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Living End (1992)

Gregg Araki , Craig Gilmore  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gregg Araki, Craig Gilmore, Mike Dytri
  • Format: Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Platinum Disc
  • DVD Release Date: June 25, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008W2N7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,575 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Living End" on IMDb

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DVD, NTSC, region 1, digitally remastered, audio: ENG, rated R, running time approx 85 min

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Araki's touching masterpiece July 18, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Probably the greatest -- certainly the angriest and funniest -- film ever made about HIV+ young men. It is 'dedicated' to a Republican government (George I) that cares nothing for its citizens with AIDS.

"The Living End" is a remarkable love story. It begins with Jon (Craig Gilmore) being rather glibly told that he is HIV+. A mild-mannered film critic who never rocked the boat, Jon is dazed and confused. Just as he is wondering what he will do next, Jon meets Luke (perfectly played by Mike Dytri), a stunningly handsome trouble-magnet (and the sweetest hunk you'll ever see) who is on the lam. Their lives are changed forever. With a super-heated film chemistry, Jon and Luke fall in love. With nothing to lose, they set out on a darkly comic and violent crime spree -- Thelma and Louise with a twist. The world around them is dangerous, and the road of love is rocky: they fight, break up, make up, make love, but find that, in the end, they still have each other. Theirs is, quite simply, one of the most gut-wrenching and genuine love stories ever filmed.

This film masterpiece deserved a first class Criterion remastering, but the Strand Releasing version is the next best thing. The picture is bright and clear and there are lots of extras. You will not be left unscathed, or untouched, by Araki's powerful gospel of Jon and the beautiful Luke.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance! Araki's film is a gem! June 29, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"The Living End" is an independent film in every sense of the word: no music, no production design or apparent costume design, no special effects or widescreen ratio, and no Hollywood gloss. What it does have it a simple story of two men involved in a "Thelma and Louise" storyline who share an offbeat, unconventional yet touching romance. Moments of black comedy tinged with violence and preachy dialogue provide a nice collaboration, though there are a few pitfalls involving the inclusion of supporting characters.
The story goes like this: two guys are introduced to us in separate lifestyles. Jon has just discovered that he is HIV-positive, though his outlook on life is not so hindered as he expected it would be. Luke, a drifter, makes his way to the city, where, upon brutally murdering three gay-bashers, he hitches a ride with unsuspecting Jon back to his place, where quaint small talk turns into a night of passion.
Right from the beginning, their attachment to one another is kinetic and bursting with energy, moreso than in the regular romances Hollywood pelts us with. Yet they have their disputes, and after a fight over Luke beating up a gay-basher, Jon demands that he leave, only to find that he cannot stop thinking about him. When Luke returns, he reveals that he has killed a cop, though Jon seems unmoved by the revelation, and continues to hold and embrace him, a very touching moment.
The two embark on a journey to nowhere, where they discover their love for one another and the many differences they share on their outlook on society and life itself. Luke knows that he loves Jon more than anything else in life, but Jon becomes unsettled by Luke's violent acts and short fuse. The movie then generates into a question of whether they will be together in the end or not.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE GAY FILM, ONE FOR UR COLLECTION! August 2, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I would have gladly rated this movie with ***** stars, but, the picture was not clear and the sound kept going from 2-10 decibels.
The acting was great and the actors really worked with each other and fit together.
This is a love, all of us dream about! Luke is wild, physical and a little on the crazed-side, handy with a gun. But, he still can relate with his tender side as shown in the shower scene and his admitted love for Jon, as he tells Jon "you will never find anyone who loves you the way I do" And Jon soon realizes this ; although he doesn't like the way Luke snuffs-out homophobic red-necks, he cannot tear himself away.
At one point Jon kicks Luke out,then cannot get him out of his mind.
Luke returns, enters Jon's apartment and Jon awakens to Luke standing before him with the gun in his mouth(this is one of the greatest scenes ever). If for no other reason, you have got to see this scene.
They have their fights, but Luke always maintains his love for Jon. And you feel the deep love Jon has for Luke.
This film came out in 1993, where have I been that I missed this great film. I have nothing to compare it with except the intense film 'BENT'.
But, I know some of the milk-sop movies from our great film capital cannot sit in the same room as this film.
Accolades for Araki, Dytri and Gilmore!!
It WOULD really be great to see what they could do with this in DVD. They might be able to get the pic. and sound fixed. Rated *** but wanted to rate *****!ciao yaaah69
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Thelma and Louise' with a twist July 28, 1999
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Gregg Araki expertly and faultlessly takes the 'buddy' film and elevates it with black humor, nihilism, and a bittersweet love story in this little gem. He angrily 'dedicates' it to a Republican government which cares nothing for the suffering of it's citizens with AIDS. Sad to say, not much has changed since the days of Bush I when this remarkable film was made.
"The Living End" opens with Jon (Craig Gilmore) being rather glibly told he is HIV+. Dazed and confused, his outlook on life and work is forever altered. One gets the impression that he was rather a 'goody two-shoes' prior to this announcement, but that all changes when he meets Luke (perfectly played by Mike Dytri), a stunningly handsome, sweet hunk on the lam. A veritable magnet for trouble with his in-your-face anger toward the homophobia which surrounds them, he is also HIV+. Jon and Luke begin a violent, surreal, humorous crime-spree and passionate love affair (one of the most honest on film). They fight, break up, make up, make love, and ultimately come to terms with each other. The world around them is hateful and senseless, but they will protect each other.
"The Living End" (Araki's masterpiece and the best HIV film ever made) has finally been released on DVD by Platinum Discs, for which I am deeply grateful. But it truly deserves a full re-mastering on the level of Criterion, with comment by its extraordinary participants. I mean, whatever happened to the magnificent Mike Dytri?!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A real snoozer
Again another film with stereotypical uninteresting characters and very poor production values and third rate acting. What a waste of time.
Published 6 months ago by Ashton R. Alvis
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging
I found this movie strangely mesmerizing. Two gay guys from very different worlds are thrown together, and the strength of their attraction for each other overcomes the deep... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lost in Vegas
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Drama
I choose this rating because this move has some real twists and turns. I liked this movie because it moved at a pace that you didn't know what was going to happen next. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tsong244
4.0 out of 5 stars Me and my shadow have HIV+ diagnosis. What to do?
Facing HIV+ in the early days was a death sentence. At least that is what the characters in this story perceive their situation to be. Synchronicity pulls these two men together. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Whiteagle
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie with a good bit of violence
Over all a good movie. There is lots of violence that is not as appealing to me as I get older. Probably just me. The story line is good and the characters are well developed.
Published 11 months ago by D. M. Freind
3.0 out of 5 stars the living end
Not too bad of a story line and they make a good pair. Wish the ending was a little better, would have like to know what they decided to do with their lives.
Published 12 months ago by Ed
4.0 out of 5 stars The Living End
this movie had the sense of a Shakespearean tragedy: love, tension, conflict and then death! Unfortunately, Luke had all the makings of a great lover except he could not control... Read more
Published 13 months ago by pscheck
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Visiting Old Friends
I loved this movie and i hated the characters in it, but it tells their story well, even if you find yourself not believing all of it, it is worth your time.
Published 15 months ago by MikeChgo
5.0 out of 5 stars Greg Araki does It again
Been following this guys films and this one is as good as his others. What a different and unexpected movie. His movie Mysterious Skin was great also. I highly recommend this.
Published 16 months ago by Mark
1.0 out of 5 stars Living End
Horrible movie...horrible movie...horrible movie...need I say more. The story...the acting ( what acting??? ) all do not waste your money on this film.
Published 22 months ago by Matti Kniva Spencer
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