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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)
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Credited cast:
Ron Livingston ... David Lipsky's Editor
Jesse Eisenberg ... David Lipsky
Joan Cusack ... Patty
Anna Chlumsky ... Sarah
Jason Segel ... David Foster Wallace
Mamie Gummer ... Julie
Mickey Sumner ... Betsy
Becky Ann Baker ... Bookstore Manager
Dan John Miller ... NPR Host
Carrie Bradstreet ... Airline Ticket Agent
Chelsea Anne Lawrence ... Aquarium visitor / Dating movie goes (as Chelsea Lawrence)
Punnavith Koy ... Movie Goer
Jennifer Jelsema ... Hotel Front Desk Clerk
Ken Price ... Airport Business Traveler
Johnny Otto Johnny Otto ... Pilot


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?


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 »


Before leaving the Minneapolis hotel for the radio interview with NPR, David Lipsky knocks on David Foster Wallace's door which is numbered 1049. Later, when they are riding the elevator in silence, 17 rings can be heard as each floor is passed. The elevator finally stops at the 10th floor. See more »


David Foster Wallace: It's so much easier having dogs.
David Lipsky: Ha, ha - I'm sure.
David Foster Wallace: I mean, yes, you don't get laid, but you don't have that feeling, like you're hurting their feelings, all the time.
David Lipsky: Right, right.
David Foster Wallace: I'd like to emphasise strictly platonic relationship with the dogs.
David Lipsky: He he; I'll make sure I'll highlight it in the article, sure.
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References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »


Written by Jean Philippe Crespin
Provided courtesy of Opus 1 Music
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How do these 'kids' channel men of another era so well?
16 April 2015 | by socrates99See 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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