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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.


Burt Reynolds


Jerry Belson




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


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 »


Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


Robby Benson plays the supporting role of Father Dave Benson in this picture. Star Burt Reynolds would later star in Benson's movie Modern Love (1990). See more »


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 »


Marlon Borunki: I hope your nuts rust!
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Alternate Versions

In the theatrical version Dom DeLuise's character was repeatedly referred to as Polish. This was overdubbed to "foolish" for the DVD and TV versions of the movie. See more »


Remake of The Odd Job (1978) See more »


You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
Written by Vini Poncia and Leo Sayer
Portion sung by Harry Caesar
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Dom DeLuise is GOD!
2 January 2005 | by caspian1978See 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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Release Date:

10 May 1978 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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