Additional information for The World's End, which has a domestic theatrical release set for August 23, 2013. The film is being distributed by Focus Features and has not yet been rated. The World's End has a total running time of 109 minutes.
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Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival.
On June 22, 1990, Gary King (Simon Pegg) recalls himself and his four friends engaged in what was supposed to be a legendary pub crawl known as the Golden Mile in their hometown of Newton Haven, Herefordshire, England . Oliver Chamberlain was the straight-laced one who was called "O Man" for a birthmark on his forehead (which actually resembles a 6) that he eventually got removed. Peter Prince was the youngest of the group. Steven Page was usually competing with Gary for girls. Finally, Andrew Knightley was Gary's best friend. Gary, meanwhile, was the self-proclaimed leader of the group, dressed in all black and taking his friends through 12 pubs that night. The event was memorable for Gary, who managed to hook up with Oliver's sister Sam in one pub, but then ditched her to continue drinking. As the night went on, however, Pete and Oliver were left behind until it was just Gary, Andy, and Steven. They failed to make it to the final pub - The World's End - and Gary considered that night a failure. He is shown sitting in a sort of AA circle with others sharing their stories. It is obvious from the look on Gary's face that he plans on making sure the pub crawl will happen again, and this time, it will be a success.In the present day, Gary goes to round up his mates. He first meets Pete (Eddie Marsan) at his job as a car salesman. When Gary mentions doing the pub crawl again, Pete wonders if he can really get everybody back, considering Gary and Andy were estranged after an accident that happened a long time ago. Gary also gets Steven (Paddy Considine), who is seeing a 26-year-old fitness instructor, and Oliver (Martin Freeman), who is a real estate agent. He finally goes to meet Andy (Nick Frost) at his law firm, but Andy wants nothing to do with Gary or his shenanigans. Gary hands him an envelope containing £600 and says his mum died. He tells Andy that she loved him like he was her own son and would have been happy to see all the friends together again.The four men relent and join Gary for the pub crawl and meet up in Newton Haven. They meet at the train station when Gary pulls up in his car, "The Beast", a beat-up 1980s Vaux which he's had since before the pub crawl. On their way into Newton Haven, the four friends notice how childish and immature Gary is. They are stopped by a motorcycle cop on the road who says the brake lights are out, and Gary uses Pete's name instead of his own when he can't provide a drivers license or registration.The guys drop off their belongings at a local bed & breakfast inn and begin their pub crawl at:1. The First PostGary enters the place excited, but since it's still early, there are hardly any patrons there, and it doesn't appear the same as he remembers. He orders five pints, but Andy decides to have water instead (since he is a recovering alcoholic). Gary berates him for drinking water instead of alcohol and implies he is less of a man for doing so.2. The Old FamiliarThis pub appears similar to The First Post in that it is quiet and mostly vacant. Also, the bartender, much like the first, doesn't appear to recognize Gary, despite his insistence that he is "the king". While the guys are seated, Oliver gets a call from Sam (Rosamund Pike), and he invites her to join them. When she arrives, Gary and Steven both get excited as they both fancy her. Gary follows Sam into the washroom, thinking she is looking for another hook-up, but she assures Gary he's got the wrong idea and then slaps him.3. The Famous CockGary is recognized at this pub, but as it turns out, he is barred from it. The others leave and decide they can just drink two pints at the next pub, but Gary spots three barely-full glasses of beer that he presumably figures adds up to a pint, and he starts to drink all of them before rejoining his friends.4. The Cross HandsThe guys have a meal at this pub while Gary goes to get more drinks. A large man comes to their table and asks if he can take an available seat, and Pete looks at him fearfully. Turns out this man, Shane Hawkins (Darren Boyd), was a bully who constantly harassed Pete in his youth, and Pete is mostly upset that Shane does not recognize him, as though all the bullying meant nothing. Gary returns with a round of shots, ruining the moment. He is chastised by the others, especially Andy, for his behavior. He goes to the bathroom and leaves his phone behind. It starts ringing, and the lads are angered to discover that Gary's mum is calling, proving that he lied about her death.In