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Joe the King (1999)

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A disadvantaged, abused, neglected, exploited but basically decent kid slips into criminality while trying to cope with his harsh, inescapable reality.

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Theresa Henry
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Winston
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Bob Henry
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Mike Henry
James Costa ...
Ray
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Mary
Richard Bright ...
Roy
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Mr. Brazer
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Jorge
Robert Whaley ...
Jerry
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Little Joe (as Peter Tambakis)
Harlee Ott ...
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A destitute 14-year-old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major takes until he steals a cash box from the diner where he works. Although Joe uses the money to pay off some of his father's debts and to replace his mother's records that his father smashed in a fit of temper, Joe gets no thanks. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language and abusive situations concerning a child | See all certifications »

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22 January 1999 (USA)  »

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Pleasant View Avenue  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$11,793 (USA) (15 October 1999)

Gross:

$59,014 (USA) (5 November 1999)
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Near the end of the movie where Henry is making an attempt to tell Joe how much he really cares, the lullaby music coming form the ice cream truck was unintentional. But Whaley liked the way it felt, so he left it in. See more »

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Although the film is supposed to take place during the 1970s, Joe is seen wearing a name brand underwear with the company logo on the waistband. This particular brand didn't produce that style until the late 1990s. See more »

Quotes

Bob Henry: You stink. I can smell your fucking shoes from here. I want you to take those, like I told you a thousand times before, and throw them in the fucking trash.
Joe Henry: Why don't you buy me some new ones?
Bob Henry: You're the big man. You're the workin' man.
Joe Henry: Yeah, you know what I make?
Bob Henry: Oh, why don't you tell me about it, big man, working man.
Joe Henry: You don't wanna know.
Bob Henry: Yeah, how much you take in tonight? Let me see your wallet. Come here.
Joe Henry: Why? You wanna borrow some?
Bob Henry: Are you through? Come on. You finished?
Joe Henry: Every time I ...
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Referenced in Return to Innocence (2001) See more »

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Highway Song
Performed by Blackfoot
Written by Rickey Medlocke (as Rickey Lynn Medlocke) & Jason W. Spires
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A heart-wrenching tour de force!
11 November 2002 | by (Shropshire, England) – See all my reviews

I came across this film almost by accident. I have a habit of searching the IMDB for other films of actors and actresses whose performances I have enjoyed. So it was that I saw the promise of Noah Fleiss, as shown in Josh and S.A.M., bloom to fruition in his mature performance in this wonderful film.

Joe is a youngster living in poverty and deprived of love. He is brutalised and humiliated by his teacher and by his drunken father. Only his favoured brother, Mike and a similarly love-starved friend, and eventually a concerned counsellor (Ethan Hawke) lend him any support. Remarkably Joe is totally unselfish and, having slaved to earn cash just to survive and to improve the lives of those close to him, he is gradually driven more and more into crime.

I watched this film with two friends and the three of us were so captivated by this touching story that none of us moved or uttered a word until long after the credits had finished rolling. When the silence was broken it was with the words "Wow! How good was that?" Remember the name, Noah Fleiss, because he is destined to be a star.


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