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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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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
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 <aburner@erols.com>

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Are there laughs before death? See more »


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10 May 1978 (USA)  »

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Second theatrical feature movie directed by Burt Reynolds. See more »


During the landscape truck getaway Sonny and Marlon drive through a construction zone, up a trailer/ramp and perform a jump. Cut scenes during the jump alternately show Marlon in the truck bed holding-on a frame rail and no one in the truck bed. See more »


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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A shallow life versus The End
25 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an extremely funny movie. The humor is timeless; easily transcending it's 1970's origin. Burt Reynolds plays Sonny Lawson, a divorced and shady real estate salesman. The movie opens with Sonny being told he has a fatal blood disease and a two month to one year life expectancy.The humorous tone of the film is set early in the exchange between Sonny and his doctor, played wonderfully dryly by Norman Fell. Sonny is, to put it mildly, shallow. Not exactly evil and certainly not good, Sonny is an aging hedonist whose only truly valuable contribution to life is his daughter Julie. Still, even with all the limitations of his character, Sonny tries to get around The End. The bulk of the movie involves Sonny's attempts to weasel out of his inevitable End. Burt Reynolds plays Sonny with just the right blend of whine and bravado. The results are hilarious. Characters come and go throughout the movie. All of them are as shallow as Sonny and hence cannot be of any help. Robbie Benson is hilarious as Father Dave and Sally Field is wonderful as the free spirit or as we say now 'new age' love interest. A truly exceptional performance however comes from Burt's co-star Dom DeLuise. I think that Dom deserved an academy nomination for his brilliant performance as the psychiatric patient Marlon Borunki. His character is a blend of gentle self deprecating humor and maniacal danger and he is the man to watch in every scene he's in. His instant changing of mood, voice and emotion is simply brilliant. There are some movies which provide a catch-phrase that you can use in real life. I never did relate too much to Arnie's "I'll Be Back" line but one which has made it into my personal use is Dom's rather strangled version of "I Understand". Watch 'The End' and you too will understand.

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