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Carlo's Wake (1999)

| Comedy
Carlo's Wake is a black comedy about the life, death and wake of an Italian-American patriarch and his colorful, combative extended family.


Mike Valerio


Rosie Taravella (play), Rosie Taravella (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Christopher Alessi Christopher Alessi ... Fr. Jimmy Cozanato
Yareli Arizmendi ... Lupe
Peter Blackwell Peter Blackwell ... Knights of Sicily: Frank
Carmine Caridi ... Uncle Nick
Michael Chiklis ... Marco
Gene Chronopoulos Gene Chronopoulos ... Knights of Sicily: Robert
Robert D'Avanzo Robert D'Avanzo ... Tommy - Cab Driver
Rhoda Gemignani ... Aunt Betty
Gary Kroeger ... Tim Ryan
Juliet Landau ... Anna Torello
Martin Landau ... Carlo Torello
Greg Lewis ... Knights of Sicily: Salvy
Peter Lupus ... Uncle Chavy
Ken Marino ... Antonio Torello
Sam McMurray ... Jerry Brock


Offbeat contemporary comedy, in the spirit of My Big Fat Greek Wedding which centers on the memorial service of Italian-American patriarch Carlo Torello (Martin Landau) and the effect his death has on his colorful, if not dysfunctional family. As the clan gathers to pay respects, old wounds, grudges and vendettas arise to the surface, despite the efforts of Rosie, the eldest daughter (Oscar Winner, Rita Moreno) to keep the peace...a heartwarming story of how one large family manages to survive - in spite of itself. Also stars Helen Slater, Michael Chicklis and Theresa Saldana. Written by SCJ

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Very heart-warming funny film...
15 August 2006 | by skipspiroSee all my reviews

Loved the film. Very touching. Very moving. Saw it several times. The writing was very superior, as well as the acting. Stellar ensemble cast of very notable talent.

Whether you were from an Italian background or not, the characters were very believable. Despite the dark nature of the story, this was a very funny film. Each of the characters seemed like people you knew, very familiar, very down to earth...

The music was evocative without distracting. Every element of the production was there to serve the story, which is the way it should be.

Highly recommended. Look forward to seeing it out on DVD someday.

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