by Sciorra when she says `there's nothing romantic about it at all'.

The cast are good – in particular the Ferrara regulars. Walken gives a more emotional version of his King of New York character and carries much of the moral debate with himself and others. Penn is also good as the self destructive brother and gives a powerful performance without becoming OTT (a la Nice Guy Eddie). Gallo is good although his character is not fully explained – why did he look for trouble, why the interest in worker's rights? Rossellini, Argo and Soprano's Ventimiglia are all good and del Toro does yet another quiet cool role.

Overall this is a good film – it is graphic and dark, but not as much as some of his other films. The subject matter will appeal to the mass audience (most people seem to like mobster movies) and his unromantic spin on the genre makes up for the occasionally bitty storyline.


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