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My Name Is Joe (1998)

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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Lorraine McIntosh ...
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Anne-Marie Kennedy ...
Sabine (as Annemarie Kennedy)
Scott Hannah ...
Scott
David Peacock ...
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Gordon McMurray ...
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James McHendry ...
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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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£89,656 (United Kingdom), 13 November 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,017, 24 January 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$346,696, 25 April 1999
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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 »

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 101 Dalmatians (1961) See more »

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Hi Ho Silver Lining
Written by Scott English (as English) / Larry Weiss (as Weiss)
Published by Helios Music Corporation
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another Ken Loach winner
1 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

Joe (Peter Mullan) is a guy who has seen it all before. A former alcoholic, he kicked his habit. Now he is unemployed but is paradoxically very active since he trains a little football team and interests himself in young Liam who has a brush with the local underground for a story of unpaid drugs with his young spouse Sabine. He falls in love with Sarah, a social worker who brings them help and support. The two people fall in love whereas to help Liam, Joe is ready to break the law and to do shady jobs for the mobsters. Will his relationship with Sarah be affected by this?

When he places his camera in the popular neighborhoods of a big city eaten away by unemployment, Ken Loach is the defender of the outcasts who are very strongly linked by friendship and mutual support, like Joe here with his tiny football team. Loach refuses to feel pity for them and shots the outset of his film with energy and generosity. Where he also grabs the audience and impresses her is his master at supple cinematographic writing. "My Name is Joe" starts up first time with a humorist perspective that the filmmaker will try to keep to the maximum. You have to see Joe and his sidekick who pretend to be professional house painters to Sarah's. Then, as Liam and Sabine's trouble grow and with Joe's decision to help them, the tone becomes darker, blacker and is here to remind us that we are in Loach's universe. His characters in spite of their big efforts are caught up in a sad fate. In the end, Loach runs the whole gamut of tones with ability in a quite gloomy plot.

The arresting performance of Peter Mullan helps to make Loach's 1998 film more appealing and it's one to discover or rediscover.


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