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The End of the Tour (2015)

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The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'

Director:

James Ponsoldt

Writers:

Donald Margulies (screenplay), David Lipsky (book)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jesse Eisenberg ... David Lipsky
Anna Chlumsky ... Sarah
Jason Segel ... David Foster Wallace
Joan Cusack ... Patty
Ron Livingston ... David Lipsky's Editor
Mamie Gummer ... Julie
Becky Ann Baker ... Bookstore Manager
Mickey Sumner ... Betsy
Dan John Miller ... NPR Host
Carrie Bradstreet ... Airline Ticket Agent
Jennifer Jelsema ... Hotel Front Desk Clerk
Punnavith Koy ... Movie Goer
Maria Wasikowski ... P.A.
Scott Stangland Scott Stangland ... Party Friend 1
Johnny Otto Johnny Otto ... Pilot
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The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'

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Imagine the greatest conversation you've ever had.

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During the movie, several characters are seen reading Primary Colors, the mid-1990s political satire novel that was widely thought to be a thinly veiled roman a clef portrayal of the Clintons. The movie version of Primary Colors starred John Travolta, who was also the star of Broken Arrow, the movie that Julie, Betsy, Wallace, and Lipsky all attend at the Mall of America in this movie. One of the characters shown reading Primary Colors early in The End of the Tour is Lipsky's girlfriend Sarah (Anna Chlumsky); Chlumsky is a regular on the similar political satire TV show Veep. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, a billboard for McDonald's can be seen at the far right of a gas station, designed at the time of the film's production. Though not clear to see, it uses the slogan "I'm lovin' it", which was not introduced until 2003. See more »

Quotes

David Lipsky: Do you wanna have kids?...
David Foster Wallace: Yeah, I think that writing books is a little like raising children, y'know -you have to be careful; mm; it's ok to take pride in the work, but I think it's bad for someone to want the glory to reflect back on you.
David Lipsky: I mean, sounds like you're worried about having children.
David Foster Wallace: I'm not wanna say anymore about that - if that's ok?
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Crazy Credits

Halfway through the closing credits, there is an extra scene told from the perspective of David Foster Wallace as Lipsky goes to the bathroom to wash out the chewing tobacco. It shows what Wallace did while he was in the bathroom: he speaks privately into the tape recorder. See more »

Connections

Features Broken Arrow (1996) See more »

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Disco 2000
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One of the best biodramas in history.
20 August 2015 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"Fiction's about what it is to be a human being." David Foster Wallace

In 1996 David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) interviewed acclaimed author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) over the course of several days in Minneapolis for a book tour about his 1000 page epic novel, Infinite Jest. Essentially a two hander in the spirit of the recent True Story, about the interview with alleged murderer Christian Longo (James Franco), The End of the Tour is one of the most accessible biopics about smart people in recent memory.

What sets The End off from True Story and other stories about gifted, troubled authors is its easy manner that doesn't play up intellectual snobbery but rather tries to understand the isolation and diffidence of geniuses. While Lipsky is not the genius writer that Wallace is, he is still a published novelist and a writer for Rolling Stone—the boy has the chops that allow him to get inside Wallace, as much as that is possible with writers slightly less private than, say, JD Salinger.

Wallace reveals himself, albeit obliquely, as a talented working class author bedeviled by addictions that seem to feed his insecurities: Obsessed by TV, he decides not to have one because he'd watch it; having overdosed on booze, he decides not to drink; whether or not he became addicted to heroin is uncertain.

What is certain is that as individualistic as Wallace is, and his densely verbose prose would confirm that, he is still one of us just trying to figure out his existential place in a chaotic world. His immersion in pop culture makes the brainy prose readable and enjoyable because he is tuned in and while heavily analytical, in touch with our daily experience.

Such is the spirit of The End of the Tour: it frequently relies on the mundane (e.g., pop tarts for breakfast, McDonald's for dinner, old TV shows for entertainment) to allow the more challenging—why he wears a bandanna—to reveal his soul (he worries that Lipsky's question about the affectation of the bandanna now makes himself conscious about wearing it, as if he were trying for an impression when he actually wasn't). His prose can be downright entertaining: "Because here's something else that's weird but true: in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshiping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship."

Segel is a revelation as an actor. From mediocre romcoms to perfectly embodying a conflicted writer, Segel remains in low-key character throughout. Here's what Wallace says about the loneliness that was his constant companion before he committed suicide:

"Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved. Drugs, movies where stuff blows up, loud parties — all these chase away loneliness by making me forget my name's Dave and I live in a one-by-one box of bone no other party can penetrate or know. Fiction, poetry, music, really deep serious sex, and, in various ways, religion — these are the places (for me) where loneliness is countenanced, stared down, transfigured, treated." (The Pale King, 2011)

Introduce yourself to this verbal magician by seeing one of the best films of the year: The End of the Tour.


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Release Date:

12 November 2015 (Brazil) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$123,238, 2 August 2015

Gross USA:

$3,002,884

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,072,991
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