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


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?


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 »


When the two arrived at the airport parking lot at the start of their trip to the Twin Cities, they drive past a Subaru Outback with a body style that was not introduced until 2010. See more »


David Foster Wallace: It may be in the old days what was known as a spiritual crisis: feeling as though every axiom in your life turned out to be false... and there was actually nothing. And that you were nothing. And that it's all a delusion and you're so much better than everybody 'cause you can see how this is just a delusion, and you're so much worse because you can't fucking function.
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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 Jeopardy! (1984) See more »


Written by Christine McVie
Performed by Chaka Khan
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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"I'm not sure you want to be me"
23 August 2015 | by aciessiSee all my reviews

Welcome inside the mind of David Foster Wallace. He's a peculiar man. He thinks he's a regular man, when he knows that he's a genius. He hates being a genius, and he hates being a regular guy. His life is as meandering as his dialogs recorded by David Lipsky. The End of the Tour feels more like a documentary, than dramatized narrative feature. So in effect, this movie is as real as it gets about David Foster Wallace. It's all about the acting here, and it shines. Jason Segel was born to play DFW. He proves to us that he is more than a series of cheap shots at his naked body. Here, he doesn't strip himself of his clothes, he strips himself of his emotions. I hope award season treats him very kindly. It's so natural, and easygoing, and pays a respect to Richard Linklater in tone. It's a scatterbrained wonder, a good film to watch on a lazy day.

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