End of the Road

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  • R
  • Genre(s): Drama Comedy
  • Release year: 1970
  • Running time: 110 min
End of the Road is a 1970 film directed, co-written, and edited by Aram Avakian and adapted from a 1958 novel by John Barth, and stars Stacy Keach, JamesEarl Jones' and Harris Yulin. The film was given an X rating for an abortion scene, and other frank... read more

End of the Road is a 1970 film directed, co-written, and edited by Aram Avakian and adapted from a 1958 novel by John Barth, and stars Stacy Keach, JamesEarl Jones' and Harris Yulin. The film was given an X rating for an abortion scene, and other frank scenes including one in which a man rapes a chicken. The film won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival. A nine-page Life Magazine article was published on Aram Avakian and End of the Road on November 7, 1969. Avakian was also interviewed at length in Playboy and Esquire. End of the Road is a ground-breaking early indie picture. Many of the cast and crew went on to distinguished careers. The film gained a cult following at art movie houses across the U.S., where audiences would speak aloud the lines while they watched the midnight screenings. In 2012 it was released again (DVD) from a brand new original print struck from a pristine negative by Warner Brothers, as part of a series of re-discovered cinematic treasures in their archives. The director Steven Soderbergh rediscovered the film, spearheaded its revival, and made a companion documentary, An Amazing Time: A Conversation About End of the Road.

Original Release

02/10/1970

US Release

02/10/1970

Cast

Stacy Keach Jacob Horner
James Earl Jones Doctor D
Harris Yulin Joe Morgan
Dorothy Tristan Rennie Morgan
Grayson Hall Peggy Rankin
M. Emmet Walsh Tutu Man / Crab Man
Terry Southern Mr. Caruso
Graham Jarvis Dr. Carter
James Coco School Man
Gail Gilmore Miss Gibson
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Aram Avakian

Writers

Terry Southern, Aram Avakian, John Barth, Dennis McGuire

Cast

Stacy Keach Jacob Horner
James Earl Jones Doctor D
Harris Yulin Joe Morgan
Dorothy Tristan Rennie Morgan
Grayson Hall Peggy Rankin
M. Emmet Walsh Tutu Man / Crab Man
Terry Southern Mr. Caruso
Graham Jarvis Dr. Carter
James Coco School Man
Gail Gilmore Miss Gibson
John Pleshette Finkle
Ellen Faison Sarah Bernhardt
Ray Brock Sniperman / Mrs. Dockey
Maeve McGuire Receptionist
Norman Simpson Dr. Schott
June Hutchinson Miss Banning / Tea Lady
Joel Oppenheimer Chicken Man
Oliver Clark Dog Man
David Viner Frog Man
Aram Avakian Pig Man / Landlord

Producers

Max L. Raab Executive Producer
Stephen F. Kesten Producer
Terry Southern Producer

Editors

Robert Q. Lovett

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