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The End of the Tour (2015)

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The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'

Director:

James Ponsoldt

Writers:

Donald Margulies (screenplay), David Lipsky (book)
4 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jesse Eisenberg ... David Lipsky
Anna Chlumsky ... Sarah
Jason Segel ... David Foster Wallace
Joan Cusack ... Patty
Ron Livingston ... David Lipsky's Editor
Mamie Gummer ... Julie
Becky Ann Baker ... Bookstore Manager
Mickey Sumner ... Betsy
Dan John Miller ... NPR Host
Carrie Bradstreet ... Airline Ticket Agent
Jennifer Jelsema ... Hotel Front Desk Clerk
Punnavith Koy ... Movie Goer
Maria Wasikowski ... P.A.
Scott Stangland Scott Stangland ... Party Friend 1
Johnny Otto Johnny Otto ... Pilot
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Storyline

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Imagine the greatest conversation you've ever had.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 2015 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

The End of the Tour See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$123,238, 2 August 2015

Gross USA:

$3,002,884

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,072,991
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The song heard on the soundtrack when the film ends is "The Big Ship" by Brian Eno, one of David Foster Wallace's favorite songs. It was also used for the climax of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015), another film that premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, a billboard for McDonald's can be seen at the far right of a gas station, designed at the time of the film's production. Though not clear to see, it uses the slogan "I'm lovin' it", which was not introduced until 2003. See more »

Quotes

David Foster Wallace: [as both of them open the car door] You didn't think to write where we parked the car?
David Lipsky: No, I didn't. Okay? Sorry, I fucked up. I'm a fuck up. Not everybody could be as brilliant as you.
David Foster Wallace: What is with you?
David Lipsky: What the fuck is with you?
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Crazy Credits

Halfway through the closing credits, there is an extra scene told from the perspective of David Foster Wallace as Lipsky goes to the bathroom to wash out the chewing tobacco. It shows what Wallace did while he was in the bathroom: he speaks privately into the tape recorder. See more »

Connections

References Charlie's Angels (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Wait
Written by John Smith (as John Robert Smith)
Performed by Nu Shooz
Courtesy of Nu Shooz Orchestra
By arrangement with Spirit Music Group
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Superb Writing, Superb Interpretation
31 January 2015 | by warevjensenSee all my reviews

Saw this film last weekend at its world premiere at Sundance. First of all, Donald Margulies' script was fantastic. I am slightly partial to good writing in film, so perhaps that's just what stood out to me, but the dialogue is incredibly well-written and natural and at least generally captures David Foster Wallace's fascinating way of talking. In essence (and in the best of ways), nothing really happens in this movie. There isn't a lot of high stakes drama, but that's exactly what makes it so compelling. It's like we as the audience get a glimpse into two men struggling with the same ideas about life, art, expression, addiction, culture, and depression.

Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg live up to the task of interpreting the script, helped along the way by director James Ponsoldt. The direction is simple, and the camera work is relatively basic throughout, giving the actors plenty of room to work with natural rhythm. Segel definitely impressed me, as this was the first dramatic role I've seen him in. While he didn't exactly capture some of Wallace's real-life mannerisms, I'm not sure if that was exactly the point of the film. He interpreted the script in a powerful way, and I think that that ended up working out quite well for the overall tone of the film. Eisenberg played his usual somewhat neurotic, slightly asshole- ish character very well, and I thought it fit the reporter role perfectly.

Overall, I would strongly recommend the film. 9/10


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