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Joe Dirt -- Joe Dirt is a janitor with a mullet hairdo, acid-washed jeans and a dream -- to find the parents he lost at the Grand Canyon when he was a belligerent, trailer park-raised, eight-year-old. Now, the irrepressibly optimistic Joe hits the road alone in search of his folks, but as Joe's life story unfolds, jeers turn to cheers, and an entire captivated city tunes in to hear the adventures of Joe Dirt.
Joe Dirt -- David Spade stars as Joe Dirt, an idiot who works as an oil weller who is on the search for his parents who abandoned him when he was a baby at the grand canyon.


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Writers (WGA):
David Spade (written by) &
Fred Wolf (written by)
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Release Date:
11 April 2001 (USA) See more »
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After being abandoned by his parents at the Grand Canyon, Joe Dirt tells the story of his journey to find his parents. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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David Spade ... Joe Dirt

Brittany Daniel ... Brandy

Dennis Miller ... Zander Kelly

Adam Beach ... Kicking Wing

Christopher Walken ... Clem

Jaime Pressly ... Jill

Kid Rock ... Robby

Erik Per Sullivan ... Little Joe Dirt
Megan Taylor Harvey ... Joe's Little Sister

Caroline Aaron ... Joe's Mom

Fred Ward ... Joe's Dad

John Farley ... Security Guard

Bob Zany ... Man
Bean Miller ... Man
Lee Walker ... Zeke
Que Kelly ... Beauty College Woman

Kathleen Randazzo ... Beauty College Woman (as Kathleen Lambert)

Liz Torres ... Beauty College Woman

Elisa Leonetti ... Beauty College Woman

Chris Wylde ... Railroad Boy
Justin Staffer ... Railroad Boy
Justin Kupanoff ... Railroad Boy
Hamilton Camp ... Meteor Bert
Tom McGillen ... Painter
John Kirk ... Painter

Anthony Mastromauro ... Painter
Greg M. Martin ... Dude

Angela Paton ... Woman with Roadrunner

Robb Skyler ... Man at Dental Clinic

Tyler Mane ... Bondi

Gordon Michaels ... Oil Rig Boss
Lenny Schmidt ... Bill

Rance Howard ... Bomb Squad Cop
Erin Murphy ... Sorority Girl

Bree Turner ... Sorority Girl

Natalia Cigliuti ... Sorority Girl
Avery Rosin ... Kid at Carnival

Brian Thompson ... Buffalo Bob

Steven Brill ... Cop at Crime Scene

Mitzi Martin ... Miss Clipper
Mark Abney ... Cafeteria Kid
Ian Falk ... Cafeteria Kid
Matthew Siemonsma ... Cafeteria Kid
Joshua Farrell ... Cafeteria Kid (as Joshua Ferrell)
Alexandra Amoscato ... Cafeteria Kid
Brian Chiesa ... Cafeteria Kid
Eric Marquette ... Chemistry Student

Fred Stoller ... Chemistry Teacher

Steve Schirripa ... Hood (as Steven Schirripa)

Kevin P. Farley ... Cop at Clem's (as Kevin Farley)

Richard Riehle ... Car Dealer

Blake Clark ... Old Cajun Man
Hal Fishman ... Himself
Eddie Money ... Himself

David Garry ... Joe's Fan

Jourdan Fremin ... Reporter at Parent's House
Kristina Simonds ... Newswoman on the Bridge

Karl Makinen ... Cop at Bridge

James Tupper ... Cop at Bridge
Jana Sandler ... Woman on Bridge
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rosanna Arquette ... Charlene the Gator Farmer (uncredited)
Michael Arturo ... Reporter (uncredited)

Joe Don Baker ... Don, Brandy's Dad (uncredited)

Michael Beardsley ... High School Student (uncredited)

Teresa Couch ... Cafeteria Kid (uncredited)

Carson Daly ... Himself (uncredited)

Alison Ebbert ... Balloon Girl (uncredited)
Chance Eldridge ... Wrestle Alligator (uncredited)

Kathleen Freeman ... Joe Dirt's Foster Mother (uncredited)

Dan Hannon ... Friendly Neighbor (uncredited)
Amanda Herzberg ... Cafeteria Kid (uncredited)
Paxton Hickey ... Tourist (uncredited)
Tammi Land ... Production Assistant (uncredited)
Adam Lieberman ... Joe Dirt Guy (uncredited)

Karen McDougal ... Taller Brunette Lifeguard (uncredited)

Jo McGinley ... Woman #12 (uncredited)

Robin Meyer ... Cute Girl (uncredited)
Paul Moncrief ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)

Kevin Nealon ... Greasy Mechanic (uncredited)
Brian Ruppert ... Skateboarder (uncredited)

Amy Weber ... Shorter Brunette Lifeguard (uncredited)

Fred Wolf ... Freddy the Producer (uncredited)

Directed by
Dennie Gordon 
Writing credits
David Spade (written by) &
Fred Wolf (written by)

