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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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Robert Whaley ...
Jerry
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Storyline

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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

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 »

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

Mike Henry: The old man went nuts.
Joe Henry: What?
Mike Henry: He broke all her records.
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Written by Reginald J. Hargis, Edward D. Irons Jr., Raymond Lincoln Ransom Jr.
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26 November 2002 | by (Yongin, South Korea) – See all my reviews

I've always been a huge fan of Frank Whaley, and I've always found him to be one of the most under-appreciated, really great actors to have emerged in the 1990s. Here in his directorial debut, Whaley paints a deeply moving portrait of a troubled family floundering at the poverty level. Young Noah Fleiss is absolutely heart-breaking as the morally corrupt child of an abusing father, played by Val Kilmer in his most earnest dramatic role. Whaley's movie, drawn from his own life, is a touching, moving indie that should have gotten better notice.


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