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?
Not only did Meg Ryan
play all three female leads but also did the voice of the flight attendant welcoming the flight to L.A. See more
When Patricia is telling the story of the Waponi tribe, she reads that they were descended from Roman sailors blown "1000 miles off course." Considering that the tribe is in the South Pacific and neither the Suez nor Panama Canals existed in ancient times, getting there from Rome would require a journey of at least ten times that distance. See more
My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement.
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Jerome Kern
Performed by Ray Charles
used following the doctor's diagnosis See more