Release dateMay 10, 1978 (1978-05-10) Music directorJohn Williams, Paul Williams CastBurt Reynolds (Wendell Sonny Lawson), Dom DeLuise (Marlon Borunki), Sally Field (Mary Ellen), Strother Martin (Dr. Waldo Kling), David Steinberg (Marty Lieberman), Joanne Woodward (Jessica Lawson) Similar moviesBill Hicks: Bill Loses it in Chicago, Bill Hicks Live: Satirist, Social Critic, Stand-up Comedian, George Carlin: Back in Town, Bill Hicks: Igby's, LA, Bill Hicks: Relentless, Dave Chappelle: HBO Comedy Half-Hour
TaglineAre there laughs before death?
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The End is a 1978 American black comedy directed by and starring Burt Reynolds, written by Jerry Belson, and with music composed by Paul Williams. The film also stars Dom DeLuise, Sally Field, Strother Martin, David Steinberg, Joanne Woodward, Norman Fell, Myrna Loy, Kristy McNichol, Pat O'Brien, Robby Benson and Carl Reiner.
Wendell "Sonny" Lawson (Reynolds), an unscrupulous real-estate promoter, learns that he has a fatal blood disease and decides to commit suicide rather than endure a slow, painful death. He then takes the time to meet with several friends and family members for one last time, while hiding the fact that he plans to end his own life.
After a failed suicide attempt, Sonny ends up in a mental institution, where he enlists fellow patient, Marlon Borunki (DeLuise), a deranged schizophrenic murderer, to help him die.
Burt Reynolds as Wendell Sonny Lawson
Dom DeLuise as Marlon Borunki
Sally Field as Mary Ellen
Strother Martin as Dr. Waldo Kling
David Steinberg as Marty Lieberman
Joanne Woodward as Jessica Lawson
Norman Fell as Dr. Samuel Krugman
Myrna Loy as Maureen Lawson
Kristy McNichol as Julie Lawson
Pat O'Brien as Ben Lawson
Robby Benson as Father Dave Benson
Carl Reiner as Dr. James Maneet
Louise LeTourneau as Receptionist
Bill Ewing as Hearse Driver
Robert Rothwell as Limousine Driver
James Best as Pacemaker Patient
"Another Fine Mess"
Music and Lyrics by Paul Williams
Sung by Glen Campbell and Paul Williams
When The End was released in the spring of 1978, the mixture of comedy with the dark subject of suicide wasn't what audiences and critics were expecting from a Burt Reynolds film, and ended up not being well-received. New York Times critic Vincent Canby gave the film a negative review, placing most of the blame on the shoulders of Burt Reynolds, the director. He felt the film was uneven, writing, "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."
The staff at Variety magazine was even more critical of the film, calling it "a tasteless and overripe comedy that disintegrates very early into hysterical, undisciplined hamming." The magazine's terse review was particularly harsh when it came to the supporting cast, calling Dom DeLuise "absolutely dreadful," Sally Field "phoning in a kooky-pretty role," and Joanne Woodward, "poorly utilized."