End of the Road (1970 film)

End of the Road is a 1970 American comedy drama film directed, co-written, and edited by Aram Avakian and adapted from a 1958 novel by John Barth, and stars Stacy Keach, James Earl Jones and Harris Yulin.

End of the Road
Directed byAram Avakian
Written byTerry Southern
Aram Avakian
Dennis McGuire
StarringJames Earl Jones
Stacy Keach
Dorothy Tristan
Harris Yulin
Music byGeorge Avakian
Teo Macero[1]
CinematographyGordon Willis
Edited byAram Avakian
Robert Q. Lovett
Max L. Raab Productions
Distributed byAllied Artists
Release date
  • February 10, 1970 (1970-02-10)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was given an X rating for an abortion scene, and other frank scenes including one in which a naked man rapes a chicken. The film won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival.[2]

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.[3]


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.


See also


  1. "Teo Macero". Retrieved 2013-01-29.
  2. "Winners of the Golden Leopard". Locarno. Archived from the original on 2009-07-19. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  3. An Amazing Time: A Conversation About End of the Road on IMDb
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