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?
There are at least four references to losing one's soul:
- in the song "Sixteen Tons" played at the start of the movie, the lyric "I sold my soul to the company store"
- Joe responds to DeDe's question in the factory while inspecting his damaged shoe
- Patricia's reference to being soul sick the first night on the yacht
- several lines involving the Waponi's Tobi Chief such as when Joe states that he hopes the chief will not lose his Tobi (soul).
When Joe is golfing on the raft, the wind blows his putting green up and over. Patricia can be seen lifting her hand ostensibly to protect herself. However, she is supposed to be unconscious. See more
And Frank, the coffee. It stinks. It tastes like arsenic. These lights give me a headache; if they don't give you a headache, you must be dead, so let's arrange the funeral!
The Cowboy Song
Written by John Patrick Shanley
Performed by Tom Hanks
used while Joe is adrift on the ocean See more