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The End of the Tour (2015)

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The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'



(screenplay), (book)
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3 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
David Lipsky's Editor
Bookstore Manager
Airline Ticket Agent
NPR Host
Aquarium visitor / Dating movie goes (as Chelsea Lawrence)
Andrew Huff ...
United Ticket Agent
United Ticket Agent


The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'

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Imagine the greatest conversation you've ever had.


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 November 2015 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

A turné vége  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$123,238 (USA) (31 July 2015)


$2,993,669 (USA) (11 December 2015)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Throughout the movie, people ask David Lipsky about "Jann". For example, Wallace asks him at the start of their interview, "What does Jann want," and says as Lipsky is leaving, "Say hi to Jann for me." This is Jann S. Wenner, the cofounder and editor-in-chief of Rolling Stone Magazine. Although Wenner was always unusually well-known in the general culture for a magazine publisher, he had been especially prominent in the news during the period just prior to the time when Lipsky went to interview Wallace because Wenner had recently left his wife of two decades (also an executive at Wenner Media) for a much younger man. Although they separated in 1995, Jann and Jane Wenner did not actually get divorced until 2011, after same-sex marriage became legal in New York. See more »


In one scene, the Davids are seen in a 7-Eleven convenience store. The movie takes place in 1996, but the products shown all have more modern packaging. For example, Heinz ketchup is shown in its "upside-down" squeeze bottle, which was not introduced until 2002. See more »


David Foster Wallace: I'm not so sure you want to be me.
David Lipsky: I don't.
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References Jumanji (1995) See more »


Gold Soundz
Written by Stephen Malkmus
Performed by Pavement (as PAVEMENT)
Courtesy of Matador Records
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Definitely for a very select audience but the acting sure was nice...
20 October 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The End of the Tour" is a hard-sell of a movie. While it features Jesse Eisenberg (whose career have been very hot) and Jason Segal and you'd think the film would have mass appeal, it clearly does not. This isn't a complaint--many of the films I really enjoy are really not the sorts of films that would entertain the most viewers. Instead, it's a film for a narrow audience and if you think you might be among those who would appreciate the movie, by all means watch it. After all, you will see some very nice acting and the story improves and gains momentum as the film progresses.

The story is about an odd sort of interview that took place when David Lipsky (Eisenberg) of Rolling Stone Magazine hung out with literary star David Foster Wallace (Segal) for several days back in the late 1990s. Cutting right to the chase, the film begins with the announcement that Wallace committed suicide and the film is a flashback as Lipsky remembers the strange and very lengthy meeting the two had back in 1996. As I said, this lasted days as the two just hung out together and talked...making it far different than a typical magazine interview.

As far as what they talk about and the themes of their meeting go, this really isn't something I can really explain very well in a review-- you just need to see it and experience it. Instead, I would rather try to convey the style of their time together on the film. It feels like you are a fly on the wall as two intellectuals talk and talk and talk....and talk. Wallace generally presents more as an 'Every Man' sort of guy while Lipsky seems, at times, as if he's trying to impress his new friend with his intellectual prowess. What all this means...well, that's really up to the viewer.

The bottom line is that if you really like action films, this film's is probably not for you. If you love 'literature' as opposed to just reading a book for enjoyment, this movie might be exactly what you'd love to see. As for me, I think I'm in the middle on this one. I can really respect the acting as well as the filmmakers' desire to make a quality picture as opposed to a mass-marketed film. But, on the other hand, the film is slow and very deliberate. It also took a while until I really stared to appreciated it...and I'm not if I ever exactly enjoyed it.

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