The End of the Tour script
Synopsis: The End of the Tour is a 2015 American drama film about writer David Foster Wallace. The film stars Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg, was written by Donald Margulies, and was directed by James Ponsoldt. Based on David Lipsky's best-selling memoir Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, the film was released on July 31, 2015, by A24 Films.

LIPSKY’S VOICE

(on the recording) Did they want you

to be a writer?

FLASH TO:

6

INT. CAR/OUTSKIRTS - CHICAGO - 1996 - DAY 6

A blurry, indistinct POV shot of DAVID FOSTER WALLACE in the

passenger seat of a moving car: Lipsky’s memory struggling to

come into focus.

DAVID’S VOICE

No, the big thing when I was little, I

was like a really serious jock...

CUT BACK TO:

9

INT. LIPSKY’S WEST END AVE APT/OFFICE - NYC - 2008 - DAY 9

Lipsky listens.

DAVID’S VOICE

...city-wide football as a kid. I was

real big, really strong as a kid. And

then for four or five years, I was

gonna be a pro tennis player. My great

dream. Reading was just kind of fun. A

weird thing that I did on the side

4.

Lipsky stops and presses rewind on the tape player. He

ruminates as we HEAR the whir of the tape rewinding.

FLASHBACK TO:

10 EXT. DOWNTOWN SKYLINE - NYC - 1996 - NIGHT 10

The heart-stopping view of the illuminated twin towers tells

us we are in pre-2001 New York.

SUPER TITLE:
12 YEARS EARLIER

LIPSKY (O.S.)

(reads) “I didn’t understand SoHo...

11 INT. BOOK SHOP - UPPER WEST SIDE - NYC - 1996 - NIGHT 11

Lipsky stands before a paltry turnout - consisting of old

people and a few loyal friends (among them his pretty

girlfriend, SARAH) - reading from his novel, The Art Fair.

Here, Lipsky is 30 years old but looks like a student, his

long, dark, Byronic hair framing his fine features.

LIPSKY (CONT’D)

-the warehouses, the old buildings,

the cobbled streets.

Distracted by disinterested CUSTOMERS who continue to browse,

Lipsky hears a muffled giggle and sees a YOUNG COUPLE in the

audience flirting and clearly not listening.

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Donald Margulies

Donald Margulies is an American playwright and a professor of English and Theater Studies at Yale University. In 2000, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Dinner with Friends. more…

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