Joe versus the Volcano is a fable which opens with somewhat surrealistic scenes of the dehumanization of Joe Bank's job and work environment (at a company whose product rather literally screws people) with imagery that seems to have been inspired by the classic film Metropolis. Joe is diagnosed with an incurable disease, quits his dehumanizing job, and accepts an offer to briefly "live like a king, die like a man" - but to fulfill his agreement he must willingly jump into a live volcano on the island of Waponi Woo in order to appease the volcano god. En route to the island, Joe meets a series of interesting characters in NYC and LA, then boards a yacht, captained by Patricia Graynamore. During the voyage Joe and Patricia survive disaster, fall in love, and finally arrive at the island where they face their destiny. Written by
An Average Joe. An Adventurous Comedy.
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Did You Know?
Joseph Banks was the name of Captain Cook's chief botanist on his expeditions to the South Pacific in the 18th century. See more
Joe and Anjelica must have taken an awfully circuitous route to go from LAX to Los Angeles, since the drive is through Culver City, not the Pacific Coast Highway. See more
Would you like to hear one of my poems?
Long ago, the delicate tangles of his hair... covered the emptiness of my hand... Would you like to hear it again?
Long ago, the delicate tangles of his hair... covered the emptiness of my hand.
Written by Merle Travis
Performed by Eric Burdon
used in the introduction where Joe goes to work See more