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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Simon Macallum ...
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) (25 April 1999)
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Trivia

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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Stand by Your Man
Written by Billy Sherrill (as B Sherrill) / Tammy Wynette (as T Wynette)
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
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MY NAME IS JOE (KEN LOACH)
15 August 2003 | by (Gent, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Believe me as soon this movie has ended it will be damned difficult not to reach for your handkerchief and not to dry your eyes as this movie really touches you, and director Ken Loach doesn't even need no Titanic-script as according to his style he just picks out some stories of life. We are in Glasgow, Scotland at where we meet Joe (Peter Mullan), an ex-alcoholic who is on the dole and whose sole surviving point is the footballteam (that always loose) he manages. It's more friendship then football but out of a sudden he meets a nurse Sarah (Louise Goodall) and he falls in love. For Sarah it is quite difficult, she loves him but she can't get used to the world Joe lives in, a world that is dominated by poverty. Everything goes badly wrong when Joe decides to help one of his footballplayers Liam (David McKay) who is a junk and who is in the hands of the mob that are awaiting 2000 pounds from him. Little by little Joe is witnessing that he looses everything that he build up the day he said the bottle farewell. This is not Loach's most known film (I guess that is Raining Stones) but this movie really had its impact on the festival of Cannes and it made a sort of indiestar from actor Peter Mullan who recently made his debut as director making "The Magdalene Sisters". Along with Mike Leigh is Loach one of the best British directors ever, a film you absolutely must see!!!!


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