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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 »

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
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

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

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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Dolby | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

Six O One: Yo, madam Max. I'm supposed to tell you to hand over the computer and cooperate with the powers that be but you know that's not exactly my style. I say just take your own sweet time, madam Max. It's a cold world out here, even in the sun. You're a beautiful lady. You stay warm.
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You May Feel Me Crying
Written by Will Jennings and Richard Kerr
Performed by Roy Orbison
Courtesy of Orbison Records, Inc.
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Heady movie forgets its brain
12 August 1999 | by GradeZSee all my reviews

I don't think I've ever seen a movie that is so cerebral yet so poor at the same time. Wim Wenders is certainly revered in the film community for his offbeat ethereal productions (i.e. Wings of Desire), however, nothing profound or comprehensible can be extracted from his latest effort. It is as if four or five scripts were dropped in a studio parking lot by some clumsy intern and what was left was thrown together so that somebody wouldn't get fired. There are some common links between the characters but what does any of it have to do with the underlying plot of satellite surveillance? I kept waiting for the film to decide which plot it thought was most interesting, but it remained undecided to the very end. This was a frustrating experience to say the least.

The most aggravating aspect of this film is the fact that none of the parties involved appear to incompetent, so how is this movie so bad? Maybe I missed something...

The one saving grace of this film is the performance of Udo Kier as a German director. He alone mutters the one or two lines that managed to get me to crack a smile during this disaster.


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