Produced by
Jack Giarraputo .... executive producer
Adam Sandler .... executive producer
Ira Shuman .... co-producer
Robert Simonds .... producer
Original Music by
Waddy Wachtel 
Cinematography by
John R. Leonetti (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peck Prior 
Casting by
Roger Mussenden 
Production Design by
Perry Andelin Blake 
Art Direction by
Alan Au 
Set Decoration by
Evette Knight  (as Evette Frances Knight)
Costume Design by
Alexandra Welker 
Makeup Department
Ralph M. Abalos .... hair stylist
Cheryl Markowitz .... makeup artist (as Cheryl Ann Markowitz)
Elaine L. Offers .... makeup artist (as Elaine Offers)
Violet Ortiz .... hair stylist
Ann Pala .... key makeup artist
Thomas Real .... department head hair stylist
Production Management
Dustin Bernard .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anne Berger .... second second assistant director (as Anne M. Berger)
Susan E. Fiore .... second assistant director (as Susan Fiore)
Rip Murray .... first assistant director
Marty Eli Schwartz .... first assistant director (as Marty E. Schwartz)
Art Department
Maike Both .... buyer
Susan A. Burig .... graphic designer
Shawn Crossan .... foreman
Paul Duchemin .... set dressing
Thierry Labbe .... set dresser
Michael Mikita Jr. .... paint supervisor
Mike Reiber .... paint decorator gang boss
Jared Scardina .... set dresser
Brett V. Shirley .... set dresser
Domenic Silvestri .... set designer
Eliza Steel .... art department administrator
Eliza Steel .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Bach .... adr supervisor
Joe Barnett .... sound re-recording mixer
Weldon Brown .... adr mixer
Paula Fairfield .... supervising sound editor
Russell Farmarco .... sound editor
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Orada Jusatayanond .... sound editor
David Kelson .... sound mixer (as David M. Kelson)
Ai-Ling Lee .... sound editor
Richard Lightstone .... sound mixer
Dan Lipe .... boom operator
Diane Marshall .... foley artist (as S. Diane Marshall)
Carla Murray .... sound effects
Anthony Ortiz .... boom operator
Klaus Peintner .... sound editor (as Klaus Peinter)
John Ross .... sound re-recording mixer
Alec St. John .... foley mixer
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Johanna Turner .... transfer engineer
Clayton Weber .... assistant sound editor
Elmo Weber .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Dwight Rolle .... special effects assistant (as Dwight Robinson)
Christy Sumner .... special effects supervisor
Ken Tarallo .... special effects
Malia Thompson .... special effects technician
David Gallion .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Joe Heffernan .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Kent Demaine .... creative director: interactive design
Derek Ledbetter .... visual effects
Richard Malzahn .... visual effects supervisor
Greg Anthony .... utility stunts
Craig Branham .... stunts
Mark Chadwick .... stunts
Danny Downey .... stunts
Jeff Evans .... stunts (as Jeffrey R. Evans)
David Brian Martin .... stunt double: David Spade
Cliff McLaughlin .... stunts
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator (as Ernie Orsatti)
Noon Orsatti .... stunts
Allen Robinson .... stunts
Spike Silver .... stunts
Clark Tucker .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Amy Alarian .... electrician
Rikki Alarian .... second assistant camera
William H. Battersby Jr. .... camera operator: "b" camera
Bryan Booth .... electrician
Walter Byrnes .... rigging grip: re-shoot
Charles Crivier .... dolly grip
Stephan Dalyai .... lighting technician
Jon Baronn Farmer .... still photographer (as Jon Farmer)
Jay M. Huntoon .... video assist operator (as Jay Huntoon)
Derrick Kolus .... chief lighting technician
Greg McCurley .... lighting technician
Brent Morgan .... assistant chief lighting technician
Larry Nielsen .... first assistant camera (as Lawrence W. Nielson)
Christopher Prampin .... gaffer: additional photography
Ann Rabin .... assistant camera: reshoot
Harry Rez .... key grip (as Harry L. Rez)
Jason Rez .... best boy grip
Scott Ronnow .... second assistant camera (as Scott C. Ronnow)
Mark Santoni .... first assistant camera
Scott Toland .... rigging gaffer
John Trapman .... aerial director of photography
Stephen J. Ullman .... camera operator
Roger Wall .... film loader
Casting Department
Sasha Adkinson .... extras casting
Elizabeth Boykewich .... casting associate (as Elizabeth Torres)
Jennifer Saxon .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rochelle Best .... costumer
Kathleen Russo .... key costumer (as Kathy Russo)
Jennifer L. Soulages .... costume supervisor
Lisa Wong .... costumer (2001)
Editorial Department
Rayford Berrymon .... assistant editor
Jennifer Hatton .... assistant editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Bart Rachmil .... second assistant editor
Eric Rigney .... avid technician
Matvey Shatz .... color timer
Sandy S. Solowitz .... first assistant editor (as Sandy Solowitz)
Dale Jones .... avid technician (uncredited)
Music Department
Brian Arbuckle .... orchestrator
Christine Cholvin .... assistant music editor
Michael Dilbeck .... music supervisor
Peter Doell .... score recordist
Mark Eshelman .... scoring crew
Jason Lloyd .... scoring crew
Steven Scott Smalley .... orchestrator
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Pat Weber .... scoring technician
Other crew
Benjamin Adams .... production accountant (as Paul Benjamin Adams)
Michael Alexander .... animal trainer
Arthur L. Bernstein .... assistant to Allen Covert: post production
Ken Bondy .... craft service (as Kenneth A. Bondy)
Eamon Buehning .... payroll accountant
Jennifer Clymer .... production secretary
Linda Mirella Cuevas .... assistant: Mr. Simonds (as Linda Cuevas)
Juliana FauntLeRoy .... production assistant
Eric L. Fersten .... assistant: Ms. Gordon
Rob Frank .... assistant location manager (as Robert S. Frank)
James Hinton .... assistant accountant
Derek Hurd .... key craft service
Jerrold McKinley Ivery .... assistant post-production accountant
Nancy Karlin .... script supervisor
Wendi Laski .... unit publicist
Jonathan Loughran .... assistant: Mr. Sandler
Joseph Malone .... choreographer
Lynne Martin .... production assistant
Terrence Martin .... assistant production coordinator
Edward Mazurek .... key assistant location manager
Michael Neale .... location manager (as Michael E. Neale)
Joshua L.T. O'Malley .... assistant accountant
Daniel Penhale .... production assistant
Rhonda Reznick .... assistant production accountant
Page Rosenberg-Marvin .... production coordinator
Jana Sandler .... production assistant
Jessica Erin Scully .... production secretary
B.J. Smith .... set medic (as BJ Smith)
Brenda Taylor .... production assistant
Eli Wolstan .... assistant: Mr. Giarraputo

