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My Name Is Joe (1998)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  22 January 1999 (USA)
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Two thirtysomethings, unemployed former alcoholic Joe and community health worker Sarah, start a romantic relationship in the one of the toughest Glasgow neighbourhoods.

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Joe Kavanagh
Louise Goodall ...
Sarah Downie
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Shanks
Lorraine McIntosh ...
Maggie
David McKay ...
Liam
Anne-Marie Kennedy ...
Sabine (as Annemarie Kennedy)
Scott Hannah ...
Scott
David Peacock ...
Hooligan
Gordon McMurray ...
Scrag
James McHendry ...
Perfume
Paul Clark ...
Zulu
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Mojo
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Robbo
Paul Gillan ...
Davy
Stephen Docherty ...
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Two thirtysomethings, unemployed former alcoholic Joe and community health worker Sarah, start a romantic relationship in the one of the toughest Glasgow neighbourhoods. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for pervasive language and some violence, sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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22 January 1999 (USA)  »

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Benim adim Joe  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£89,656 (UK) (13 November 1998)

Gross:

$346,696 (USA) (23 April 1999)
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During the scene where the football team steal the strips from the depot, Gordon McMurray (Scrag) was stopped by suspicious police officers while running after the van, as he was well-known to them. The cameras were some distance away and director Ken Loach had to step in to explain he was part of a film. See more »

Goofs

The reflection of the boom microphone is visible in the television set when Sarah is talking with Sabine at the school. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Downie: Get out of my way! Leave me!
Joe Kavanagh: No. No. No, calm down. Just calm down.
Sarah Downie: Are you gonna hit me too, Joe?
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References Angel Baby (1995) See more »

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Spirit in the Sky
Written and Performed by Norman Greenbaum
Published by Great Honesty Music / Westminster Music Ltd
Used courtesy of Trans/Tone Prod
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A Very Touching Movie
15 December 2003 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Glasgow, Joe Kavanagh (Peter Mullan, in a superb performance) is an ex-alcoholic and unemployed simple, but good man. He is the couch of a soccer team, formed by poor players. Joe meets Sarah Downie (Louise Goodall), a community health worker and they start a romance. Liam (David McKay) is a player in Joe's team and ex-addicted in drugs. He has a beautiful son, but his wife Sabine (Anne-Marie Kennedy) is still using drugs and raises a huge debt together with the local drug dealer McGowan (David Hayman). Joe becomes aware of the problem and McGowan offers four options: the debt of 2.000 pounds be paid, Sabine becomes a prostitute, Liam becomes a drug dealer or Joe makes two delivers of drugs for him. Joe accepts the last option, jeopardizing the love of Sarah for him. This very touching low budget movie is an authentic lesson to Hollywood personnel of `How to make an excellent movie having an outstanding director, a wonderful screenplay and marvelous cast'. The story is simple, very credible and with no concessions. The focus is part of the Scottish population that lives in poverty conditions and without many options in life, and it is painful. The end of the story will break the heart of the viewer: it is impossible not to be with wet eyes. The soundtrack suits perfectly to this film. My vote is nine.


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