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Joe the King (1999)

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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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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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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Opening Weekend:

$11,793 (USA) (17 October 1999)

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$59,014 (USA) (7 November 1999)
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Trivia

A Sussex-Wantage Rams basketball T-shirt is featured. The film 'Daymaker (2007)' was shot in Sussex-Wantage and actress Catie LiTrenta played for the same junior high school team years earlier. She once sent a fan letter to Frank Whaley while residing in this town. See more »

Goofs

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: What do you need the money for? Christ, I coulda got you the money. What the fuck d'you need money for? You're thirteen fucking years old.
Joe: Fourteen
Bob Henry: Well, you're not gonna see fifteen at this rate.
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References The 400 Blows (1959) See more »

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Performed by Wardell Piper
Written by John Fitch (as John H. Fitch Jr.), Reuben Cross, Michael Brown
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At 15 I started working until midnight on school nights. I would catch up on my sleep during Algebra class. Hey, a kid has to prioritize. My parents never asked where I was, never really cared. I think they thought the PTA was the company that helped stranded motorists. I would walk home or take the bus so that my Dad would not show up at school driving his big heap and chain smoking in front of the other kids parents in their BMW's.School dances? no. Football games? no. Dates? no. The only time I would have interaction with the other students was when the jocks where kicking my ass because I had a goofy haircut. My teachers? I went to a public school with a bunch of rich brats. If there was any energy from the teachers I assure you it was not generated towards the poor kid with the fat lip and funny hair. And, so I reminisced on my teenage days while watching Joe the King. A kid who just can not win, no matter where his heart is. Mr. Whaley, you blew me away as an actor, but you have done it as a director and writer also. If Telly Savales were here today he would say, "You've come a long way baby." I have a new idol, I call him Frank.


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