The End

     Catagory: Comedy

     MPAA Rating: R

     Owned By: Keith

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Movie Details:   If it's possible to make a hilarious comedy on the subject of terminal illness, who better to pull it off than the always-irreverent Burt Reynolds? At the beginning of The End, Wendell Sonny Lawson (Reynolds) is informed by his doctor that he's dying from "the same thing Ali MacGraw had in Love Story." Lawson's first reaction is to cry uncontrollably, much to the discomfort of his fellow elevator passengers. He heads to a nearby church to confess all his sins, only to be distracted by the wide-eyed fecklessness of the novice priest (Robby Benson). Attempting to resolve a few issues with ex-wife Mary Ellen (Sally Field), daughter Julie (Kristy McNichol) and his parents (Myrna Loy and Pat O'Brien), Lawson finds that they're all too absorbed in their own problems to pay him any attention. At the end of his rope, Lawson decides to kill himself by taking an overdose of colorful barbiturates: when he upchucks the pills on his clean table, he moans "It looks like Walt Disney just threw up." His second suicide attempt lands him in an asylum, where he befriends likeable psycho Marion Borunki (Dom DeLuise). Institutionalized because he's killed his father (the old man told one too many Polish jokes), Borunki cheerfully offers to help Lawson end it all. When these attempts fail spectacularly, Lawson opts for drowning himself, while the soundtrack blares forth with Frank Sinatra's "My Way." As he goes down for the third time, Lawson suddenly decides he'd rather live out his last few months after allóbut he hasn't taken into consideration the ever-helpful Borunki. Filled with side-splitting vignettes, The End remains one of the best of the Burt Reynolds vehicles of the late 1970s, capped by a terrific "interior monologue" delivered by the star (and written by sitcom veteran Jerry Belson).