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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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Ben Lawson
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Father Dave Benson
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Limousine Driver
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Storyline

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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Trivia

Second theatrical feature movie directed by Burt Reynolds. 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

Wendell Sonny Lawson: [while out in the ocean] Oh, God! Let me live, and I promise to obey every one of the Ten Commandments. I shall not kill... I shall not commit adultery... I shall not... I... uh...
[apparently forgetting the remaining eight Commandments]
Wendell Sonny Lawson: I'll *learn* the Ten Commandments, and *then* I'll obey every fucking one of them!
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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Another Fine Mess
Written by Paul Williams
Performed by Glen Campbell and Paul Williams
(p) Capitol Records, Inc.
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Oh yeah, another one of Burt's good 70s hits...
10 March 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everyone remembers this one, esp the scene at the loony bin window where Dom Delouise is hellbent of finishing Burt off, Burt has second thoughts about plummetting to his death, and so on. That alone is great. Kirsty McNichols was also very good too. (I was too young when I saw it to appreciate the presence of Myrna Loy and Joanne Woodward, and so I do look forwards to seeing it again in fact)

I also can remember seeing David Steinberg doing his whacked out shrink routine-'Get off of me!', etc. too. He is kinda forgotten now but a funny guy nonetheless.

So yeah, I do recommend this to anyone who wants to see an underrated Reynolds flick, it really is pretty good.

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