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The End (1978)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 10 May 1978 (USA)
Slapstick black comedy about a man (Reynolds) who finds that he hasn't much longer to live and has bungled his attempts at suicide.

Director:

Burt Reynolds

Writer:

Jerry Belson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Wendell Sonny Lawson
Dom DeLuise ... Marlon Borunki
Sally Field ... Mary Ellen
Strother Martin ... Dr. Waldo Kling
David Steinberg ... Marty Lieberman
Joanne Woodward ... Jessica Lawson
Norman Fell ... Dr. Samuel Krugman
Myrna Loy ... Maureen Lawson
Kristy McNichol ... Julie Lawson
Pat O'Brien ... Ben Lawson
Robby Benson ... Father Dave Benson
Carl Reiner ... Dr. James Maneet
Louise LeTourneau Louise LeTourneau ... Receptionist
Bill Ewing Bill Ewing ... Hearse Driver
Robert Rothwell ... Limousine Driver
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Storyline

Wendell Lawson has only 6 months to live. Not wanting to live his last few months of life waiting for the end, he decides to take his own life. He enlists the help of a humorously delusional mental patient, and the movie chronicles his many unsuccessful attempts to kill himself. Will he ever succeed...? Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Taglines:

Think Of Death As A Pie In The Face From God. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A vég See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$44,917,151

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,917,151
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »

Goofs

The end of the movie where Burt is swimming and talking to God, when he goes under water the soles of his trainers change colour when he re-surfaces. See more »

Quotes

Wendell Sonny Lawson: I'm talking about dying.
Marty Lieberman: What do you mean?
Wendell Sonny Lawson: I mean lying in the ground with dirt on your face and holding your breath forever.
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Alternate Versions

Some shortened prints censor Burt Reynold's final monologue. See more »


Soundtracks

Another Fine Mess
Written by Paul Williams
Performed by Glen Campbell and Paul Williams
(p) Capitol Records, Inc.
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Burt's best and most unappreciated.
12 June 2005 | by thwingrSee all my reviews

Up there with Groundhog Day for philoso-comedy. Carl Reiner makes every second count. Dom is desperately lovable. Sally shows she can act. And Burt is at his understated best. Unfortunately for Burt, he was 25 years too early with this now timely reflection on death and dying -- boomers did not want to be worried about death in 1978. Now that we are beginning to realize that we too are mortal, this movie should get the appreciation it deserves. Those of you who are turned off by movies dealing with ethical and personal dilemmas won't like this movie. You would think that with all the attention paid to the ethics of extending life and assisted suicide that this movie would be required viewing for the right AND left. I am convinced the Burt will be remembered because of this movie. Death be not proud.


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