The World's End

Big Talk Productions Released 2013


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Edgar Wright

Gary King is an immature 40-year-old who's dying to take another stab at an epic pub-crawl that he last attempted 20 years earlier. He drags his reluctant buddies back to their hometown and sets out for a night of heavy drinking. As they make their way toward their ultimate destination -- the fabled World's End pub -- Gary and his friends attempt to reconcile the past and present. However, the real struggle is for the future when their journey turns into a battle for mankind.


Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The Hollywood Reporter Jordan Mintzer

    While things get a tad buckled town in mayhem and special effects throughout the film's busy final reels, Wright spends enough time sketching out his mischievous middle-aged men so...

  • 80


    Bravely refusing to rigidly adhere to a formula that has been so successful, Wright, Pegg and Frost's Cornetto Trilogy closer has tonal shifts you won't expect, but the same beatin...

  • 80

    Total Film

    The armageddon-through-beer-goggles approach brings the chuckles, but The World's End stands up as a great example of the genre it ribs. Nostalgic, bittersweet and very, very funny.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Gary: Drink up. Let's Boo-Boo.
      Steven: "Boo-Boo". What is that?
      Gary: You remember, "Let's Boo-Boo." You know from Mr Shepherd's classroom, it said on the wall, "Exit, pursued by a bear," you know, from that Shakespeare play?
      Steven: A Winter's Tale.
      Gary: Yeah. What was it called?
      Steven: A Winter's Tale.
      Gary: That's it. And if we needed to make a quick getaway, we'd say, "Exit, pursued by a bear," and then it was, "Exit, pursued by Yogi Bear," and then it was just, "Let's Yogi and Boo-Boo," and then, "Let's Boo-Boo."

    • Gary: Good evening, Raymondo. The prodigal sons return.
      Barman: Eh.
      Gary: Who's on the guest list tonight?
      Barman: Come again?
      Gary: The guest ales. We, sir, are doing The Golden Mile and you have the honour of drawing first blood. What do you recommend?
      Barman: There's one. Crowning Glory.
      Gary: Rather fitting.
      Barman: Hows that?
      Gary: I'm Gary King.
      Barman: What?
      Gary: So tell me more.
      Barman: About what?
      Gary: Crowning Glory. Is it nutty? Is it foamy? Is it hoppy? Does it have a surprisingly fruity note which lingers on the tongue?
      Barman: Hmm. It's beer.
      Gary: Mmmm. We'll have five of those, please.

    • Landlady: Have you got any plans for dinner at all?
      Gary: Tonight we will be partaking of a liquid repast as we wend our way up The Golden Mile. Commencing with an inaugural tankard at The First Post, then onto The Old Familiar, The Famous Cock, The Cross Hands, The Good Companions, The Trusty Servant, The Two Headed Dog, The Mermaid, The Beehive, The King's Head and The Hole in the Wall for a measure of the same. All before the last bittersweet pint in that most terminus, The World's End. Leave a light on, good lady, for though we may return with a twinkle in our eyes, we will, in truth, be blind drunk.

    • Oliver: WTF, WTF.
      Gary: What the f*** does WTF mean?
      Peter: What the f***.
      Gary: Ah.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Production budget - $20,000,000
      Domestic gross - $26,004,851 (102nd)
      Worldwide gross - $46,089,287 (83rd)

    • Filming locations:
      The Peartree Public House, Welwyn Garden City, England
      Box Hill, Dorking, Surrey, England
      Parkway Bar, Welwyn Garden City, England
      The Cork Public House, Welwyn Garden City, England
      Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, England
      Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England
      The Doctors Tonic Public House, Welwyn Garden City, England

    • Other production companies:
      Relativity Media
      Working Title Films
      Focus Features (US distributor)
      Universal Pictures (UK distributor)

    • Tagline:
      Good food. Fine ales. Total Annihilation


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