The Funeral


1h 38m 1996

Brief Synopsis

Set during the volatile labor clashes of depression-era New York, Ray and Chez Tempio literally seethe with grief as they lust for revenge over the murder of their younger brother, Johnny. As the story progresses, Ferrara and longtime screenwriting collaborator Nicholas St. John take us back in time

Film Details

Also Known As
Funeral
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Crime
Drama
Period
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
October Films
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

Synopsis

Set during the volatile labor clashes of depression-era New York, Ray and Chez Tempio literally seethe with grief as they lust for revenge over the murder of their younger brother, Johnny. As the story progresses, Ferrara and longtime screenwriting collaborator Nicholas St. John take us back in time through the brothers' memories of family, business and bloodshed. We learn of their complicated relationship with Spoglia, a stylish, menacing mobster who may, or may not, be behind the savage killing. Trapped in the violent spiral of Tempio tradition, their loyal wives struggle to keep the family together and pray for it all to stop. But until the gun that ends it all finally fires, no one could have guessed the bizarre conclusion--and who pulls the trigger.

Film Details

Also Known As
Funeral
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Crime
Drama
Period
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
October Films
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall November 1, 1996

Released in United States November 8, 1996

Released in United States on Video May 13, 1997

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States October 1996

Released in United States November 1996

Released in United States 1997

Released in United States 2001

Shown at Deauville Festival du Film Americain August 30 - September 8, 1996.

Shown at Venice Film Festival (in competition) August 29 - September 7, 1996.

Chris Penn was awarded the Volpi Cup for best supporting actor at the 1996 Venice Film Festival.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (Explore: The USA) October 10-20, 1996.

Shown at London Film Festival November 7-24, 1996.

Shown at Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Avant Premieres) November 8-17, 1996.

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival January 29 - February 9, 1997.

Began shooting August 31, 1995.

Completed shooting October 5, 1995.

Released in United States Fall November 1, 1996

Released in United States November 8, 1996 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States on Video May 13, 1997

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at Deauville Festival du Film Americain August 30 - September 8, 1996.)

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at Venice Film Festival (in competition) August 29 - September 7, 1996.)

Released in United States 1996 (Chris Penn was awarded the Volpi Cup for best supporting actor at the 1996 Venice Film Festival.)

Released in United States October 1996 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (Explore: The USA) October 10-20, 1996.)

Released in United States November 1996 (Shown at London Film Festival November 7-24, 1996.)

Released in United States November 1996 (Shown at Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Avant Premieres) November 8-17, 1996.)

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival January 29 - February 9, 1997.)

Released in United States 2001 (Shown in New York City (Anthology Film Archives) as part of program "The Films of Abel Ferrara" July 27 - August 16, 2001.)