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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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  (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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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 »
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 Casper (1995)See more »
Violin Concerto in D major, op. 61See more »


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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A work of compassion and humanity, 14 March 2005
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Ken Loach has been making films about working class families for many years and My Name is Joe is one of his most powerful. Peter Mullan is instantly likable as Joe Kavanagh, a recovering alcoholic from Ruchill, a decaying suburb of Glasgow, who has a lot at stake. He has fallen in love with Sarah (Louis Goodall), a health worker, and wants to go straight but circumstances conspire against him. He is determined to help his friend Liam (David McKay) when he gets behind on his payments to a drug dealer but his options are limited and he is forced to make a choice that threatens the stability of his fragile relationship.

Mullan won the Best Actor award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival and it is fully deserved. We know that Joe's problems are overwhelming but we root for him to make it in spite of the odds because of his warmth and humor and generosity towards others. Joe has been sober for a year and attends sessions of Alcoholics Anonymous. He also coaches the local soccer team composed of unemployed workers who have won only one game the entire year. When he meets Sarah, a social worker for the Health Department who is visiting Liam and his wife Sabine (Anne-Marie Kennedy) and young child, things start to look up. We do not learn much about Sarah's past but it is obvious that the two have discovered each other at a crucial point in their life.

In a powerful scene, Sarah asks Joe why he stopped drinking and he tells her how he had beaten a woman he was dating and has never forgiven himself. Both are very tentative about getting involved but they are also drawn to each other and can think about the future for the first time. Sadly, the world has other plans. Sabine is a heroin addict who used the drugs she was supposed to sell and is in serious debt to a local drug dealer McGowan (David Hayman), an old friend of Joe's. When the mobster boss demands that Liam cover his wife's debt or they will break his legs, Joe tries to moderate and ends up striking a deal with the mob, leading to a series of unfortunate events. In one of the most emotionally gripping scenes, Sarah berates Joe for lying to her and he responds "Some of us don't have a choice. Some of us don't have a f***ing choice." The mean streets of Ruchill are strewn with the results of urban decay and Loach does not spare us the details. He even mocks the image of bonnie Scotland with a scene involving a kilt-clad bagpiper playing the same three songs over and over for a group of tourists. Combining gritty realism with humor, My Name is Joe has an outstanding script by Paul Laverty and fully dimensional characters that transcend clichés. Loach does not pass judgment on his characters or directly condemn society for their failings. It is a work of compassion and humanity.

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