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Meet Joe Black (1998)

Death, who takes the form of a young man, asks a media mogul to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth and in the process he falls in love with his guide's daughter.

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Joe Black / Young Man in Coffee Shop
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Allison
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David S. Howard ...
Eddie Sloane
Lois Kelly-Miller ...
Jahnni St. John ...
Jamaican Woman's Daughter
Richard Clarke ...
Butler
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Lillian
Diane Kagan ...
Jennifer
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Helen
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Construction Foreman
Suzanne Hevner ...
Florist
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Storyline

Bill Parrish, media tycoon, loving father and still a human being, is about to celebrate his 65th birthday. One morning, he is contacted by the Inevitable - by hallucination, as he thinks. Later, Death itself enters his home and his life, personified in a man's body: Joe Black has arrived. His intention was to take Bill with him, but accidentally, Joe's former host and Bills beautiful daughter Susan have already met. Joe begins to develop certain interest in life on earth as well as in Susan, who has no clue who she's flirting with. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Meet Joe Black: Sooner or Later Everyone Does See more »

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Rated PG-13 for an accident scene, some sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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13 November 1998 (USA)  »

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¿Conoces a Joe Black?  »

Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,017,995 (USA) (13 November 1998)

Gross:

$44,606,335 (USA) (5 February 1999)
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Trivia

When The Young Man (Brad Pitt) and Susan discuss how "nothing lasts" in the coffee shop it's the same sentiment Pitt expresses to Daisy in 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'. See more »

Goofs

In the coffee shop, Susan pours cream into her coffee three times, and puts sugar in twice. See more »

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[first lines]
Construction Foreman: Please. Please. Don't worry. Don't worry.
Allison: It's utter chaos around here. And I'm terrified we're running out of time. Am I trying to be too perfect?
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Referenced in Beethoven's 3rd (2000) See more »

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Can't Help Loving That Man
Written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
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Absolutely Spectacular Movie that leaves you Pondering for Days Afterward
15 April 2006 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

I thought this movie was quite clearly spectacular. I mean, from the trailer it looked like some teen, low-production-cost flick that I'd stay as far away as possible, but in truth, the movie was deep, meaningful and left you thinking about it for ages and ages afterward.

The actors were brilliant. I thought Brad Pitt, against a lot of people's expectations, performed very convincingly, and Anthony Hopkins, as always, stunned me and transported me. Claire Forlani was the only main actress who suffered slightly but still pulled off a reasonable performance. I personally thought the Jamaican Woman, played by Lois Kelly-Miller was very touching, and the conversations between most of the characters were all interesting and well, some of the advice you could put into use in your own daily lives.

The story line is edgy and dwells on sensitive subjects such as Death, Love and Happiness, I suppose. The wisdom behind it is unmistakable. I think this movie is underrated. Despite the disappointing Trailer, the movie will blow you away. I watched it on VCD, something that has low-ish quality on a computer, yet I managed to sit through all 170 minutes, completely stunned and unable to budge from concentration.

Overall, this movie is definitely recommended. A bit deep for your kids, I guess- I tried watching it with my niece but she ruined it slightly by everlasting flow of questions.

I'm giving it a 10/10 for it being emotional and funny at times. Overall a serious movie, and one that will truly make you think. It is quite complex and will definitely leave some strings untied, but I guess a bit of room for imagination never hurt anyone.


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