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FUNERAL THE

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The Funeral portrays 22 year old Mafioso Johnny Tempio (Vincent Gallo) whose life ends suddenly as a young man beckons him from a car. With a cheerful ‘Hey Johnny’ he pumps three slugs into the young gangster’s chest. Although the Tempio family is accustomed to violence, it doesn’t make Johnny’s death any easier fo rhis brothers, Ray (Christopher Walken) and Chez (Chris Penn) who are unsure if this is a one-time revenge killing or the start of an all out war.

"Abel Ferrara's The Funeral, is a compelling gangster pic, one that concentrates more on the depth of character than violence. It's also Ferrara's most accessible work. In New York in the mid-1930s, the two surviving Tempio brothers, Ray (Christopher Walken) and Chez (Chris Penn), mourn the death of their youngest sibling, Johnny (Vincent Gallo). Through a series of flashbacks, we see what it was that led to the murder, and intricacies of this New York Italian family. A dominant theme here is revenge, but these characters, Ray in particular, intellectualise their actions. One critic noted that had the Corleone kids in The Godfather gone to college, they would have turned out like Ray. It's hard to distinguish the gangster film, but somehow The Funeral, with its beautifully written script and Walken's extraordinary performance as Ray, this film has a depth and intensity often lacking in the genre. Also fine is the wonderful Annabella Sciorra who gives a dazzling performance as Ray's wife, and Chris Penn is dynamic as the unstable Chez. Apart from an inconclusive ending, The Funeral is a compelling and thoughtful drama. It is more about the complexities of family and relationships than about the Mafia and a powerful film that has far more to it than meets the eye."
Paul Fischer

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CAST: Christopher Walken, Benico Del Toro, Vincent Gallo, Paul Hipp, Chris Penn, Isabella Rossellini and Annabella Sciorra

PRODUCER: Mary Kane

DIRECTOR: Abel Ferrara

SCRIPT: Nicholas St.John

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ken Kelsch

EDITOR: Bill Pankow, Mayin Lo

MUSIC: Joe Delia

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Charles M. Lagola

RUNNING TIME:99 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: ROADSHOW

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 28, 1997

AWARDS: Venice Film Festival 1996: Chris Penn, Best Supporting Actor







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