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My Name Is Joe (1998)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Kavanagh
Louise Goodall ...
Sarah Downie
Lorraine McIntosh ...
David McKay ...
Anne-Marie Kennedy ...
Sabine (as Annemarie Kennedy)
Scott Hannah ...
David Peacock ...
Gordon McMurray ...
James McHendry ...
Paul Clark ...
Paul Gillan ...
Stephen Docherty ...


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Benim adim Joe  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£89,656 (UK) (13 November 1998)


$346,696 (USA) (23 April 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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With the exception of David McKay (Liam), all the members of Joe's football team had no previous acting experience and were local residents, some with previous drug problems. See more »


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


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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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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