the mens room, Gary tries to start small talk with a teenager. He ignores him, which pisses Gary off enough to mess with the boy. The boy then pushes Gary around and engages in a fight with him. He proves to be very strong, but Gary tackles him and knocks him against a urinal, causing his head to pop off from its base, spewing blue goo all over the place. Gary is stunned to see this, especially since the boy's body is still moving. The other four friends come in to confront Gary about his lie, and they see the writhing body, just as four other teenage boys come in. They reach their arms out to the guys, who then fight them. After some serious head-smashing and limp-ripping, the guys deduce that the people out there may be in on this as well, and since Gary told pretty much everybody they are redoing the pub crawl, they must finish it, since they would arouse suspicion if they quit now. Andy downs all the shots, and they move forward.5. The Good CompanionsThe guys have a pint here and act normal, trying hard not to seem unusual to those around them.6. The Trusty ServantGary spots an old drug dealer known as Reverend Green (Michael Smiley), whose real name is Trevor. Gary asks to buy some weed from him, but Trevor says he doesn't sell anymore. Gary also asks if he is a robot, but the mere mention of the word appears to draw glares from the other patrons. Trevor and two other patrons make it clear to Gary and the others that they are not robots, as robot implies that they are slaves, which they are not. The phone rings and the bartender tells Trevor he is getting a call from his supervisor. He quietly walks into the bathroom, which Oliver walks out of.7. The Two-Headed DogThe guys sit together and try to come up with proper names for these beings, since "robots" is out. They eventually land on "blanks". Gary and Steven see Sam coming into the pub with her twin friends. Gary goes to warn Sam of what is happening, asking her if the twins seem suspicious. She dismisses his claims and goes to hang with the twins outside for a drink and smoke. Sam tells them what Gary said, and in unison, the twins stand over Sam menacingly. Gary comes in and attacks one twin, ripping her head off and exposing the blue goo and neck base to Sam's horror. The other twin attacks, but Gary subdues both of them, until one of them returns with the other twin's legs on her arms, swinging at Gary and Sam, until Steven joins the fight, and they defeat the twin blanks. Steven then takes this opportunity to confess his love for Sam, saying she deserves better than Gary.8. The MermaidSam joins the guys at the next pub, which is holding a Student Disco event. There, the guys spot three girls - two blondes and a redhead - that they call the "Marmalade Sandwich", as they were known in their youth. They don't appear to have aged at all since the last time the lads saw them. They're dancing in sexy schoolgirl uniforms, attracting Gary, Andy, and Pete. Steven, meanwhile, is pulled away by a familiar pub patron named Basil (David Bradley). He informs Steven that the blanks are attempting to steal the DNA off the people in town, and it can be done easily by any means of physical contact. Steven goes to save his friends as they are getting kissed and felt up by the schoolgirls.Oliver appears to tell Sam that an old boyfriend of hers, Adrian Keane (James Granstrom), is in the pub. He walks over to Sam, but she runs out the pub very freaked out. Sam tells the guys that Adrian was killed in a motorcycle years earlier, and yet there he was, alive. Oliver suggests they move on, which pleases Gary as Oliver had originally backed out by this point the first time. They don't notice that other blanks are watching and following them.9. The BeehiveThe group enters this pub and finds their old school teacher, Mr. Shepherd (Pierce Brosnan), welcoming them with pints. He is asked if he is like everybody else they've encountered, to which Mr. Shepherd responds by encouraging the group to give in and join the other blanks. Oliver seems relaxed at the proposition when Andy notices the birthmark on his forehead. Andy bashes Oliver, splitting half his head off and revealing the blue goo. This initiates a brawl, in which Mr. Shepherd and other blanks are torn apart or bashed. Gary, meanwhile, tries to finish his pint, but joins when Sam is threatened. Somehow, the blanks manage to repair themselves, and Mr. Shepherd once again tells the group to join them, but they flee. Gary makes sure that Sam gets away in her car before he runs off to join the others.Gary rejoins Andy, Steven, and Pete in an abandoned location (it appears to be another pub), where they are all suspicious of each other, accusing one another of having been replaced by a blank. Steven and Pete prove they're still themselves by showing wounds and scars brought on by