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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.

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Dr. Waldo Kling
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Marty Lieberman
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Jessica Lawson
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Dr. Samuel Krugman
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Maureen Lawson
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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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Think Of Death As A Pie In The Face From God. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

Sally Field's one and only feature film appearance with step-father Jock Mahoney 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

Jessica Lawson: Sleepig pills? Oh, Sonny, why do you need sleeping pills? If you would just go on a good diet.
Wendell Sonny Lawson: Dont lecture me from classes I paid for!
Jessica Lawson: What's the matter, Wendell?
Wendell Sonny Lawson: I don't feel good.
Jessica Lawson: [pouring a shake into a glass] Here, why don't you drink this? It'll make you feel better.
[Wendell drinks it and then gags quietly]
Jessica Lawson: Why don't you borrow some pills from your folks? They're hypocondriacs.
Wendell Sonny Lawson: My folks are not hypocondriacs! You always call them hypocondriacs! They might have a couple downers, though.
Jessica Lawson: ...
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Connections

Remake of Six Dates with Barker: 1970: The Odd Job (1971) 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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Touching yet hilarious, a highly original black comedy
20 May 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

THE END should be, and one day will be, reappraised and acknowledged as the classic it is. The premise isn't great for a comedy - a dying man reordering his life in light of his impending demise - so that it works at all is a credit to Burt Reynolds as both director and star. The balance of tragedy and humour is perfect throughout, particularly in Burt's various suicide attempts, and it was a masterstroke casting Dom DeLuise as the amiable lunatic so keen on helping him die. The final reel is one of the funniest in movie history, and Frank Sinatra's "My Way" has never been put to better use in a film. Doctors should lend this film to patients when they inform them of terminal illness - death has never been so much fun.


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