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Adventures of Joe Dirt" - Canada (English title) (TV title), USA (working title)
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Rated PG-13 for crude and sex-related humor, and for language
91 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The scene in which Joe, while working at the quarter toss booth at the carnival, sprays the plates down with PAM is a reference to his 1998 stand-up special Take The Hit in which he joked about trying to make a quarter land on a plate sprayed with PAM at a carnival.See more »
Continuity: In the beginning we see Joe Dirt pulling into the radio station in the car he picked up before taking Jill out on a date, but we later see that he abandoned that car on his way to Silvertown when Robbie reads him the note.See more »
Joe Dirt:Buffalo Bob's kind of a weird name, but people say Joe Dirt's a weird name and how cool am I?
Joe Dirt:[talking to Buffalo Bob] Hey to tell you the truth brother, between you and me, that thing with the dog is comin' off a little fruit-y. I mean that's just me talkin'. Hey, where's my supplies?
Buffalo Bob:[frustrated] Oh, for Christ's sake!
[Shoving down a basket]
Buffalo Bob:Here!
Joe Dirt:[squeal of delight] Wee, Auto Trader. Ooh August, I don't got this one.
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44 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
This movie is a garden...dig it!, 10 June 2003
Author: Andy (Incubus_Reborn) from Maine

Joe Dirt is simply one of those underappreciated comedies. Having reacquainted myself with it recently (and repeatedly) after having not seen it in almost two years, I myself am beginning to realize that. Not only is it thoroughly funny, it is entertaining and fast paced. David Spade plays Joe Dirt, a kind, well meaning radio-station janitor with an unusual hairdo (mullet!) and extremely bad-luck. He shares his life-story with the listeners of the radio station, which mainly focuses around his never-ending search for his parents (who ditched him on a family trip to the Grand Canyon) and his unrecognized love for hometown hottie Brandy. Joe meets many unusual people along the way, has many misadventures, and as if you couldn't guess, sets himself up for many disgusting and painful situations. The humor is pretty low-brow, but who cares? The movie is funny and that's the bottom line. What I like about this movie is that I can just turn it on and let go. The movie is so well-made for a simple comedy. Spade wrote the script himself, and you can tell he took his time. Every event in the movie happens for a reason and alludes to something that will occur later down the road. Also, Joe Dirt is Spade's first likeable character. You actually feel for this doofus. Even though he looks like white-trash, he is still a good person. Which of course, leads to this movie's moral: Good things come to good people. Or as Joe would say "Life's a garden, dig it!" or "You can't have 'no' in your heart!" Christopher Walken has a hilarious bit as Dirt's co-janitor at an elementary school that has been placed in the witness protection program and Kid Rock plays Joe's bully perfectly (I love the part where he reads the note just like those guys in high school who couldn't read past 2nd grade reading level). But Spade is the real star here. Too bad this character/movie never took off. I seriously love this movie. It is consistently hilarious, has dozens of quoteable lines (stuff that you say to people in your daily routine) and has an overall feel good vibe to it. I don't know how anyone can trash this movie. For one thing, it's an Adam Sandler production, you know what type of humor you're in for. And secondly: The movie is called 'Joe Dirt!' There are no pretensions here, folks. I wish there were more movies like this out there. And although not everyone appreciates it, I am glad that I at least have this movie and can watch it a million times if I want to. Joe Dirt, you're my hero.


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