Gary. Andy shows him a wound while reminding him of the accident they got into, which happened because Andy was driving an overdosed Gary to the hospital, but he ended up rolling the car and crashing, and Gary ditched him after that, leaving Andy to get arrested. The three friends accuse Gary of being a blank, but he proves he's himself by bashing his head against a post (and giving himself a headache).The guys run through the woods to keep going. Pete runs into Shane, who apologizes to him for his bullying. Pete enacts his revenge by beating Shane senseless, even though it becomes apparent that Shane is a blank. Other blanks suddenly start surrounding the woods before they gang up on Pete. One blank places his palm against Pete's face and extracts his DNA. The other three are forced to leave their friend behind.Gary is still hellbent on finishing the Golden Mile, but Andy and Steven are set to get out of Newton Haven. Andy knocks Gary out, and they try to evade the blanks so they can get back to Gary's car. Unfortunately, in order to get to the car, they have to go through...10. The King's HeadAndy places an unconscious Gary on the bar while he and Steven try to unlock the back exit. Gary comes to and pours himself a pint. He tosses Andy his car keys and runs off to the next pub. Refusing to abandon his friend, Andy gives Steven the keys and he runs after Gary.11. The Hole in the WallGary quickly gets his pint here. Steven bursts through the wall of the pub, but he is taken by the blanks. Gary starts running off again, and Andy continues giving chase, fighting off any blank that stands in his way.12. THE WORLD'S ENDThere is already a pint sitting on the table waiting for Gary. He goes to take his drink, but Andy throws it out of his hand. They start fighting as Gary tries to get another glass, and Andy grabs his wrists. They are bandaged up, revealing that Gary attempted suicide. He hates what his life has become, going to meetings to get help, and he feels that the Golden Mile was the last good bit about his life. He starts to pour himself a pint, but when Gary pulls the lever, the whole pub shakes. The bar lowers Gary and Andy down underground to a mysterious chamber.A bright light and booming voice appears. Standing all around the place are other blanks. The voice (Bill Nighy) says they are The Network. Their mission is to recreate a more civilized society on Earth, as they have done in other places before. According to The Network, Earth is the most uncivilized planet in the galaxy. They also provide the humans with eternal youth, which explains why the schoolgirls, among others, still look so young. The Network brings forth the young versions of Gary and his friends. Young Gary tries to convince Gary to let him be the person he used to be, but Gary rips his young counterpart's head off. Steven then comes in, having evaded the blanks. Together, he, Gary, and Andy defy The Network, saying that humans don't need to be changed. They may be fuck-ups, but they are proud to be fuck-ups. The Network decides that it's impossible to argue with Gary and declares "Fuck it" before leaving the place. The place begins to rumble as it starts to self-destruct. Basil shows up to lead the guys out of there. Once they're back outside, Sam drives up and takes the guy's out. The World's End is destroyed, but the self-destruct emits a pulse blast that starts spreading all across Newton Haven. Sam drives like hell and gets herself and the guys away from the blast radius as it consumes the town. Gary lays against Andy as he watches his hometown burn.An unspecified amount of time passes. Andy is sitting around a fire with other people, telling them what happened after The Network left Earth. The self-destruction brought a pulse that affected the entire planet and shut off all technology, putting everybody back in the Dark Ages. Andy says he has reunited with his wife after she previously left him and took their kids. Steven and Sam settled down together as a couple. Oliver and Peter, while still blanks, settled back into the lives of their former selves (Oliver is a half-headed real estate agent and Pete has gone back to his family). However, Andy has no idea what happened to Gary.In the ruins of Newton Haven, Gary is seen walking with the young versions of his friends. They enter a pub with a sign outside that says "no blanks". The humans in the pub look at Gary's friends scornfully, hateful of the blanks. They order five waters, and Gary echoes a speech he made at The First Post when he began the pub crawl. The bartender and some patrons grab weapons while Gary and his friends grab theirs. The bartender asks Gary who he is. He says "They call me the king" and he lunges at the bartender, presumably enacting another crazy brawl.
The World's End
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