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End of the Road (1970)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  10 February 1970 (USA)
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After a catatonic episode on a railway station platform, Jacob Horner is taken to "The Farm", a bizarre insane asylum run by Doctor D. After being cured, Jacob takes a job as an English ... See full summary »

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Jacob Horner
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Joe Morgan
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Rennie Morgan
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Doctor D
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Peggy Rankin
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Sniperman / Mrs. Dockey
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Finkle
Gail Gilmore ...
Miss Gibson (as Gail Gibson)
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Dr. Schott
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Dr. Carter
June Hutchinson ...
Miss Banning / Tea Lady
Joel Oppenheimer ...
Chicken Man
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After a catatonic episode on a railway station platform, Jacob Horner is taken to "The Farm", a bizarre insane asylum run by Doctor D. After being cured, Jacob takes a job as an English lecturer and begins a disastrous affair with Rennie, the wife of a colleague. Written by Gary Couzens <gjcouzens@btinternet.com>

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Some of the hospital inmates were played by real patients on leave from the Austen-Riggs Psychiatric Institute. See more »

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The closing credits play over footage of the moonshot, and end with the sound of Jacob Horner moaning. See more »

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After almost thirty years, this movie has not aged well
6 September 1999 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I first saw "End of the Road" on its theatrical release. Back then, it seemed a nifty trick, tarted up as it was with pseudo-psychedelia. I saw it more than once because no other movie at the time had so much of what seemed to my young mind to be audacity.

I just viewed it today for the first time since then. Now what seemed nifty is merely sodden, and the bones of John Barth's novel cannot prop up the sagging flesh of this movie. What is amazing is how much of the novel made it to the screen at all. It's still a compelling story -- so by all means read the book.

The performances are decent enough although James Earl Jones starts over the top and never looks back. And Harris Yulin's role is so badly underwritten that we never have any idea what he's about.

This movie is a cultural artifact of the sixties and so has at least that value. Barth's novel, on the other hand, is a product of the fifties -- yet it did not feel dated at the time of the movie and does not feel dated now.

For sheer nerve, though, very few movies can beat "End of the Road."


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