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The End

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Director: Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Sally Field, Strother Martin

Cast: Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Sally Field, Strother Martin

 

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At the beginning of The End, Wendell Sonny Lawson (Burt Reynolds) is informed by his doctor that he's dying from "the same thing Ali MacGraw had in Love Story." Lawson's first reaction is to cry uncontrollably, much to the discomfort of his fellow elevator passengers. He heads to a nearby church to confess all his sins, only to be distracted by the

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At the beginning of The End, Wendell Sonny Lawson (Burt Reynolds) is informed by his doctor that he's dying from "the same thing Ali MacGraw had in Love Story." Lawson's first reaction is to cry uncontrollably, much to the discomfort of his fellow elevator passengers. He heads to a nearby church to confess all his sins, only to be distracted by the wide-eyed fecklessness of the novice priest (Robby Benson). Attempting to resolve a few issues with ex-wife Mary Ellen (Sally Field), daughter Julie (Kristy McNichol), and his parents (Myrna Loy and Pat O'Brien), Lawson finds that they're all too absorbed in their own problems to pay him any attention. At the end of his rope, Lawson decides to kill himself -- with the help of a nutty mental patient (Dom DeLuise).

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Although it isn't as well remembered as Smokey and the Bandit or The Longest Yard, this is one of Burt Reynolds' finest all-around achievements. Jerry Belson's script is a marvel of black comedy, balancing its distinctly non-PC takes on life, family, and mental health with enough unexpected moments of heart and drama to keep it from devolving into a mean-spirited rant. Reynolds lives up to the daring of this offbeat material by throwing himself into it fearlessly, making the character of Sonny charming without trying to gloss over his self-indulgent nature or quixotic tendencies. Reynolds also turns in some commendable work as a director, pacing the gags well and weaving in the dramatic moments so they add punch without becoming overdone. The End further benefits from a stellar supporting cast: Dom DeLuise is the obvious standout with his screwball turn as the mental patient who befriends Sonny, but Carl Reiner, David Steinberg, and James Best all turn in memorable performances in cameo roles. Also of note is Joanne Woodward, who takes time out from her usual dramatic fare to show a surprising skill for comedy as Sonny's bitter ex-wife. All in all, The End is a fantastic comedy that retains its satirical bite and might even appeal to viewers who don't normally go for Burt Reynolds films.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/27/2015
UPC:
0887090110006
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
R
Source:
Olive Films
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
13,276

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Reynolds Wendell Sonny Lawson
Dom DeLuise Marion Borunki
Sally Field Mary Ellen
Strother Martin Dr. Waldo Ming
David Steinberg Marty Lieberman
Joanne Woodward Jessica
Norman Fell Dr. Samuel Krugman
Myrna Loy Maureen Lawson
Pat O'Brien Ben Lawson
Robby Benson The Priest
Carl Reiner Dr. Maneet
James Best Pacemaker Patient
Jock Mahoney Old Man
David Spielberg Actor
Kristy McNichol Julie Lawson
Louise Letourneau Receptionist
Bill Ewing Hearse Driver
Robert Rothwell Limousine Driver
Harry Caesar Hospital Orderly
Peter Gonzales Latin Lover
Janice Carroll Ballet Teacher
Ken Johnson Whistling Lunatic
Frank McRae Tall Male Nurse
Alfie Wise Short Male Nurse
Jerry Fujikawa Gardner
Patrick Moody Old Man's Son
Queenie Smith Old Lady in Car
Walter Matthau Actor

Technical Credits
Burt Reynolds Director
Kurt Baker Asst. Director
Jerry Belson Screenwriter
Bobby Byrne Cinematographer
Donn Cambern Editor
Violet Cane Costumes/Costume Designer
John Franco Set Decoration/Design
Lawrence Gordon Producer
Hank Moonjean Executive Producer
Hal Needham Stunts
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Norman Salling Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Solomon Sound/Sound Designer
Cliff Wenger Special Effects
Carol Wenger Special Effects
Paul Williams Score Composer

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS MOVIE WAS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST MOVIES THE CAST WAS EXCELLANT AND I NEVER STOPPED LAUGHING.