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The End of Violence (1997)

Mike is a successful Hollywood producer of violent movies. Then he himself experiences extreme violence, goes missing, joins some Latino gardeners and reviews his life.

Director:

Wim Wenders

Writers:

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 Stockard
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 Kenya (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

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Director Wim Wenders re-edited his film after the Cannes Film Festival premiere to improve the narrative structure. 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

Mike Max: Perversely. That's one thing I think I can define now. It's when things are upside down and you start to like 'em that way.
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Soundtracks

Theme For A Trucker
Written by Ryan Adams
Performed by Whiskeytown
Produced by Chris Stamey
Courtesy of Outpost Recordings, by arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
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It takes violence to snuff violence
26 January 2004 | by prairiemSee all my reviews

I'm not surprised that a child would not understand this movie. To me it was very meaningful, but only in terms of lived experience in jobs and politics. It's really "Brave New World," where authority figures keep order by putting up cameras everywhere and intervening to eliminate anyone who is disorderly or criminal. Violence is a huge preoccupation, but only tolerated as make-believe -- but the make-believe gets confused with real violence. Control, transgression, power are the pivots of the well-to-do. Ashcroft stuff.

But the Mexican and immigrant families offer a warmer, truer alternative. In the end, they are more powerful because they are free and can think. The Kinko's episode, in which the police are defeated from taking control by their own preconceptions, is a good example. As underlings, laborers, the Mexicans understand what's at stake and they are everywhere, invisible to their employers.

The intellectual technician doesn't catch on until it's too late.

I'm told that what I saw was a re-cut and that the early version was indeed chaotic with a lot of loose ends. All I can say is that now this is one of the videos I rewatch and ponder.


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Country:

France | Germany | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$386,673

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$386,673
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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