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End of the Road (1970)

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
Ray Brock ...
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
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Joel Oppenheimer ...
Chicken Man
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School Man
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Dog 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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Der Weg in den Abgrund  »

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To date the film has never been submitted for a UK certificate. 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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Featured in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) See more »

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Alternately philosophically insightful and aggravatingly pretentious, but always watchable
5 November 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"End of the Road" is very much a product of its time, but its still a pretty damn good film. Its not the masterpiece that some proclaim it as, but its far from the self-indulgent tripe others hail it to be. The film touches upon many current events and social issues of the day and is made (and written) in a heavily psychedelic manner. Like a lot of other art of the era, it alternates between actually being insightful into the human condition and aggravatingly pretentious and dense (to the point that one may have to be on psychedelic drugs to get all of it). Fortunately, it always remains a compelling story even in its more self-indulgent moments and always has a sense of obtuse weirdness. This is one strange flick folks, and if you enjoy head films, you'll definitely enjoy this one.

The production values are really high (no pun intended, I swear) all around. Stacy Keach has always been one of America's most underrated actors, and his performance here ranks with "The Ninth Configuration" and "Fat City" as his finest. Dorothy Tristan is even better, playing a very difficult role with much depth and sympathy towards the character (the sequence where she gets an abortion remains to this day one of the most disturbing things ever in film). Harris Yullen and James Earl Jones (in a hilariously over-the-top performance) offer fine support. The screenplay (whose writers include Terry Southern) manages to balance the absurd, tragedy, and comedy seamlessly. "End of the Road" is definitely not for all tastes, but its an unique and fascinating film even nowadays. (7/10)


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