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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)
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Credited cast:
Ron Livingston ... David Lipsky's Editor
Jesse Eisenberg ... David Lipsky
Joan Cusack ... Patty
Jason Segel ... David Foster Wallace
Anna Chlumsky ... Sarah
Mamie Gummer ... Julie
Mickey Sumner ... Betsy
Becky Ann Baker ... Bookstore Manager
Dan John Miller ... NPR Host
Carrie Bradstreet ... Airline Ticket Agent
Jennifer Jelsema ... Hotel Front Desk Clerk
Punnavith Koy ... Movie Goer
Joel Thingvall Joel Thingvall ... Movie Theater Usher
Stephanie Cotton ... United Ticket Agent
Ken Price ... Airport Business Traveler
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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.'

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 »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 2015 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

A turné vége See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$123,238, 2 August 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,993,669, 13 December 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter Donald Margulies was one of director James Ponsoldt's playwriting teachers in college. See more »

Goofs

When discussing movies to see at the Mall of America theatre, David says that the film The Juror is based on a John Grisham novel. It's not a Grisham adaptation, and is actually based on a novel by George Dawes Green. See more »

Quotes

David Foster Wallace: Well, I think being shy basically means being self-absorbed to the extent that it makes it difficult to be around other people.
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References Jumanji (1995) See more »

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They Don't Know
Written by Kirsty MacColl
Performed by Tracey Ullman
Courtesy of Stiff Records under exclusive
license to Razor & Tie Direct, LLC
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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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