The End 1978 R

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(80) IMDb 6.2/10

Burt Reynolds stars as a man who loses his will to live after he learns that he has only three months to live. At first he seeks solace form a priest (Reynolds' first confessional in 20 years). The priest's celestial comment is "Wow!" Reynolds attempts suicide--andfails, waking up from his effort in an insane asylum.

Starring:
Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise
Runtime:
1 hour 41 minutes

The End

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Burt Reynolds
Starring Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise
Supporting actors Sally Field, Strother Martin, David Steinberg, Joanne Woodward, Norman Fell, Myrna Loy, Kristy McNichol, Pat O'Brien, Robby Benson, Carl Reiner, Louise LeTourneau, Bill Ewing, Robert Rothwell, Harry Caesar, James Best, Peter Gonzales Falcon, Connie Fleming, Janice Carroll
Studio MGM
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Customer Reviews

This is one of the funniest movies ever.
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It was nice to see again and it's time that I bought it to add to my collection.
J. B. Barbour
It still has some funny parts but moves at a slow pace.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lee LS Rice on April 29, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Burt Reynolds directs and stars in this much underrated black comedy which also features Dom DeLuise, Sally Field and Carl Reiner. Reynolds plays Sony Lawson who is diagnosed as having a toxic blood disease. From this rather bleak premise stem a series of hilarious sequences, including the diagnosis itself by a very unsympathetic doctor, and Reynolds confessing his sins in church to a juvenile priest. Adamant that he'll die with dignity, Reynolds resolves not to tell his daughter, parents, girlfriend or ex-wife about his terminal illness, and he tries to cope with it himself by committing suicide. But his plan goes wrong and he finds himself in a mental hospital where he meets DeLuise (in a performance tour de force)who agrees to 'help' him. The resulting scenes of DeLuise's failed attempts to kill Reynolds are brilliantly executed moments of comedy. Tiring of these failures, Reynolds escapes from the mental hospital and again decides to do the job himself. It is really quite a shame that this film has been virtually forgotten. The concept of someone facing such monumental adversity is a universal theme, and this work is much better and more intelligent than higher-profile Burt Reynolds outings such as 'Smokey And The Bandit'. Perhaps this video release (is a UK version in the works?) and Reynolds' recent success in'Boogie Nights' will help gain this film more than just a cult following. It certainly deserves it. And there's even some atmospheric music from Frank Sinatra and Glen Campbell to enjoy too.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By W. F. Rucker on July 12, 2006
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I think this is one of Reynold's top three films. It is an hysterical movie about someone who is dying. There are numerous lines from this film that have become part of my vocabulary. Dom DeLuise jumps off the top of a building, doesn't die and says "you were right, it's not high enough". Even the music by Paul Williams is good. I don't know why this film doesn't get more word of mouth, it rates with Mel Brooks for laughs per minute. Do yourself a favor and watch it and you will want to own it.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D.David T. on June 1, 2005
Format: DVD
Burt Reynolds allows us to laugh at ourselves by our bargining skills that we have developed with God. Towards the end of the of the movie, Burt discovers that he wants to live, and thus bargins with God to let him live after attempting to drown himself by swimming out to sea. To show his sincerity to God, he dedicates at first 80 percent of his yearly earning and holding to the church. As Burt gets closer to shore and sees that in fact he will make it out alive, he lowers the percentage to a fraction of the original 80 percent earlier promised. The movie starts slow, but finishes with a punch by reminding all of us that we are not so different after all in private.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bucky@netwood.net on September 4, 1999
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There are many great scenes and laughs in this movie, but unforgettable are Carl Reiner as Dr. Minette, Burt's ocean swim, and every second that Dom Deluise is on the screen. It's about suicide (seen through the eyes of Woody Allen and Mel Brooks, all rolled into one), but you wind up feeling great about life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dominic adorno on May 18, 2012
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Funny, but too vulgar ! The reference to sexual activity is out of place and unnecessary. Deluise ,as usual, steals the show.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. L LaRegina on August 20, 2011
Format: DVD
Few have known the finer things in life better than Burt Reynolds. Yet in 1978, as his career was moving into the stardom that would make him top film draw several years in a row, he gave us the black comedy THE END, using humor to remind us as well as maybe himself how fleeting success, with all the money, women, and self-aggrandizement, can be. As his popularity was zooming, Reynolds, directing THE END, seemed to already understand how fortune can quickly evaporate, especially the fortune of life itself, playing a successful realtor whose "Me Decade" riches come to mean so little in the face of the "Why Me?" diagnosis of a fatal illness.

While he wears a full beard in THE END, view the movie's posters and ads displayed here and on other media web sites and you'll note they depict Burt Reynolds' appearance as we think of him, with a moustache but no beard. But THE END gives us a different Burt Reynolds alright, that full beard just enough distraction to keep us from expecting a fight scene or car chase. The fire and desire fueling the Burt Reynolds swagger we wish we had quickly dim at the thought of mortality.

Other reviews here are right to note that at times the late, great Dom DeLuise steals the show in THE END but I'd like to know if writer Jerry Belson - yes, fans of television's ODD COUPLE, the same Jerry Belson who wrote and directed so many of that program's best episodes - even included the DeLuise character and the theme of funny suicide attempts when he envisioned the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Dinger on February 6, 2007
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I was looking for this video for a while. Amazon had it in stock and I was ecstatic to add it to my collection. Burt Reynolds and Dom Deluise are absolutely hilarious.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victoria A. Koscielniak on January 3, 2007
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Putting these actors together is a sure mix for total insanity! You will need a box of kleenex though, cause you'll laugh until you cry!
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