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Paul Vario ...
Mr. Russo
Matthew Pappadia ...
Paul
Anthony Trentacosta ...
Coach Bengotto
Clifford Lee ...
Frank
Jean Bonavita ...
Tony
Jessica Tsunis ...
Denise
Rishard Lampese ...
Mr. L. (as Richie Lamp)
Cate Magrane ...
Mrs. Russo
Timmy Dougherty ...
Principle Warner
Mark Boylan ...
Coach Perrino
Steven Jackman ...
Black Militant
Gay Lee ...
Frank's Mother
Joe Aglialoro ...
Doyle
Blake Ian ...
Larry
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"JUST LIKE JOE" is a poignant coming-of-age story that will touch your heart and bring you back to an era when Woodstock became legend and the Peace, Love and Rock 'N Roll generation was just starting out. Set in the tumultuous year of 1969 , the film follows the lives of three 17-year old, high school football players bonded by friendship and their compelling need to find their place in a rapidly changing world. Longing for a senior year filled with dating, the prom and football glory, their normal rites of passage run smack into the drama and uncertainty of the times - the military draft, evolving sexual mores, racial inequality and the possibly fighting in the Vietnam War. With the encouragement of his blind father, star quarterback Paul Russo believes that the only way he can escape the military draft is by winning an improbable football scholarship. Tony shares Paul's infectious enthusiasm for life, but has another obsession-his unrequited love. While Frank struggles to learn ... Written by Joanne Tamburro and Fred Carpenter

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Long Island High School football team The Bruins play in the shadow of the Vietnam War.

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12 September 2008 (USA)  »

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Just Like Joe Namath  »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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I liked "Just Like Joe"!
10 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just Like Joe has stayed with me since viewing it a few days ago. A child of the 60s, it was a visit back in time that helped me better understand my own evolution through that period of history.

This is an excellent family movie for baby boomer parents to see with their teenage and young adult children (as I did ). No reason to cringe in any part.

It was both entertaining and a review of our history as Americans during a turbulent time.

The movie facilitated wonderful dialog about the parallels and differences about war, race and stage of life issues.

The original music was excellent and more sophisticated than I would have expected for a low budget film. The period music had me rocking and was perfectly placed.

Seeing it in an old fashioned movie theater was the best.... no interruptions as with viewing at home!!


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