The Funeral (1996)
Average Rating: 7.1/10
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Average Rating: 7.5/10
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Cult figure Abel Ferrara directed this dark, emotional tale of life among the criminal underworld, set in the late 1930s. The Tempio Brothers -- Ray (Christopher Walken), Chez (Chris Penn), and Johnny (Vincent Gallo) -- work with the mob; Ray is the cool and methodical type, Chez is an angry man who tends to fly off the handle, and Johnny is the odd man out, whose work with labor unions has given him a strong interest in socialism. When Johnny is murdered by rival mobster Gaspare (Benicio del
Nov 1, 1996 Wide
Jul 11, 2000
Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
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Though directed in different style, thematically, this period movie is a companion piece to King of New York and The Bad Lieutenant, forming an urban crime trilogy and representing Ferrara's best work.
A brilliant, very visceral piece of film-making with an infectious strain of morbid humour.
[Ferrara] still finds sharp new ways to explore the nuances of a trite-sounding story.
Now here is a gangster movie that does not want setups or payoffs like traditional gangster movies.
A psychologically strung-out tale stuffed full of ideas and inspired moments.
The corpse, the corpse, the corpse!
One of Ferrara's more bearable fims. Solid performances.
With a cast like that, one would expect fireworks on the screen. Unfortunately, this never happens.
A strong portrait of gangsters from Abel Ferrara, one of cinemas best provocateurs.
Some viewers may enjoy watching the lifestyles of the grim and depraved; others will find that sitting through "The Funeral" is like going to celluloid hell.
We have seen Martin Scorsese's gangster films, and Abel Ferrara, you are no Martin Scorsese.
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