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My Name Is Joe -- Joe Cavanaugh thought he finally had his life together -- odd jobs, the love of a good woman, the respect of the community. But when a young man on a soccer team he coaches gets in trouble with the mob, Joe must battle his past to save his future.
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22 January 1999 (USA) See more »
Two thirtysomethings, unemployed former alcoholic Joe and community health worker Sarah, start a romantic... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Entertaining film about "social issues" See more (44 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Mullan ... Joe Kavanagh
Louise Goodall ... Sarah Downie

Gary Lewis ... 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

Stephen McCole ... Mojo

Simon Macallum ... Robbo
Paul Gillan ... Davy
Stephen Docherty ... Doc
Paul Doonan ... Tattie
Cary Carbin ... Sepp Maier

David Hayman ... McGowan
Martin McCardie ... Alf
Jamie McNeish ... Shuggy (as James McNeish)
Kevin James Kelly ... Jake (as Kevin Kelly)

Brian Timoney ... Scooter
David Hough ... Referee
Sandy West ... DSS Investigator
John Comerford ... DSS Supervisor
Carol Pyper Rafferty ... Rhona
Elaine M. Ellis ... 2nd Receptionist
Stewart Ennis ... Doctor Boyle
Andy Townsley ... Husband
Ann Marie Lafferty ... Wife

Bill Murdoch ... Postman
Kate Black ... Kiosk Attendant

Rab Affleck ... Lorry Driver
Archie Clark
Tom Dingwall
Amanda Godfrey
Jimmy Hanlon
Eddie McIntyre
Joe Mills (as Father Joe Mills)
John Smith
Dorothy Jane Stewart
Rab Wilson

Directed by
Ken Loach 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Laverty  screenplay

Produced by
Ulrich Felsberg .... executive producer
Rebecca O'Brien .... producer
Original Music by
George Fenton 
Cinematography by
Barry Ackroyd 
Film Editing by
Jonathan Morris 
Casting by
Gillian Berrie 
Steven Mochrie 
Production Design by
Martin Johnson 
Art Direction by
Fergus Clegg 
Costume Design by
Rhona Russell 
Makeup Department
Anastasia Shirley .... makeup artist
Catherine Shirley .... makeup artist
Production Management
Peter Gallagher .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Gilchrist .... assistant director
Mark Murdoch .... third assistant director
Michael Queen .... assistant director
Art Department
Frank Cameron .... carpenter
Ursula Cleary .... art department assistant
Paul Curren .... painter
Stephen Hargreaves .... construction manager
Chris McMillan .... props
Paul McNamara .... stand-by props
Craig Menzies .... production buyer
Craig Merciers .... prop buyer
Campbell Mitchell .... props
Bert Ross .... carpenter
Sound Department
Ray Beckett .... sound recordist
Fiona Carlin .... boom operator
Stephen Griffiths .... dubbing editor
John Hayward .... sound
Peter Murphy .... boom operator (as Pete Murphy)
Richard Pryke .... assistant dubbing mixer
Alan Sallabank .... sound assistant
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
David Cronnelly .... stunt rigger
Paul Heasman .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Julie Bills .... second assistant camera
Alick Fraser .... clapper loader
Jeremy Gee .... second camera operator
Carl Hudson .... focus puller
Willie Kelly .... electrician
Helmut Prein .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fiona King .... wardrobe mistress
Catherine Shirley .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Anthony Morris .... first assistant editor
Mark Wright .... negative cutter
Music Department
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Geoff Young .... music recordist
Other crew
Michael Higson .... location assistant
Georgina Isherwood .... production coordinator
Brian Kaczynski .... location manager
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
Patricia Wink .... production secretary

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Rated R for pervasive language and some violence, sexuality and drug use
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Boom mic visible: 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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Movie Connections:
References Toy Story (1995)See more »
Down the DustpipeSee more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining film about "social issues", 14 January 1999
Author: Yngvar Myrvold from Tonsberg, Norway

Ken Loach is a truly exceptional film-maker. Like Bunuel, he has seemingly risen from the dead (during Thatcher's reign) and re-emerged as an international force. I found his latest film "My name is Joe" to be a hugely enjoyable affair, perhaps a little less abrasive and direct than his earlier efforts, like "Poor cow" and "Family life". Even so, he depicts "working class"- people with the same warmth and insight as before.

The main character is Joe, a jobless reformed alcoholic in Glasgow with a heart of gold. In the attempt to better the lot of those around him, (and forget his self-loathing) Joe organizes a football team and makes house-calls on those in need of support, especially Liam and Sabine, a young couple in dire straits. Liam owes 500 pounds to the local drug-dealer, and Sabine has likewise racked up a debt. Joe tries his best to offer help, but when he is forced to perform a criminal act, he runs the risk of losing his law-abiding girl-friend into the bargain.

Joe is a character whom you instantly like. Even his transgressions won't make you think the worse of him, as he quite obviously suffers from what he's done. Joe wants to lead a "normal" life, stay on the right side of the law, get a girlfriend and what have you. But he just can't juggle off his past as a drunkard, he can't get off the dole and so hasn't the means to move away from his run-down apartment, his rotten little suburb. His only hope is to get someone to love him, someone to lift him out of the rut, to boost his self-esteem.

It is, for sure, a touching, humane story, beautifully scripted, shot in a simple style, and with a wonderful central performance by Peter Mullan. My question is, is it more? Is MNIJ a valid comment on deprived communities in Britain today? Do there still exist working class ethics like the ones Loach depicts in this movie? And are they still as relevant as when Britain was poor back in the 60' ies, the decade of Loach's first movies?

Granted, there are still poor, neglected people aplenty, but do they behave like this? This movie seems a little on the soft side compared to say Gillian MacKinnon's "Small faces", and even "Trainspotting". "MNIJ, I feel, is more of a self-contained Chekhovian drama than an attack on our bourgeois sensibilities.

(The soundtrack, by the way, consists mostly of dangerously out-dated glam-rock material from the 70' ies. Painful stuff!) Call me flippant, but I didn't feel like hitting a drug dealer, or tearing the social fabric after watching this movie. Perhaps it should have hurt more. Even so, it's a fabulous film by a unique director.

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