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Melissa Compton
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Frank Russo
Tim Lewis ...
Kid in Soda Shop
Estelle Omens ...
Woman in Bargain Store
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Man in Bargain Store
Marlene Warfield ...
Bellevue Nurse
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Bill Compton
Audrey Caire ...
Joan Compton
Mary Case ...
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Jenny Paine ...
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Reid Cruickshanks ...
Rudy Churney ...
Man in Bar
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Mary Lou Curran (as K. Callan)
Robert Emerick ...
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Bill, a wealthy businessman, confronts his junkie daughter's drug-dealing boyfriend; in the ensuing argument, Bill kills him. Panic-stricken, he wanders the streets and eventually stops at a bar. There he runs into a drunken factory worker named Joe, who hates hippies, blacks, and anyone who is "different", and would like to kill one himself. The two start talking, and Bill reveals his secret to Joe. Complications ensue. Written by Anonymous

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$106,000 (estimated)

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$19,184,330 (USA)
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Reaction to this film disturbed actor Peter Boyle for years. He refused the lead role in The French Connection (1971) and other roles that glamorized violence after people cheered his role in this project. See more »

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Microphone briefly visible over Joe's head in phone booth. See more »

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Joe: Forty-two percent of all liberals are queer, that's a fact. The Wallace people did a poll.
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Hey Joe
Sung by Dean Michaels
Music by Bobby Scott
Lyrics by Danny Meehan
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Hey, Joe...don't it make you want to go to war...once more?

Norman Wexler, who went on to encapsulate the zeitgeist in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and to create deathless, hyper-offensive camp in MANDINGO, was a prince among hot-button-pushers in JOE. When a Madison Avenue type (Dennis Patrick) throttles to death the sneering drug pusher who was the lover of his daughter (Susan Sarandon), he meets an unlikely fan and friend: Joe Curran (Peter Boyle), a racist, hippie-hating hardhat type who's as far from the genteel Mr. Compton as warm root beer is from gravlax and eggs. The movie is as flummoxing, and as weirdly elating, as a deeply abusive boyfriend. One minute it's getting you to giggle along with the no-baloney Joe; a second later, he's a Hitlerian psychopath. At times, we're touched by the friendship and mutual respect that crosses class lines; at other times, we're made to chuckle at Joe and his wife's homely ways, and at still others Compton's brand of magazine-derived good taste comes in for a beating. Like another surprise hit of its year, PATTON, JOE has that non-lecturing, read-it-this-way-or-that quality. Nearly every scene has something for an audience to cheer or boo (and oftentimes, those are the same things). The director, John G. Avildsen, has a few real winners (SAVE THE TIGER, NEIGHBORS) in his undistinguished career; this may be tops among them.


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