The End of Violence
|The End of Violence|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Wim Wenders|
|Produced by||Nicholas Klein
|Written by||Nicholas Klein
|Music by||Ry Cooder|
|Edited by||Peter Przygodda|
The End of Violence is a 1997 film by the German director Wim Wenders. The film's cast includes Bill Pullman, Gabriel Byrne, Traci Lind, Rosalind Chao, Andie MacDowell, and Loren Dean, among others. It also features a soundtrack marked with the signature sounds of Wenders regulars Jon Hassell, Ry Cooder, and Bono. The film was praised by a select few critics for its cinematography, but performed poorly in the box office. It was entered into the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.
The movie had a budget of $5 million, but only received $386,673 in its domestic box office.
Movie producer Mike Max meditates on the paranoia of fear of attack, in the movie business and life in general, as his wife Page announces she is leaving him. He receives a document via email from a NASA employee he met earlier at a conference. Before opening it he is kidnapped and almost killed, a scene captured by surveillance cameras and witnessed by computer scientist Ray Bering on surveillance footage scene in his laboratory at the Griffith Observatory. However, it soon turns out the two men have been shot, Max has escaped and now is accused of killing them. He takes shelter with, and goes to work for, the Mexican gardeners who find him and they help him investigate who is trying to kill him and why. Bering, who originally sent Max the email and recognized Max in the surveillance footage, has a conversation with an intelligence agent who makes it clear that anyone who gets in the way of a new “anti-crime” satellite surveillance program not yet approved by Congress will be dealt with terminally. Detective Dean Brock suspects Max is not a killer and on a tip meets with Bering, who is assassinated by a gunshot as they begin to speak. Max gives up his business and money to his wife and the movie ends as he meditates on how a real attack has freed him from paranoia.
- Traci Lind - Cat
- Rosalind Chao - Claire
- Bill Pullman - Mike Max
- Andie MacDowell - Page
- K. Todd Freeman - Six O One
- Gabriel Byrne - Ray Bering
- Chris Douridas - Technician
- Pruitt Taylor Vince - Frank Cray
- John Diehl - Lowell Lewis
- Soledad St. Hilaire - Anita
- Nicole Ari Parker - Ade (as Nicole Parker)
- Daniel Benzali - Brice Phelps
- Samuel Fuller - Louis Bering (as Sam Fuller)
- Loren Dean - Detective Dean Brock
- Marshall Bell - Sheriff Call
- Frederic Forrest - Ranger MacDermot
- Marisol Padilla Sánchez - Mathilda
- Michael Massee as Guy in the bar
The End of Violence received negative reviews from critics. It currently holds a 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 33 reviews.
- "Festival de Cannes: The End of Violence". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
- The End of Violence at the Internet Movie Database
- The End of Violence at Rotten Tomatoes
- In-depth interview about The End of Violence at the Wayback Machine (archived September 19, 2006)