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End of the Road (1970)

After a catatonic episode on a railway station platform, Jacob Horner is taken to "The Farm", a bizarre insane asylum run by Doctor D. After being cured, Jacob takes a job as an English ... See full summary »

Director:

Aram Avakian

Writers:

John Barth (novel), Dennis McGuire | 2 more credits »
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stacy Keach ... Jacob Horner
Harris Yulin ... Joe Morgan
Dorothy Tristan ... Rennie Morgan
James Earl Jones ... Doctor D
Grayson Hall ... Peggy Rankin
Ray Brock Ray Brock ... Sniperman / Mrs. Dockey
John Pleshette ... Finkle
Gail Gilmore Gail Gilmore ... Miss Gibson (as Gail Gibson)
Maeve McGuire Maeve McGuire ... Receptionist
Norman Simpson Norman Simpson ... Dr. Schott
Graham Jarvis ... Dr. Carter (as Graham P. Jarvis)
June Hutchinson June Hutchinson ... Miss Banning / Tea Lady
Joel Oppenheimer Joel Oppenheimer ... Chicken Man
James Coco ... School Man
Oliver Clark ... Dog Man
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Storyline

After a catatonic episode on a railway station platform, Jacob Horner is taken to "The Farm", a bizarre insane asylum run by Doctor D. After being cured, Jacob takes a job as an English lecturer and begins a disastrous affair with Rennie, the wife of a colleague. Written by Gary Couzens <gjcouzens@btinternet.com>

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Weg in den Abgrund See more »

Filming Locations:

Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first US studio film to contain a scene depicting bestiality. See more »

Quotes

Doctor D: Your mother's breast is like cold stone.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits play over footage of the moonshot, and end with the sound of Jacob Horner moaning. See more »

Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 7 (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Worry 'Bout Me
Written by Ted Koehler & Rube Bloom
Performed by Billie Holiday
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Time this road started again
17 December 2006 | by marekj66See all my reviews

The End of the Road, is probably Terry Southern's most personal work for the cinema. One over which he had most input and control. Southern's presence is felt throughout the film, from the use of his own East canaan home as a location, to Keach holding a pair of Terry's legendary 'Bono' fly style shades, to Terry's own cameo appearance as a patient.

The film is superbly acted by all concerned, Keach especially and the film is shot and edited as a subversive assault on the psyche and hypocrisy of America at the end of the sixties. Family life and alienation are to the fore, and a profound sadness for the end of the sixties.

The film often goes too far and screams too loudly its in gags and cleverness, but it is genuinely moving and totally unique. One can also say that the ill judged inclusion of the protracted and unwatchable abortion scene, killed any chances the film had of success. Which is a great shame, as this is a film which deserves a wider audience beyond its status as a cult oddity. The End of the Road is one hell of a unique ride if you can stay on board and a great insight into the mind of one of cinema's greatest screenwriters, Terry Southern.


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