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Joe the King (1999)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  22 January 1999 (USA)
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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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Mike Henry
James Costa ...
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Richard Bright ...
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Mr. Brazer
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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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14 year old | debt | money | diner | theft | See more »

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

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$59,014 (USA) (5 November 1999)
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Frank Whaley has referred to this movie as "semi-autobiographical." 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: 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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Around The Town
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Remember that kid at school that was dressed like a bum and was always in trouble?
2 January 2001 | by (Chapel Hill, NC) – See all my reviews

I remember a kid at my elementary school named Anthony. He was a quiet kid, kind of dumb, or lazy. He wore thrift store clothes and reeked of cigarette smoke. One time this kid stole my jacket and was wearing it a few days later at school. He'd crossed my name and address out of the inside tag. I think he got suspended for it. After watching this movie and thinking back, I'd wished I'd let him keep it. This film is hauntingly realistic of those kids in school who weren't like the rest of us. What we didn't know at the time about these kids, were that they came from lousy homes; their parents weren't much of parents, and they really had no way of knowing right from wrong. The movie was quite thought provoking, bringing me back to my elementary and middle school days, and finally gave me empathy for Anthony. God only knows where he is now.


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