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The End (1978)

Slapstick black comedy about a man (Reynolds) who finds that he hasn't much longer to live and has bungled his attempts at suicide.

Director:

Burt Reynolds

Writer:

Jerry Belson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Wendell Sonny Lawson
Dom DeLuise ... Marlon Borunki
Sally Field ... Mary Ellen
Strother Martin ... Dr. Waldo Kling
David Steinberg ... Marty Lieberman
Joanne Woodward ... Jessica Lawson
Norman Fell ... Dr. Samuel Krugman
Myrna Loy ... Maureen Lawson
Kristy McNichol ... Julie Lawson
Pat O'Brien ... Ben Lawson
Robby Benson ... Father Dave Benson
Carl Reiner ... Dr. James Maneet
Louise LeTourneau Louise LeTourneau ... Receptionist
Bill Ewing Bill Ewing ... Hearse Driver
Robert Rothwell ... 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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Taglines:

Are there laughs before death? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A vég See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$44,917,151, 31 December 1978
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

James Best, who served as associate producer and has a small part as a pacemaker patient, was hired by Burt Reynolds to rewrite the script to make his character more in-depth. 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

Marlon Borunki: [Talking about why he strangled his father, which caused him to be put in the mental institution] You know, a lot of doctors have different theories about why I did it: Mother complex. Father complex. Feelings of inferiority. Suppressed rage. But I, and I alone, know the reason that I did it... It was because... he was so Polish!
Wendell Sonny Lawson: [a bit confused] "Polish"?
Marlon Borunki: When I was a kid, I was tormented with Polish jokes. Oh, you know, "Who was Poland's Man of the Year?" - Nobody. "How do you sing the Polish ...
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Alternate Versions

The original theatrical version had Glen Campbell singing the movie's theme, "Here's Another Fine Mess", but later prints had Paul Williams singing the song. The Campbell version is restored on the current TV versions and the Olive Films Blu-Ray. See more »

Connections

Referenced in DVD-R Hell: Am I Normal? A Film About Male Puberty (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Another Fine Mess
Written by Paul Williams
Performed by Glen Campbell and Paul Williams
(p) Capitol Records, Inc.
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Burt's friend is a lawyer and Jewish so he knows about pain...
12 December 2005 | by gbhamilton1966See all my reviews

This is a seriously black comedy which, although it contains a fair bit of slapstick, also features some of the most subtle comedic touches I've seen in a film. Little things which may be missed on a first or casual viewing can delight a dedicated fan of 70s comedy.

I've been a fan of this film since I came across it by accident as a teenager and now as I approach forty, it hasn't lost any of its delights for me and I was lucky enough to pick up an old second hand copy of the video so I can sit back and watch it if I'm ever in need of a good laugh.

Do yourself a favour and watch this film.


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