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The End of Violence Details

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Wim Wenders directed this allegorical drama about the emotional impact of violence in our culture, set against the backdrop of California's entertainment business. Mike Max (Bill Pullman) is a Hollywood producer who has earned a great deal of money and power in the film industry through his success with a series of brutally violent action pictures. While Max can juggle any number of tasks while working, he can't find time for his wife Paige (Andie MacDowell), and when she announces that she's divorcing him, he admits to himself (but not to her) that he deliberately put her through emotional trauma; Paige leaves to do volunteer work in the Third World, hoping to bring new meaning to her life. Very little reaches Max on an emotional level until Cat (Traci Lind), a stunt performer, is seriously injured on the set of Max's latest project. Not long after, Max is first car-jacked, then kidnapped by a pair of desperate thugs. He escapes and is given shelter by a group of Mexican-American gardeners. Wanting to retreat from the physical and spiritual violence that has become a key part of his life, Max opts to work with the gardening crew and stay away from his old life, remaining "missing" in the eyes of the world as he searches for a new life. Meanwhile, Max and his secretary Claire (Rosiland Chao) become aware of a secret plan that Ray Bering (Gabriel Byrne) has prepared for the city of Los Angeles, which will essentially put the entire town under constant surveillance, with the goal of ending violent crime once and for all. Frederic Forrest, Udo Kier, and legendary director Samuel Fuller also star; Ry Cooder composed the film's striking original score. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 12, 1997

Cast

Bill Pullman
as Mike Max
Andie MacDowell
as Paige Stockard
Gabriel Byrne
as Ray Bering
Loren Dean
as Doc Block
Traci Lind
as Cat
Daniel Benzali
as Brice Phelps
K. Todd Freeman
as Six
John Diehl
as Lowell,Lewis
Pruitt Taylor Vince
as Frank Cray
Peter Horton
as Brian
Udo Kier
as Zoltan Kovacs
Enrique J. Castillo
as Ramon
Nicole Ari Parker
as Kenya
Rosalind Chao
as Claire
Marisol Padilla Sanchez
as Mathilda
Marshall Bell
as Sheriffe Call
Frederic Forrest
as Ranger MacDermot
Henry Silva
as Juan Emilio
Samuel Fuller
as Louis Bering
Mili Avital
as Featured Performer
John Diehl
as Lowell,Lewis
Pruitt Taylor Vince
as Frank Cray
Samuel Fuller
as Louis Bering
Enrique J. Castillo
as Ramon
Loren Dean
as Doc Block
Marisol Padilla Sanchez
as Mathilda
K. Todd Freeman
as Six
Udo Kier
as Zoltan Kovacs
Frederic Forrest
as Ranger MacDermot
Peter Horton
as Brian
Marshall Bell
as Sheriffe Call
Henry Silva
as Juan Emilio
Nicole Ari Parker
as Kenya
Rosalind Chao
as Claire
Daniel Benzali
as Brice Phelps
Traci Lind
as Cat

Crew

Wim Wenders
Director
Wim Wenders
Producer
Nicholas Klein
Producer
Deepak Nayar
Producer
Nicholas Klein
Screenwriter
Nicholas Klein
Screen Story
Wim Wenders
Screen Story
Pascal Rabaud
Cinematographer
Sharon Boyle
Musical Direction/Supervision
Ry Cooder
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Przygodda
Editor
Jean-Francois Fonlupt
Executive Producer
Ulrich Felsberg
Executive Producer
Leslie Morales
Set Designer
Jim Stuebe
Sound/Sound Designer
Heidi Levitt
Casting
Monika Mikkelsen
Casting
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