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The End of Violence (1997)

Mike Max is a Hollywood producer who became powerful and rich thanks to brutal and bloody action films. His ignored wife Paige is close to leaving him. Suddenly Mike is kidnapped by two ... See full summary »

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Wim Wenders

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Nicholas Klein (story), Wim Wenders (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Traci Lind ... Cat
Rosalind Chao ... Claire
Bill Pullman ... Mike Max
Andie MacDowell ... Paige
K. Todd Freeman ... Six O One
Gabriel Byrne ... Ray Bering
Chris Douridas ... Technician
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Frank Cray
John Diehl ... Lowell Lewis
Soledad St. Hilaire ... Anita
Nicole Ari Parker ... Ade (as Nicole Parker)
Daniel Benzali ... Brice Phelps
Samuel Fuller ... Louis Bering (as Sam Fuller)
Marshall Bell ... Sheriff Call
Frederic Forrest ... Ranger MacDermot
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Storyline

Mike Max is a Hollywood producer who became powerful and rich thanks to brutal and bloody action films. His ignored wife Paige is close to leaving him. Suddenly Mike is kidnapped by two bandits, but escapes and hides out with his Mexican gardener's family for a while. At the same time, surveillance expert Ray Bering is looking for what happens in the city, but it is not clear what he wants. The police investigation for Max's disappearance is led by detective Doc Block, who falls in love with actress Cat who is playing in ongoing Max's production. Written by Anonymous

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Nothing Lasts Forever

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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France | Germany | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El final de la violencia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,154, 14 September 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$283,033, 5 October 1997
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There is a scene in the film where we see a live recreation of the painting "Nighthawks" by Edward Hopper. See more »

Goofs

When Page is holding Mike at gunpoint she holds the gun upward with the bottom of the handle facing outward and the ammo clip is clearly missing. Yet when Mike exits through the patio door she fires the gun and shatters the glass. See more »

Quotes

Ramon: Violence is dead.
Six O One: No, no, no, no, no. Listen, let me tell you something friend. Violence is bigger than ever. You see, little baby white girls be piercing every floppy piece of skin they got, creaming to every flavor of gangsta. Pretty soon, records just gonna have the sounda... sounda gunshots on 'em! Man, everywhere you look, billboards got some big ass movie star holding some big-ass gun. Let me tell you something... motherfucker! Violence rules, man! Violence is flip! You don't like it, run...
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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(Untitled) Heavy Beat Part 1 & 2
Written, Performed & Produced by DJ Shadow
Courtesy of Mowax Recordings
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mmm. five is generous.
19 September 1998 | by phoenix-2See all my reviews

How 'bout a four? Visually, there are some great moments. I think the most interesting scenes are those where there is no dialogue but the camera follows the characters as they inwardly contemplate what this all means (Bill Pullman, Andie McDowell). Unfortunately, we as the viewers are also given (too much) time to contemplate what it means. Everything is WAY too understated. The movie slows to a stop in many places. You start to like it (the romance with Kat and the investigator, the interaction of Bill Pullman's character and the Mexican-American people) and then it doesn't follow through. The dialogue at the film school, in which the characters give a monologue for a class is probably the most interesting dialogue. Some rap, some tell a story, some recite their own poetry. That was the most moving part of the movie. While Wenders has a important point to make, it doesn't come through clearly and the viewer is left uncaring, uninterested. Maybe the only thing that could have helped the End of Violence is more good ole fashioned...violence <g>.


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