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The Living End (1992)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 21 August 1992 (USA)
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Luke is a gay hustler. Jon is a movie critic. Both are HIV positive. They go on a hedonistic, dangerous journey, their motto "Fuck the world".

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Gregg Araki

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Gregg Araki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Dytri Mike Dytri ... Luke
Craig Gilmore ... Jon
Mark Finch Mark Finch ... Doctor
Mary Woronov ... Daisy
Johanna Went Johanna Went ... Fern
Darcy Marta Darcy Marta ... Darcy
Scott Goetz ... Peter
Brett Vail Brett Vail ... Ken (as Bretton Vail)
Nicole Dillenberg Nicole Dillenberg ... Barbie
Stephen Holman Stephen Holman ... 7-11 Couple
Magie Song ... 7-11 Couple
Peter Lanigan Peter Lanigan ... Three Stooges
Jon Gerrans Jon Gerrans ... Three Stooges
Jack Kofman Jack Kofman ... Three Stooges
Chris Mabli Chris Mabli ... Melrose NeoNazi (as Christopher Mabli)
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Luke is a gay hustler. Jon is a movie critic. Both are HIV positive. They go on a hedonistic, dangerous journey, their motto "Fuck the world".

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An Irresponsible Movie by Gregg Araki

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Viver Até o Fim See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$22,769 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$692,585
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Gregg Araki had the opportunity to remaster the film in 2009. This was important to him because it was being shown in universities in history lessons about queer cinema, and most of the universities were showing tired copies on VHS. See more »

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Jon: I'm not going to fondle your crotch right now.
Luke: Why not?
Jon: Because I'm a responsible driver.
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A classic of gay cinema
11 October 2002 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Two HIV+ men go on a road trip. Basically that's about it. It's not as depressing as it sounds. There's lots of humor in the movie but no pulling back on the anger they feel.

The camera-work is shaky, the sound goes from audible to inaudible more than once and there really is no plot. Also, must we have the tired old stereotypes of two lesbians being psychopaths? But the dialogue contains more truth than any Hollywood movie I've seen. For instance, at one point, one of the guys goes "Let's go to Washington and inject our blood in the President. Want to bet they'll find a cure in 30 seconds?" Sadly, I believe they would. This was WAY ahead of its time in 1992. It was angry, in your face and catch a look at a little message after the closing credits,.

Grim, funny, powerful with a sad (but truthful) ending. Also Mike Dytri is one of the most beautiful, hunky men I've ever seen.

A must-see for gay men.


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