End of the Line (1988)

PG | 105 mins | Drama | 26 February 1988

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HISTORY

The 12 Aug 1986 HR production chart stated that principal photography began on 28 Jul 1986 in Little Rock, AR. According to the 31 Jul 1986 HR, filming also took place on location in Chicago, IL. The HR production chart lists Lois Smith and PMK as publicists. However neither are credited onscreen. An article in the 17 Nov 1986 HR reported that production wrapped on 6 Sep 1986, and the picture’s budget was approximately $3 million.
       Although the 17 Nov 1986 HR noted that release was planned during spring 1987, an item in the 19 Aug 1987 Var announced the picture was to open regionally in Little Rock and in Memphis, TN, on 28 Aug 1987. Six months later, the film opened in New York City, as listed in the 26 Feb 1988 NYT.
       The 24 Feb 1988 Var review listed actor Don Hood as part of the cast, but Hood is not credited onscreen.
       End credits state: "This film is dedicated to railroad men all over the world"; “Special Thanks To: The Union Pacific Railroad, Joe McCartney, Walt Richardson, R. Gerald Lang; The International Brotherhood of Railroad Engineers, Billy Dee, Ricky Lakin, Walter Baughman; Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas; Kevin and Cathy McConnell; Leonard and Roslyn Newman; James H. Atkins; Greg Baird; Frank Daniel; Dr. Robert and Marianne Gosser; Vojtech Jasny; John Johnson; Phyllis Johnston; Debbie Marciniak; Jim Mathews; Doyle Rogers; Diane Sennet; The Cities of Chicago, Benton, Little Rock, Lonoke, North Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Scott; Coca-Cola Bottlers of Arkansas; Coleman Dairy, ... More Less

