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The End (1978)




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Filled with jet-black gallows humor, this farcical comedy chronicles the quest of a terminally ill man to commit suicide. His first couple of attempts land him in a special rest home where he meets a loyal schizophrenic who vows to help his new friend end his life.

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Burt Reynolds
as Wendell Sonny Lawson
Sally Field
as Mary Ellen
Dom DeLuise
as Marlon Borunki
Strother Martin
as Dr. Waldo Kling
Joanne Woodward
as Jessica Lawson
Kristy McNichol
as Julie Lawson
David Steinberg
as Marty Lieberman
Norman Fell
as Dr. Krugman
Myrna Loy
as Maureen Lawson
Pat O'Brien
as Ben Lawson
Robby Benson
as The Priest
Carl Reiner
as Dr. Maneet
Louise Letourneau
as Receptionist
Bill Ewing
as Hearse Driver
Robert Rothwell
as Limousine Driver
Harry Caesar
as Hospital Orderly
James Best
as Pacemaker Patient
Peter Gonzales
as Latin Lover
Connie Fleming
as Girl Dancer
Janice Carroll
as Ballet Teacher
Ken Johnson
as Whistling Lunatic
Frank McRae
as Tall Male Nurse
Alfie Wise
as Short Male Nurse
Jock Mahoney
as Old Man
Edward Albrecht
as Insurance Man
Patrick Moody
as Old Man's Son
Carolyn Martin
as Old Man's Daughter-In-Law
Queenie Smith
as Old Lady in Car
Jean Ann Coulter
as Driving Teacher
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Critic Reviews for The End

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

A tasteless and overripe comedy that disintegrates very early into hysterical, undisciplined hamming.

February 23, 2012 | Full Review…

An engaging attempt to take the piss out of the crocodile tears that have been gleefully exploited since Love Story.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is half-heartedly satiric material that's been directed by Mr. Reynolds as if it were broad, knock-about comedy sometimes and, at other times, as if it were meant to evoke pathos, which it never does.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

So what's wrong? Practically everything. For all of its good intentions, The End is a tone poem in misgauged effects. It simply doesn't work.

November 1, 2019 | Full Review…

An acceptable commercial product that's entertaining despite its notable lack of structure. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 2, 2019 | Full Review…

The madcap fun doesn't kick in until Dom DeLuise shows up as the energized wacko Polish inmate in the same loony bin as Burt Reynolds.

July 20, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The End

A hilarious dark comedy with an all star cast, and directed by Reynolds. I love it, and I highly recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

This movie is terrible. It also shows that Burt Reynolds is an egotistical maniac. Bar none, it has the most unfunny racial humor I have ever heard. (Imagine Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino, but not funny and every "joke" making you feel sleazy for being a white person). Then Dom DeLuise (did he have something going on the side with Burt?) kept saying these retarded Polish jokes that I heard when I was a kid and they weren't funny then. Everyone in this movie is terrible (Sally Field LOOKS amazing in this film). I imagine Burt sitting back and watching the dailies and thinking what a funny guy he was while everyone of his ass-kissing crew sat around and chuckled along with him. It is rare when you can find a movie that shows the true soul of a filmmaker, and in the case of Burt Reynolds, he's a douschebag.

Tim Sigur
Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

Rating this from memories of long ago. Need to see it again. Rating may or may not change.

Cindy I
Cindy I

Super Reviewer

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