The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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Livia dies of a stroke, bringing the family together one more time for the funeral where old tensions resurface.

Director:

Timothy Van Patten (as Tim Van Patten)

Writers:

David Chase (created by), David Chase
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Gandolfini ... Tony Soprano
Lorraine Bracco ... Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Edie Falco ... Carmela Soprano
Michael Imperioli ... Christopher Moltisanti
Dominic Chianese ... Junior Soprano
Steven Van Zandt ... Silvio Dante
Tony Sirico ... Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano
Drea de Matteo ... Adriana La Cerva
Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano
John Ventimiglia ... Artie Bucco
Federico Castelluccio ... Furio Giunta
Steve Schirripa ... Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Robert Funaro ... Eugene Pontecorvo
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Storyline

Tony is stressed and having to deal with a number of problems. Big garbage collecting contracts are up and several crews want a bigger share of the pie. As well, he's afraid his mother may testify against him in the stolen airline tickets scam. When Meadow comes home with a classmate to get some work done Tony takes an immediate disliking to the young man who describes himself as Jewish and African-American. Tony gets a reprieve on at least one front when they get the news that his mother Livia has died. He's torn between jumping for joy and maintaining a proper sense of loss. He insists that Janice return from Seattle assuring her there will be no problem with the Richie Aprile issue. She comes back reluctantly but soon decides to have a proper funeral for Livia, even though the dead woman specifically requested there be none. When Janice asks people at the wake to say something nice about their dealings with Livia no one has much to say. Carmela lays it on the line however. At ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 2001 (USA) See more »

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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Another homage to The Godfather (1972) is evident in the scene where the undertaker assures Tony he will "use all my power and all my skills" to prepare Livia for her funeral. This is a direct reference to the "Godfather" scene in which Don Corleone asks the undertaker to "use all of your power and all of your skills" to take care of his murdered Sonny. Also, the shot of the elevator going down which reveals the The Sopranos (1999) undertaker is virtually identical to the camera angle in "The Godfather". See more »

Goofs

Tony's haircut keeps changing from short to long and then short to long again. See more »

Quotes

Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: I brought you some books on tape since you say you can't concentrate to read.
Livia Soprano: I wish The Lord would take me now!
Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: Well... in the meantime.
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Connections

References The Godfather (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Loved You
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Jan Clayton
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25 September 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

The Sopranos

A classic take on the most beloved genre which clearly suggests the crazy love it received from the audience but also left a long lasting impression on critics and awards shows where it took away five justified Golden Globes to its home. The Sopranos is a character driven series about a family that basically runs the whole town, just illegally.

The writing is adaptive, gripping and ground-breaking on terms of its structure that is so eerily easy as it slips away from the audience like some jelly; it is sweet, nutritious and immensely pleasing. It is rich on technical aspects like its metaphorical cinematography, sharp sound effects and up beating songs along with palpable background score. The series is shot beautifully, each and every color sparks up neatly; especially the visuals that are taken in sunny days are amazing.

The performance by the cast is plausible since the effort is clearly visible but Gandolfini, Bracco, Falco and Imperioli stands alone due to their easiness in their acts. Gandolfini; at the heart of it, oozes power and the aegis nature which is what helps makers keep the audience rooting for the character.

The relationship between Gandolfini and Bracco is the highlight of the series due its fragile tone which is soothing to experience as it lights up the series in a whole new way. Pragmatic conversations, three dimensional character, gut-wrenching politics, brawny dialogues and brilliant execution are the high points of the feature that makes it one of the best series.

Season 03

The third act is more lethal and gut wrenching with bloodbath and cheats and betrayals at each step and addition to that what helps ground it to more humane version is the emotionally fueled characters that revolved around this explosive bubble; it surely is a sight to look at.

Proshai, Livushka

The mourning process of the protagonist is rudimentary and as expected with a very narrow range to fit in, whilst the other side characters are the ones that gets stands out moments especially Falco soaring through this quirky family.


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