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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.'


James Ponsoldt


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





Credited cast:
Anna Chlumsky ... Sarah
Joan Cusack ... Patty
Ron Livingston ... David Lipsky's Editor
Jesse Eisenberg ... David Lipsky
Jason Segel ... David Foster Wallace
Mamie Gummer ... Julie
Mickey Sumner ... Betsy
Becky Ann Baker ... Bookstore Manager
Dan John Miller ... NPR Host
Jennifer Jelsema ... Hotel Front Desk Clerk
Carrie Bradstreet ... Airline Ticket Agent
Chelsea Anne Lawrence ... Aquarium visitor / Dating movie goes (as Chelsea Lawrence)
Punnavith Koy ... Movie Goer
Scott Stangland Scott Stangland ... Party Friend 1
Rammel Chan ... Student #3


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


Imagine the greatest conversation you've ever had.


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

12 November 2015 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

A turné vége See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$123,238, 2 August 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,993,669, 13 December 2015
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Second time Jason Segel plays a character with a liking for Alanis Morissette's music. Here, David Foster Wallace has a poster of Morissette on the wall of his house. In How I Met Your Mother, Marshall, also played by Segel, tells his friends he has an extra ticket for the Alanis Morissette concert. See more »


Before heading to the airport Lipsky is seen scraping snow off the windows. As they pull out a line of snow is visible at the base of the back window. Later while driving the snow is gone. As they pull into the airport the snow is back. Snow inconsistency continues when they return from the airport. See more »


David Foster Wallace: I'm not saying watching t.v. is bad, or a waste of your time anymore than - like - masturbation is bad or a waste of your time; it's pleasant little way to spend a few minutes - but if you're doing it 20 times day; if your primary sexual relationship is with your hand - something is wrong...
David Lipsky: Yeah, except with masturbation at least some action is being performed, right; isn't it that, that's better?
David Foster Wallace: Ok; you can make me look like a real dick if you print this...
David Lipsky: [laughs] No, I'm not going to - but...
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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 »


References Charlie's Angels (1976) See more »


The Big Ship
Written by Brian Eno
Performed by Brian Eno
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited under license
from Universal Music Enterprises
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A thought provoking and emotional movie
21 August 2015 | by nickweningerSee all my reviews

The End of The Tour was a beautifully done movie that will not be widely seen or even heard of. This movie doesn't have explosions, or side splitting humor, or sex, or anything that sells in Hollywood these days. What this movie does have is a well written plot with fantastic dialogue, a great story, wonderful performances, and thought provoking themes that make you ponder what is really important. The End of The Tour is about the five day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (played by Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel). This five day interview took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's epic 1,000 page novel called Infinite Jest. An interview that would later turn out to be never published and not really heard about until Wallace's 2008 suicide. During this interview, we get to see inside what it is like between the two men. Like I said earlier, this movie asks a lot of deeper questions that will leave you thinking. Questions like what is really important? If I am unhappy right now, will having what someone has change that? That even being famous and looked upon by the public doesn't really make you truly happy. We have seen this time and time again with famous celebrities that everyone thinks has it all together, give it all away because of depression and loneliness. This movie does an excellent job of portraying that. My only critique about this movie is that you never really get to know the character David who was doing the interview. They allude to deeper issues within him but never dive into them and expose them. Average Man Score: 8/10

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