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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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Something magical is about to unfold in the most unexpected place. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,656,388, 31 December 1996
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Company Credits

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Miramax, The Chess Club See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The roller coaster Tom and Julie ride is actually the Blue Streak, which is located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Julie: I love this song.
Tom: Is that a signal?
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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Worst Movies by TV Stars (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Virgil Fox
Courtesy of RCA Victor Red Seal,
A Division of BMG Classics
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Nice Boy Nightmare
3 June 2007 | by Shaolin_ApuSee all my reviews

Pallbearer is a story about a guy who has not gained anything in his life and his future does not look promising either. Well, he is healthy and sane but incredibly unfortunate because he has probably been a too kind person: the life he was supposed to be living has slipped through his fingers. Turning now into latter part of his twenties he realizes that he's still a little boy and he should start doing something.

He will have a hopeless crush on a girl, and likewise a widow who has lost his son too will have a hopeless crush on him and that leads into a romance that is both tragic and comical. David Schwimmer makes a good performance as the guy who has to survive from many kinds of embarrassing situations, and Paltrow as the woman will do the standard Paltrow set. Nothing too surprising in the plot but the film is relatively good watching because of some well worked little scenes that faintly resemble Mr. Bean episodes.


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