Tuesday, September 20, 2016

End of the Road (1970)

Allied Artists
Directed by Aram Avakian
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Warner Bros.)

New college grad Stacy Keach has a "catatonic episode" on a railway station platform. Outrageous "doctor" James Earl Jones taunts him out of his stupor, then supervises his "recovery" at his asylum. He is subjected to visual and aural sensory overload in a special room. After regaining some semblance of sanity, he takes a job teaching English at a local college. He is befriended by another professor and his wife, with whom he becomes involved in an adulterous affair. She becomes pregnant and demands an abortion, performed by his former psychiatrist, leading to tragedy. Cult item broke many Hollywood barriers, for better or worse, including a long, graphic abortion. However, it succeeds in capturing the feel of the times, both intellectually and emotionally, which few films can claim.

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