The 12 Aug 1986 HR production chart stated that principal photography began on 28 Jul 1986 in Little Rock, AR. According to the 31 Jul 1986 HR, filming also took place on location in Chicago, IL. The HR production chart lists Lois Smith and PMK as publicists. However neither are credited onscreen. An article in the 17 Nov 1986 HR reported that production wrapped on 6 Sep 1986, and the picture’s budget was approximately $3 million.
       Although the 17 Nov 1986 HR noted that release was planned during spring 1987, an item in the 19 Aug 1987 Var announced the picture was to open regionally in Little Rock and in Memphis, TN, on 28 Aug 1987. Six months later, the film opened in New York City, as listed in the 26 Feb 1988 NYT.
       The 24 Feb 1988 Var review listed actor Don Hood as part of the cast, but Hood is not credited onscreen.
       End credits state: "This film is dedicated to railroad men all over the world"; “Special Thanks To: The Union Pacific Railroad, Joe McCartney, Walt Richardson, R. Gerald Lang; The International Brotherhood of Railroad Engineers, Billy Dee, Ricky Lakin, Walter Baughman; Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas; Kevin and Cathy McConnell; Leonard and Roslyn Newman; James H. Atkins; Greg Baird; Frank Daniel; Dr. Robert and Marianne Gosser; Vojtech Jasny; John Johnson; Phyllis Johnston; Debbie Marciniak; Jim Mathews; Doyle Rogers; Diane Sennet; The Cities of Chicago, Benton, Little Rock, Lonoke, North Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Scott; Coca-Cola Bottlers of Arkansas; Coleman Dairy, Inc.; Mountain Valley Water; P & H Distributors; The Southwestern Railway Co.; The Cotton Belt Historical Society; The Arkansas Mother Picture Development Office; Amtrak; TWA.” End credits also state: “There is no intended resemblance between the fictitious railroad company in this movie and any other businesses known as Southland including The Southland Corp.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
31 Jul 1986.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Aug 1986.
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Hollywood Reporter
17 Nov 1986
p. 1, 18.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Mar 1988
p. 3, 67.
Los Angeles Times
11 Mar 1988
Calendar, p. 6.
New York Times
26 Feb 1988
Section C, p. 15.
Variety
19 Aug 1987
p. 47.
Variety
24 Feb 1988
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Produced in Association with Guadalupe - Hudson Productions
and The Sundance Institute
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
Asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Asst cam
2d asst cam
Stills
Gaffer
2d elec
3d elec
4th elec
Key grip
2d grip
3d grip
4th grip
Elec, Chicago crew
Elec, Chicago crew
Grip, Chicago crew
Grip, Chicago crew
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Asst to the prod des
Art dept intern
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Asst prop
Set dec
Set dresser
Asst dresser
Const supv
Carpenter
Carpenter
Swing gang supv
COSTUMES
Ward supv
Ward asst
Seamstress
Addl asst
MUSIC
Mus comp and performed by
Mus supv
Mus prod advisor
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Sd mixer
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles and opticals, Chicago crew
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
Asst makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Unit mgr
Loc mgr
Prod coord
Scr supv
Casting asst
Arkansas casting
Asst loc mgr
Asst prod coord
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Unit pub
Asst to the prods
Loc apprentice
Loc apprentice
Teamster capt
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Craft services
Key prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Intern
Intern
Casting, Chicago crew
Prod consultant, Chicago crew
Loc mgr, Chicago crew
Prod office coord, Chicago crew
Key prod asst, Chicago crew
Loc equip
Dogs furnished by
Dogs furnished by
Antiques provided by
Artist, Paintings in Gerber's office
Legal services
Legal services
Financial services
Financial services
Financial services
Financial services
Post prod mixer
Post prod mixer
STAND INS
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stunt coord
Stunt asst
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col
SOURCES
SONGS
“Counterfeit,” written by Jon Tiven, Sally Tiven & Jolyon Christopher Dantzig, performed by the Sally Tiven Orchestra featuring Alan Merril, © 1984 Private Domain Music/Dantzig-In-The-Streets Music (BMI), produced by Jon Tiven
“Don’t Say You Love Me,” written by Jon Tiven, Sally Tiven & Mitch Weissman, performed by Hesayshesay, © 1984 Private Domain (BMI)/Weisssongs (ASCAP), produced by Jon Tiven
“God Must Have Blessed America,” written by Allen Toussaint, used by permission of Screen Gems - EMI Music, Inc. and Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
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SONGS
“Counterfeit,” written by Jon Tiven, Sally Tiven & Jolyon Christopher Dantzig, performed by the Sally Tiven Orchestra featuring Alan Merril, © 1984 Private Domain Music/Dantzig-In-The-Streets Music (BMI), produced by Jon Tiven
“Don’t Say You Love Me,” written by Jon Tiven, Sally Tiven & Mitch Weissman, performed by Hesayshesay, © 1984 Private Domain (BMI)/Weisssongs (ASCAP), produced by Jon Tiven
“God Must Have Blessed America,” written by Allen Toussaint, used by permission of Screen Gems - EMI Music, Inc. and Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
“National Emblem March,” written by E. E. Bagley, used by permission of SBK Robbins Catalog, Inc., all rights reserved
“One More Shot,” written by Paul Kennerly, used by permission of Rondor Music London, Ltd.
“I’m Alright When I’m Drinking,” written & sung by John Wilf, performed by Ayce Country Band, recorded & mixed by: Ed Bannon and Rody Hassano at Taj Soundworks, using the Synclavier ® Digital Audio System
“Somewhere In Between,” written by Frank Quinn, performed by Minoru Aoki, Frank Quinn & James Steve.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
26 February 1988
Premiere Information:
Little Rock, AK & Memphis, TN opening: 28 August 1987
New York opening: 26 February 1988
Los Angeles opening: 11 March 1988
Production Date:
28 July - 6 September 1986
Copyright Claimant:
End of the Line Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
4 January 1989
Copyright Number:
PA0000412995
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
105
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Clifford, Arkansas, longtime Southland Freight railroad workers Will Haney and Leo Pickett learn that the freight depot is closing, as company board members have voted to continue as an airfreight system. Knowing that Southland is the main source of employment for the town, Haney decides to go to the company’s Chicago, Illinois, corporate headquarters and meet with Thomas G. Clinton, chairman of the board. Sharing the plan with fellow workers, only Leo agrees to join Haney and they leave Clifford in a locomotive. In Chicago, Warren Gerber, president of Southland, learns about Haney and Leo’s trip. Seeing it as a good public relations stunt for the company, Gerber arranges a press conference to welcome the railroad men. However, Haney and Leo abandon the engine at the station and check into a hotel. The following morning, they arrive at Southland headquarters. Requesting to see Thomas G. Clinton, they are lead instead to Gerber, who offers to feature them in his new advertising campaign. Frustrated with Gerber, Haney and Leo sneak away and find Clinton in his office, playing with his model railroad set. Clinton confesses he did not know about the rail yard closures as Gerber, his son-in-law, runs the company. When Haney and Leo speak about the new airfreight service, Clinton is furious, having always hated airplanes. Haney and Leo convince Clinton to join them on their return to Arkansas on the locomotive. On the way, Clinton learns how much the railway means to the men and to the community of Clifford. Meanwhile, Gerber believes Haney and Leo kidnapped Clinton. He travels to Clifford ... +


In Clifford, Arkansas, longtime Southland Freight railroad workers Will Haney and Leo Pickett learn that the freight depot is closing, as company board members have voted to continue as an airfreight system. Knowing that Southland is the main source of employment for the town, Haney decides to go to the company’s Chicago, Illinois, corporate headquarters and meet with Thomas G. Clinton, chairman of the board. Sharing the plan with fellow workers, only Leo agrees to join Haney and they leave Clifford in a locomotive. In Chicago, Warren Gerber, president of Southland, learns about Haney and Leo’s trip. Seeing it as a good public relations stunt for the company, Gerber arranges a press conference to welcome the railroad men. However, Haney and Leo abandon the engine at the station and check into a hotel. The following morning, they arrive at Southland headquarters. Requesting to see Thomas G. Clinton, they are lead instead to Gerber, who offers to feature them in his new advertising campaign. Frustrated with Gerber, Haney and Leo sneak away and find Clinton in his office, playing with his model railroad set. Clinton confesses he did not know about the rail yard closures as Gerber, his son-in-law, runs the company. When Haney and Leo speak about the new airfreight service, Clinton is furious, having always hated airplanes. Haney and Leo convince Clinton to join them on their return to Arkansas on the locomotive. On the way, Clinton learns how much the railway means to the men and to the community of Clifford. Meanwhile, Gerber believes Haney and Leo kidnapped Clinton. He travels to Clifford and meets them at the depot, along with Sheriff Maxie and the townspeople. Gerber demands that Leo and Haney be arrested. However, Haney announces that Clinton sold him the freight depot for $1, and plans to reopen it as an independent company, rehiring all the former employees. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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