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A Texas Funeral (1999)

In Texas in the late '60s, the Whit family meets for the funeral of grandfather Sparta. This, however, is no normal funeral, and the Whits are no normal family. Young L'il Sparta spies on ... See full summary »

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W. Blake Herron (as William Blake Herron)

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W. Blake Herron (as William Blake Herron)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Quinton Jones Quinton Jones ... Little Sparta
Robert Patrick ... Zach
Jane Adams ... Mary Joan
Martin Sheen ... Grandpa Sparta
Chris Noth ... Clinton
Olivia d'Abo ... Charlotte (as Olivia D'Abo)
Grace Zabriskie ... Murtis
Joanne Whalley ... Miranda
Mona Lee Fultz ... Nurse (as Mona Lee)
Isaiah Washington ... Walter
Harold Suggs Harold Suggs ... Lucas
Michael Crabtree ... Achilles
Steve Shearer ... Jefferson
Mark Walters Mark Walters ... Young Lucas
Todd Lowe ... Skinny Private
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In Texas in the late '60s, the Whit family meets for the funeral of grandfather Sparta. This, however, is no normal funeral, and the Whits are no normal family. Young L'il Sparta spies on the corpse and sees his grandmother involved in macabre and sinister rituals. His parents go and collect Aunt Miranda from the rest home where she has been locked away because of her part in a family scandal, while the tension between father and uncle over money matters is sky-high. In the stables, the camel belonging to the deceased has an attack of nerves, and after he's been calmed down, the child meets the grandfather's ghost who recounts all the family tales. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

6 Feet Under i Texas See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

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Stereo | Dolby

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Zach Whit: A man spends the first half of his life trying to figure women out, and the second half trying to forget what he's learned.
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Soundtracks

Right Or Wrong
Written by Wanda Jackson
Performed by Mandy Barnett
Used by permission of Combine Music Corp.
Courtesy of Sire Records Group
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A pleasant surprise
8 February 2006 | by sglackerSee all my reviews

Given how long this film took to get from filming to any sort of release (and I'm still not sure how widely it was ever released in theaters) I had feared that it would be a stinker. I followed it because one of my vintage cars was used in filming, and I'd just about given up on ever actually seeing the finished product. My car never made it on screen, having been barely out of frame in a scene set at a hospital, but the movie turned out to be quite, quite good. I wonder how well it might play outside of Texas, and seriously doubt it would have much international attraction, but for me it was a breath of fresh air. Characters full of enough eccentricities to be actual Texans like me, but not the typical overblown 'Hollywierd' caricatures of Texans that make me sick. Somewhere in the production crew, there was obviously someone with at least a fair understanding of Texas folklore and culture. Not quite the skill and depth of Tim McCanlies' Texas-based movies ('Seconhand Lions' and 'Dancer Texas' which for me set the standard by which all Texas-based films should be judged) but still with a similar feel.


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