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Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) Poster

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At the end, Joe refers to the "crooked road" he traveled. He walked the crooked sidewalk to the factory, drove the crooked road from the airport, then walked the final crooked path to the top of the volcano, all of which were in the same lightning bolt shape.
The lamp that Joe brings into his office displays the future events in the movie, including the yacht, a volcano (with the same twisting road), a large full moon, and plays the film's theme song, "Marooned Without You".
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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.
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The mask worn by the Waponi who is representing the evil spirit resembles the factory where Joe used to work.
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The cab seen taking Joe's steamer trunks to the sailboat belongs to Hawaii Congressman Neil Abercrombie who is famous for driving a refurbished plantation-era taxi. The graphic on the side of cab is that of the congressman - and is a small nod to the island residents of Hawaii where some of the movie was filmed.
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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.
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Joseph Banks was the name of Captain Cook's chief botanist on his expeditions to the South Pacific in the 18th century.
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Writer's (John Patrick Shanley) trademark: full moon.
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Inspired by the 1952 Goofy short Hello Aloha (1952).
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The coordinates that Patricia gives are -10.1333, -150.3 in decimal format, and places them 10 miles SSW of Caroline Island in the South pacific.
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The books that Joe shows to Mr. Waturi describe the plot of the film: "Romeo and Juliet", "Robinson Crusoe", and "The Odyssey".
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When Joe and DeDe leave the restaurant, there is a billboard on the left with a picture of an erupting volcano and the words "Fire in Paradise".
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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).


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Writer's (John Patrick Shanley) trademark: one lover telling the other not to leave them 'in the stinkin' earth without them'.
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When Joe operates the main drain valve, he is closing it.
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The song the Mexican restaurant band plays is a Spanish language version of "On the Street Where You Live" from My Fair Lady (1964).
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"Joe's Lullaby" (a.k.a the lamp theme) is inspired by the tune "Love's Roundabout" (La Ronde de l'Amour), written by Louis Ducreux and Oscar Straus.
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The scene where Joe goes shopping (supposedly in New York City) was actually filmed on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. You can see the familiar Gucci sign.
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When Joe and Angelica are overlooking Los Angeles in her convertible, her license tag on the rear reads "BAAD GIRL". When she is dropping him back at the hotel in the next scene, the front plate reads "GOOD GIRL".
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The crooked company logo bears a striking resemblance to the logo used by the Southern Company, an electric utility company based in the southeastern US.
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