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The End of the Tour (2015)

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The End of the Tour is a movie starring Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, and Anna Chlumsky. 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.'

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Credited cast:
... David Lipsky
... Sarah
... David Foster Wallace
... Patty
... David Lipsky's Editor
... Julie
... Bookstore Manager
... Betsy
... Airline Ticket Agent
... NPR Host
... Aquarium visitor / Dating movie goes (as Chelsea Lawrence)
... Movie Goer
... United Ticket Agent
... Hotel Front Desk Clerk
Johnny Otto ... Pilot
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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.'

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Imagine the greatest conversation you've ever had.

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Biography | Drama

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

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12 November 2015 (Brazil)  »

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A turné vége  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$123,238, 2 August 2015, Limited Release

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$2,993,669, 13 December 2015
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According to the director, at least one family member of David Foster Wallace has seen the movie. Out of respect for the privacy of the family he wouldn't say anything more than that the reaction was positive and the person liked the film. See more »

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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 »

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David Lipsky: [final lines] When I think of this trip, I see David and me in the front seat of his car. We are both so young. He wants something better than he has. I want precisely what he has already. Neither of us knows where our lives are going to go. It smells like chewing tobacco, soda and smoke. And the conversation is the best one I ever had. David thought books existed to stop you from feeling lonely. If I could, I'd say to David that living those days with him reminded me of what life is like, ...
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References Sense and Sensibility (1995) See more »

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You Oughta Know
Written by Glen Ballard and Alanis Morissette
Performed by Alanis Morissette
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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How do these 'kids' channel men of another era so well?
16 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

We're currently attending a film festival and this is one of the featured films. My first indication that this might be more than I expected was the line of young people, including many young women, who were interested in getting what amounts to stand by tickets for the showing that featured an after movie panel discussion with Jason Segel and the director, James Ponsoldt. Now, I only know of Segel's work and haven't seen much of it. He isn't a particular attraction for me, but after seeing this movie, I'm quite sold on his ability especially when nurtured by the sensibilities of Mr Ponsoldt. The director read Mr Wallace's greatest work 'Infinite Jest' back when it first came out to huge success and makes sure you get a glimpse of the man's ability and charm.

Probably the only unfortunate part of all this is that this movie is not going to have wide appeal. It is almost exclusively about the real life meeting between a Rolling Stone journalist and newly minted super-author David Foster Wallace, back in the 90s. As such it is almost all dialog meant to convey a sense of Mr Wallace's breadth of knowledge about popular culture and his imagination.

There's little drama or action here in the usual sense. Still Mr Segel is most effective in breathing life into the man such that you would love to have known him. Even his co-star, Jesse Eisenberg, who I don't usually warm up to, is quite up to the task at hand, i.e., sparring with the great author to get the real man down on paper.

I loved the film, but I must make special mention that, for a film filled with dialog, for once, I caught every word. There was no asking my wife, what did he say? Why can't every film be as carefully constructed?


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