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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Wendell Sonny Lawson
... Marlon Borunki
... Mary Ellen
... Dr. Waldo Kling
... Marty Lieberman
... Jessica Lawson
... Dr. Samuel Krugman
... Maureen Lawson
... Julie Lawson
... Ben Lawson
... Father Dave Benson
... Dr. James Maneet
Louise LeTourneau ... Receptionist
Bill Ewing ... Hearse Driver
... 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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Are there laughs before death? See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$44,917,151, 31 December 1978
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Trivia

As Sonny is going to look in the ICU, the hospital speaker says "Dr. Cambern, please call intensive care" and "Dr. Cambern, never mind." Donn Cambern was the film's editor. See more »

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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

Marlon Borunki: It's very interesting the way you woke up cursing. A large percentage of attempted suicides wake up with exclamations of hostility.
Wendell Sonny Lawson: Where am I?
Marlon Borunki: 92% of them ask that. You're in La Playa.
Wendell Sonny Lawson: The nut house?
Marlon Borunki: That's a cruel label. We prefer, booby hatch.
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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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Dom DeLuise is GOD!
2 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Burt Reynolds throws himself in front of and behind the camera in this 1978 gem of a comedy. Not the best comedy that year, but far from the worse. Reynolds may have bit off more than he could chew by directing and acting all in one, but the final product was funny enough for cinemas. Still, without Dom DeLuise, this movie would be far from watchable. It is DeLuise that saves this movie. At sometimes dark, The End mixes mild comedy which delivers this Woody Allen (who wrote the original script) type story. DeLuise is nothing but brilliant as the lovable, yet crazy friend of Reynolds. This movie is nothing but fun. Not the best movie, but a nice story with an interesting cast of characters.


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