The Living End

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Overview

A gentle film critic hooks up with a violent drifter in this HIV-positive road movie, which marked the emergence of writer/director Gregg Araki into the art house mainstream. Jon (Craig Gilmore) has just learned he has the virus that causes AIDS. Still in a state of shock, he stumbles through his usual routine -- until he meets Luke (Mike Dytri), a hunky, gun-toting hitchhiker who has just stolen a car from a pair of homicidal lesbians and shot a trio of would-be gay bashers. Against his better judgment, Jon lets...
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Overview

A gentle film critic hooks up with a violent drifter in this HIV-positive road movie, which marked the emergence of writer/director Gregg Araki into the art house mainstream. Jon (Craig Gilmore) has just learned he has the virus that causes AIDS. Still in a state of shock, he stumbles through his usual routine -- until he meets Luke (Mike Dytri), a hunky, gun-toting hitchhiker who has just stolen a car from a pair of homicidal lesbians and shot a trio of would-be gay bashers. Against his better judgment, Jon lets Luke stay at his place and soon finds himself drawn into the nihilistic stranger's world; it doesn't hurt that Luke is also HIV-positive and hot to get inside Jon's pants. Things take a Bonnie and Clyde turn when Luke kills a policeman. The pair go on the lam, first to San Francisco, then all over the western United States. Jon keeps his best friend, Darcy (Darcy Marta), apprised of his situation via a series of ever more infrequent collect calls. But as the road trip continues, Jon becomes increasingly disillusioned with Luke's belief that since they're doomed to die, they should lead consequence-free lives. Like Araki's later movies, The Living End is peppered with pop culture detritus and features a soundtrack heavy on industrial and alternative music -- in this case Psychic TV, Coil, and Fred Gianelli. Marta is a veteran of Araki's earlier Three Bewildered People in the Night, while several other cast members, including Gilmore, would go on to appear in the director's Totally F***ed Up. The Living End's many cameos include performance artist Johanna Went, Eating Raoul director Paul Bartel, Warhol associate Mary Woronov, and Peter Grame, star of the obscure European film Das Gluck Beim Haendewaschen.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Newly remastered hi-def digital restoration; 5.1 digital stereo remix supervised by director; Original theatrical trailer; Director's commentary; Gallery of unpublished photos; Design art concepts; Sundance 2008 Q&A session; Special collector's booklet featuring original presskit, exclusive photos and memorabilia
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • UPC: 712267273225
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Rating:

  • Source: Strand Home Video
  • Presentation: Remastered / Colorized
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 53,511

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mike Dytri Luke
Craig Gilmore Jon
Darcy Marta Darcy
Scot Goetz Peter
Paul Bartel Twister Master
Sidney J. Bestwick Buddhist
Jon Gerrans Three Stooges Member
Torie Chickering Arguing person at Ralphs
Nicole Dillenberg Barbie
Mark Finch Doctor
Peter Grame Gus
Michael Haynes Jane
Stephen Holman 7-11 Couple
Jack Kofman Three Stooges Member
Peter Lanigan Three Stooges Member
Craig Lee Arguing person at Ralphs
Christopher Mabli NeoNazi
Michael Now Tarzan
Magie Song 7-11 Couple
Bretton Vail Ken
Johanna Went Fern
Mary Woronov Daisy
Technical Credits
Gregg Araki Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Screenwriter
Cole Coonce Score Composer
Jon Gerrans Producer
Marcus Hu Producer
Jim Stark Co-producer
Jon Jost Executive Producer
Henry Rosenthal Executive Producer
Andrea Sperling Associate Producer
Mike Thomas Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Living End
1. The Beginning [7:01]
2. Bad Karma [2:12]
3. I Blame Society [10:48]
4. Guys' Bodies [8:08]
5. Must Be Fate [11:18]
6. Jon + Luke 4ever [8:33]
7. Paradise Motel [6:35]
8. Changed [6:30]
9. Ultimate Orgasm [9:40]
10. Coming Home [6:25]
11. The End [5:44]
12. Credits [1:38]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Living End
   Play Feature
   Chapters
   Audio Set Up
      5.1 Surround Sound
      2.0 Stereo
   Bonus Features
      Director's Commentary: On
      Director's Commentary: Off
      Sundance 2008 Q&A
      Original Theatrical Trailer
      Other Strand Titles
         Mysterious Skin
         Swoon
         Crush
         Time to Leave
      Photo Gallery
      Design Art Concepts
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2001

    Very Important Lesson

    ''The Living End'' Is a good movie, that although a little dark in the story line has a good lesson. Craig Gilmore and Mike Dytri do a good job as the leading men, even though they show you what not to do.

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