The End (I) (1978)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama


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Slapstick black comedy about a man (Reynolds) who finds that he hasn't much longer to live and has bungled his attempts at suicide.


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20 May 1999 | barfly99
9
| Touching yet hilarious, a highly original black comedy
THE END should be, and one day will be, reappraised and acknowledged as the classic it is. The premise isn't great for a comedy - a dying man reordering his life in light of his impending demise - so that it works at all is a credit to Burt Reynolds as both director and star. The balance of tragedy and humour is perfect throughout, particularly in Burt's various suicide attempts, and it was a masterstroke casting Dom DeLuise as the amiable lunatic so keen on helping him die. The final reel is one of the funniest in movie history, and Frank Sinatra's "My Way" has never been put to better use in a film. Doctors should lend this film to patients when they inform them of terminal illness - death has never been so much fun.

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