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?
The company logo is seen in the entrance to the factory, in the crumbling wall in Joe's house, in the shape of the lightning bolt that sinks the boat, in the way up to the volcano, and, in the film's trailer (included on the DVD) is the lightning bolt that travels up the film's title and strikes the top. See more
Joe buys four steamer trunks, but when afloat in the ocean there are 12 strapped together. Later, when they bob to the surface, there are only four again. See more
Have you thought much about luggage, Mr. Banks?
It's the central preoccupation of my life.
Referenced in This Time Tomorrow
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Jerome Kern
Performed by Ray Charles
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