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
A story of love, lava and burning desire.
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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).
In the storm scene, Joe and Patricia are facing each other (having just kissed) when the boom hits Patricia in the back of the head. In the subsequent cut, she is flung (face-first) into the ocean, but Joe is nowhere to be seen - she would have taken him with her, or at least knocked him over. He's also taller than she is, so he would have been hit too (clearly, nobody had time to duck). See more
I have less than six months to live. The Waponis believe they need a human sacrifice or their island is going to sink into the ocean. They have this mineral your father wants so he hired me to leap into their volcano.
You're not going to make me say that again, are you?
Written by Lorenz Hart
& Richard Rodgers
Performed by Elvis Presley
used during the New York hotel night See more