Up 57 this week

Joe the King (1999)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  22 January 1999 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 2,291 users   Metascore: 64/100
Reviews: 53 user | 31 critic | 23 from

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



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


TV Spotlight: The Top 10 Episodes of "The Walking Dead"

We've curated a list of the top 10 episodes of "The Walking Dead" according to the IMDb user ratings.

Read More

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 17 Dec 2011
a list of 48 titles
created 13 Apr 2013
a list of 35 titles
created 11 months ago
a list of 46 titles
created 8 months ago
a list of 44 titles
created 4 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Joe the King" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Joe the King (1999)

Joe the King (1999) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Joe the King.
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A failed New Jersey inventor embarks on a career as a standup comic, turns to drink, and labors to keep his family together.

Director: Frank Whaley
Stars: Frank Whaley, Carla Gugino, Ethan Hawke
Kill Me Again (1989)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young detective becomes involved with a beautiful woman on the run from the mob and her psychopath boyfriend.

Director: John Dahl
Stars: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Pat Mulligan
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Two down on their luck childhood friends struggle to figure out their lives. Ray a drummer in a rock and roll band, and Owen an aspiring film maker spend most of their time working menial ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Whaley
Stars: Freddie Prinze Jr., Chris Klein, Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A blind man has an operation to regain his sight at the urging of his girlfriend and must deal with the changes to his life.

Director: Irwin Winkler
Stars: Val Kilmer, Mira Sorvino, Kelly McGillis
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A satire about desperate hustling, pop philosophy and big money.

Director: David Salle
Stars: Griffin Dunne, Dennis Hopper, Jason Ferraro
Thunderheart (1992)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young mixed-blood FBI agent is assigned to work with a cynical veteran investigator on a murder on a poverty-stricken Sioux reservation.

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard, Graham Greene
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In 1983, Oliver Nicholas, at thirteen, is well-poised to enter the precocious teenage world of first-sex, vodka and possible-love in New York City when he is traumatized by the stroke of ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Clark
Stars: Spencer List, Pilar López de Ayala, Adriana Barraza
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Valentino is an Ex Adult film star very much in love with his girlfriend Mary Carmen....and boyfriend Gary. Things take a tragic turn when Valentino is rushed to the hospital after ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Ireland
Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Salma Hayek, Thomas Jane
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Slick, smug developer Gavin Ransom has a dream: make millions by blanketing the coastal hills of northern California with flamboyant, mini mansions. His sister Olive a raving ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Parker
Stars: Noah Wyle, Illeana Douglas, Kate Mara
Tadpole (2000)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old boy, Oscar, who falls in love with his stepmother, Eve.

Director: Gary Winick
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Stanford, Kate Mara
Floundering (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In this scathing and subversive social comedy, life in post riot Los Angeles is dissected under the sardonic eye of John Boyz, an unemployed thirty nothing flounderer on Venice Beach who is... See full summary »

Director: Peter McCarthy
Stars: James Le Gros, Shaka, Zander Schloss
Dead Girl (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Director: Adam Coleman Howard
Stars: Anne Parillaud, Adam Coleman Howard, Amanda Plummer


Cast overview, first billed only:
Theresa Henry
Bob Henry
Max Ligosh ...
Mike Henry
James Costa ...
Richard Bright ...
Mr. Brazer
Robert Whaley ...
Little Joe (as Peter Tambakis)
Harlee Ott ...


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

14 year old | debt | money | diner | theft | See All (142) »


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pleasant View Avenue  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$59,014 (USA) (5 November 1999)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The working title of the film was "Pleasant View" during pre-production. See more »


Toward the end of the movie when Joe's father is driving to pick him up, he passes a driveway with a Jeep Wrangler parked in it. If it were the 1970s, it would have been a Jeep CJ-5 or CJ-7. See more »


[spanking Joe violently, making it personal]
Mrs. Basil: You're just like your father.
See more »


References The 400 Blows (1959) See more »


Around The Town
Written by Ray Davies
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The dethroned king
7 January 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This movie came as a total surprise the other night. Intrigued with the prospect of watching Frank Whalley's take on the film, we decided to watch and it paid off royally. Mr. Whalley has learned his lesson well, both in front, and behind the camera. Frank Whalley is a man capable of getting a lot out of his cast, having been in that position himself.

The film is a disturbing account on a family that appears to be beyond dysfunctional. The father, Bob Henry, is a man that life has passed him by and has sought company with the bottle; he is the janitor in his children's school. As seems to be the case with men in this situation, Bob vents his frustrations with whoever crosses him, as we watch in horror the way he beats his wife.

Joe, the sensitive young son, is ridiculed in school by a teacher at a tender age, where compassion for his state in life would have worked better. As he grows, he becomes a a young man that will do whatever in order to get what he wants. He begins stealing from the stores he is sent on errands as well as from the restaurant where he is employed as a dishwasher. We watch him as he eats hungrily the leftovers that come his way before washing those plates. Eventually, Joe will go to stealing from his boss and getting into trouble that will scar him for life. The only kindness Joe receives is from the teacher counselor in his school.

The best achievement for the director is the acting quality he gets from his cast. Noah Fleiss, who portrays Joe, is the best thing in the film. He is a young talent to watch. Val Kilmer is seen as the father who seems to live in a permanent fog caused by his heavy drinking. Karen Young is Theresa, the suffering wife. Ethan Hawke plays the kind hearted teacher and Camryn Manheim is the horrible one.

"Joe the King" deserves a viewing because of the excellent direction of Frank Whalley.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Great movie, with real situations of life joadelav
Last shot on Val jazzgrass
aka 'The 400 Blows' shephrd
Mike Henry pete2141
What year was this suppose to be set in? konflikt_causer
okay i need a little help the_office_addict
Discuss Joe the King (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: