A dying woman and her husband agree to a joint-suicide pact, whether others like it or not.



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Cast overview:
Mini Dwyer
Teddy Dwyer
Ruda Dwyer
Priscilla Morrill ...
Mrs. Finter
John Harkins ...
G. Clayburn
Jacque Lynn Colton ...
Mrs. Belkin
Louis Schaefer ...
Charles Walker ...
Kahn's Assistant
Ismael 'East' Carlo ...
Gardener (as East Carlo)
Process Server (as Michael V. Murphy)
Philip Littell ...
Mrs. Belkin's Son (as Bobby Jacoby)
Jodi Hicks ...
Mrs. Belkin's Daughter
Erin Karpf ...
Mrs. Belkin's Daughter


Miniature Dwyer is named after her mother, who was making miniature doll houses when Minnie was born. Minnie, too, has built doll houses for years, and when she learns that she is terminally ill, she and her husband Teddy begin planning their joint suicide. She makes sure that her dolls are placed with people who will appreciate and cherish them. The couple refuse to allow their grief-stricken daughter or the solicitous social worker or anyone else to forestall the death they are determined is right for them. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

1 April 1988 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Am Ende des Weges  »

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Richard Lees' play, Right of Way, had its World Premiere at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. The original production was directed by Steven Robman and featured Anne Pitoniak as Mini, Fred Stuthman as Teddy and Timothy Near as Ruda. See more »


Mini Dwyer: I will be a figure you won't recognize. But also one you'll never forget. And inside that figure somewhere will be me. The Miniature Dwyer that will be remembered will be the one she never dreamt of. Or knew. Or cared to know. Or would let herself know.
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What about forgotten men?
6 September 2005 | by (Manlleu, Catalonia) – See all my reviews

Ruda is a single daughter near to reach forty that truly love her old parents. She has her own business making clay pots, as she did as a hobby when she was a child. Their parents asked her to visit them to make her know their determination to end their lives together because of an illness from the mother. Her father told that she has a blood disease whose strange name he feels unable to remember. The mother said she is allergic to her own blood. Ruda send people to their house to try to convince their parents reconsider their decision. Mr. Dwyer (Jimmy Stewart) has an original desk and his wife (Bette Davis) create lovely dolls. They feed lots of cats whose preferred ones are named Robert DeNiro, Paul Newman and Jimmy Cann... Sometimes some of the cats does an incursion into the next house neighbor woman whose children seem countless. One day a man must deliver them a package and ask Mr. Dwyer if he is Mister or Mistress Dwyer! The film has plenty of comical and tender moments. Once, Mr. Dwyer ask a man in the street about what means the sentence: "Que pasa con los hombres olvidados?" from Pablo Neruda, for who he feels a strong admiration.

I'm delighted to see working together two of the greatest stars ever in one of their last performances.

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