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The Funeral

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Directed by Abel Ferrara
Produced by Mary Kane
Written by Nicholas St. John
Starring Christopher Walken
Chris Penn
Annabella Sciorra
Isabella Rossellini
Vincent Gallo
Benicio del Toro
Gretchen Mol
Paul Hipp
Paul Perri
Music by Joe Delia
Cinematography Ken Kelsch
Editing by Mayin Lo
Jim Mol
Bill Pankow
Distributed by October Films
Release date(s) Italy August 28, 1996
United States November 1, 1996
Running time 99 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12,500,000[1]
Gross revenue $1,212,799

The Funeral is a 1996 American crime-drama film directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Christopher Walken, Chris Penn, Annabella Sciorra, Isabella Rossellini, Vincent Gallo, Benicio del Toro and Gretchen Mol.

The story concerns the funeral of one of three brothers in a family of gangsters that lived in New York in 1930s. It is a film that details the past of the brothers and their families through a series of flashbacks. The film is most notable for its shocking climax.

Chris Penn won the best supporting actor award at the 1996 Venice Film Festival for his performance.



The film begins with the funeral of one of the three Tempio brothers. These men are violent criminals. Mourning the passage of their beloved brother Johnny are Chez and Ray. Ray is cold and calculating. Chez is hot tempered. Flashbacks show us that Johnny was more sensitive. Exposure to Communist meetings as a spy sway Johnny's opinions.

The chief suspect in Johnny's murder is rival gangster Gaspare.

Ray and Chez swear revenge. Ray's wife, Jeanette, opposes the campaign of retribution and the violence it will bring, while Chez' wife, Clara, struggles to deal with her husband's obsessive nature.



In 2009 Empire Magazine named it #16 in a poll of the 20 Greatest Gangster Movies You've Never Seen* (*Probably)


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