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The End (1978)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  10 May 1978 (USA)
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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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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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A comedy for you and your next of kin. See more »

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This movie represented the reuniting of old Hollywood stars Pat O'Brien and Myrna Loy. The two, who play Burt Reynolds' parents, had previously starred together in Consolation Marriage (1931) 47 years earlier. 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

Mary Ellen: Sonny, you are driving me crazy!
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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Another Fine Mess
Written by Paul Williams
Performed by Glen Campbell
(p) Capitol Records, Inc.
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Dom's Finest Moment, One of Burt's Finest Too
26 July 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was, without a doubt, the most hilariously comic performance that the brilliant Dom DeLuise had on film. When, in the midst of a depressed "woe is me" rant, he looks up and asks "Do you think we'll ever switch to the metric system?", well, it just don't get no funnier than that. His botched suicide attempts, as well as his eagerly wanting to help Burt with HIS suicide, oh heck, just go rent it yourself! You'll love it.

Burt was brilliant too. He holds a thin line between wanting to die and wanting to live that is believable. It's a real shame that this movie often gets me blank stares when I tell others about it. More people know about Four Weddings and a Funeral (a movie so horrid that I still refuse to watch another Andie McDowell flick) than this quiet classic. (sigh)


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