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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Waldo Kling
Marty Lieberman
Jessica Lawson
Dr. Samuel Krugman
Maureen Lawson
Ben Lawson
Father Dave Benson
Dr. James Maneet
Louise LeTourneau ...
Bill Ewing ...
Hearse Driver
Robert Rothwell ...
Limousine Driver


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 <>

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Are there laughs before death? See more »


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Release Date:

10 May 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A vég  »

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Norman Fell plays Burt Reynolds' doctor, Dr. Samuel Krugman. Fell also played Reynolds' doctor, Larry, in Paternity (1981). See more »


When Wendell Lawson slams on his brakes next to the funeral procession in front of the Church, the shadow of the Church steeple and crucifix appear on his forehead. However in the cutaway to the Church, we clearly see there are no shadows anywhere on the face of the Church, indicating that the sun is in front of the Church and not behind it, thus unable to produce a shadow on Wendell. In addition the size of the shadow on Wendell's face was some 3-4 inch. It could not be casted by a life size steeple but a small mock-up. See more »


Marlon Borunki: You're right! It's not high enough!
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Referenced in The 52nd Annual Academy Awards (1980) See more »


You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
Written by Vini Poncia and Leo Sayer
Portion sung by Harry Caesar
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What do you mean "The End"?
17 June 2009 | by (WILMINGTON, NC) – See all my reviews

There's more to life than just ending it, just because you are terminally ill. For Wendell(Burt Reynolds) he just want to die fast and not be in so much pain. We all know that suicide is a act of selfishness when that person wants to rid himself off the Earth. That really brings more pain than ease to others. Every time when Wendell tries to get rid of himself, those plans are intervened by something else. He tries to OD(Overdose) on some pills, the milk he drinks has soured. He gets committed to an asylum the suicide attempts there are thwarted, after he meets another mental patient who happens to be more off than himself. Marlon(Dom DeLuise, 1933-2009) is so unhappy with himself, he bungled all tempts to help put Wendell out of his misery. Wendell on the other hand decided to see what he is doing to himself and just live life the way it is despite his condition of health. If I was terminal, I would enjoy myself everyday, until the end of time. A very funny movie with a touch of serious in the mix. Enjoy it! R.I.P., Dom Deluise! 3 out of 5 stars!

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