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The Pallbearer (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 3 May 1996 (USA)
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A young man's life is thrown into a loop when he is asked to be a pallbearer for the funeral of a classmate he doesn't remember, and his old high school crush temporarily returns to town.

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Matt Reeves
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Schwimmer ... Tom Thompson
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Julie DeMarco
Michael Rapaport ... Brad Schorr
Toni Collette ... Cynthia
Carol Kane ... Tom's Mother
Michael Vartan ... Scott
Bitty Schram ... Lauren
Jean De Baer Jean De Baer ... Suzanne DeMarco
Elizabeth Franz ... Aunt Lucille
Mark Margolis ... Philip DeMarco
Barbara Hershey ... Ruth Abernathy
Edoardo Ballerini ... The Job Interviewer
Matthew Faber ... Jared
Robin Morse Robin Morse ... Sylvie
Tony Machine Tony Machine ... The Undertaker
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Storyline

Chaos unfolds as Tom is roped into being a pallbearer (and delivering the eulogy!) by the mother of a recently deceased "friend" from high school that he just can't remember. In the meantime, an unrequited love from high school (NOT the dead guy's girlfriend) reappears in his life. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

A comedy about life-long crushes, mistaken identity and one really bad eulogy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigo Desconhecido See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,319,236, 5 May 1996

Gross USA:

$5,656,388
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Miramax, The Chess Club See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Schwimmer was so busy filming the mock that he missed his Friends (1994) co-star Lisa Kudrow's wedding. See more »

Goofs

When the mother is making instant coffee, the jar label is turned between shots. See more »

Quotes

Ruth Abernathy: [In restaurant, in front of Julie and her parents] So, this is Julie! Why don't you tell her, Tom, what you did to your best friend's mother?
Tom: He wasn't my best friend. I hardly knew him!
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Harvest Moon
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Performed by Neil Young
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Funny, Good Acting and Pleasant -OK-
19 August 2000 | by dsteve15See all my reviews

Although I am watching this movie at this moment I am certain it is stable enough to comment on. The film is somewhat of a parody on relationships and relationship movies. The acting, scenes and writing are quite good. At some times this movie makes points, however it is mostly a silly movie to be enjoyed. More a movie to mellow on, it would be best to rent other films and use this film in between blockbusters. Pleasant would best describe this film with easy music and nice scenes and lots of scene changes it carries well. Somewhat nostalgic in feeling. A special mix here is the good fortune of Tom Thompson (David Schwimmer) that his actions are always amplified as altruistic. Be sure not to expect this to be the "everything, drivemecrazy" film because it is not, yet in this film everything plays off of Tom who as all fabled heroes may have his troubles when others realize his true actions. Some sexual content with very little violence.


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