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The Funeral (1996)

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Release Date
 USA: Nov 1, 1996
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jul 11, 2000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong crude sex scenes, strong violence and language.

Running Time
1 hour, 39 minutes

Country USA

Studio October Films

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Genre: Crime, Drama, Gangsters, Tragedy, Murder, Infidelity, Suspense, Marriage, Revenge

Tagline: One family, one murder, too many lies.

Plot: At the wake of their murdered younger brother, two gangster siblings revisit their past while making plans for revenge against a rival gangster who killed him. Christopher Walken delivers a powerhouse performance as the eldest brother, Ray, whose emotions have been shut down after their own father's suicide some years before and who must come to terms with his failures as a man. Chris Penn costars as Chez, his abusive, emotionally unstable brother who has inherited their father's self-destructive behavior. Set in 1930s New York, this elegiac film delves into such topics as faith, masculinity, and redemption as it moves slowly toward its bloody, powerful climax. Annabella Sciorra plays Ray's wife, whose devout Catholicism serves as the moral center of the film. Isabella Rossellini, Vincent Gallo, Benicio Del Toro, and Gretchen Mol round out the stellar cast. While it contains his usual violence and raunchy sex scenes, THE FUNERAL marks a mature new direction in the career of New York auteur Abel Ferrara (who previously worked with Walken on KING OF NEW YORK). Nicely subdued colors and cinematography by Ken Kelsch combine with great acting and probing dialogue to make this a valuable addition to the gangster genre.

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 Directed by
Abel Ferrara
Bad Lieutenant, King of New York, Body Snatchers
 Written by
Nicholas St. John
King of New York, The Addiction, Dangerous Game
Christopher Walken
Catch Me If You Can, Sleepy Hollow, Wedding Crashers
Chris Penn
Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Starsky & Hutch
Annabella Sciorra
Cop Land, What Dreams May Come, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
Isabella Rossellini
Blue Velvet, Death Becomes Her, Wild at Heart
Vincent Gallo
Goodfellas, Buffalo '66, Arizona Dream
Benicio Del Toro
The Usual Suspects, Sin City, Snatch.
Gretchen Mol
Donnie Brasco, Rounders, The Thirteenth Floor
 Music By
Joe Delia
Bad Lieutenant, King of New York, The Tao of Steve

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