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 City in 1930s. It details the past of the brothers and their families through a series of flashbacks, concluding with a shocking scene of graphic violence.
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 Spoglia.
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.
As it turns out, Johnny was not murdered by rival gangsters, but by a man who first claimed Johnny had raped his girlfriend, but who later admits, just before Ray kills him, that he wanted revenge because Johnny had beaten him up in front of his girlfriend and friends.
As he buries the dead murderer, Chez reflects on his brothers' lives before the tragedy. He then returns to Ray's house and shoots and kills Ray and all of his bodyguards. Chez then shoots Johnny, lying dead in the casket, before putting the gun in his own mouth and committing suicide as the family women wail over Ray's dying body.Christopher Walken as Raimundo "Ray" Tempio
Chris Penn as Cesarino "Chez" Tempio
Annabella Sciorra as Jean
Isabella Rossellini as Clara Tempio
Vincent Gallo as Giovanni "Johnny" Tempio
Benicio del Toro as Gaspare Spoglia
Gretchen Mol as Helen
John Ventimiglia as Sali
Paul Hipp as Ghouly
David Patrick Kelly as Michael Stein
Frank John Hughes as Bacco
Victor Argo as Julius
Robert Miano as Enrico
Andrew Fiscella as Murder Witness
Paul Perri as Young Ray
Reception from critics was positive, as The Funeral holds a 79% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 34 reviews.