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Joe (1970)

Two men, Bill, a wealthy conservative, and Joe, a far-right factory worker, form a dangerous bond after Bill confesses to murdering his daughter's drug dealer boyfriend to Joe.

Director:

John G. Avildsen

Writer:

Norman Wexler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Sarandon ... Melissa Compton
Patrick McDermott ... Frank Russo
Tim Lewis Tim Lewis ... Kid in Soda Shop
Estelle Omens Estelle Omens ... Woman in Bargain Store
Bob O'Connell ... Man in Bargain Store
Marlene Warfield ... Bellevue Nurse
Dennis Patrick ... Bill Compton
Audrey Caire Audrey Caire ... Joan Compton
Mary Case Mary Case ... Teeny Bopper
Jenny Paine Jenny Paine ... Teeny Bopper
Peter Boyle ... Joe Curran
Reid Cruickshanks Reid Cruickshanks ... American Bartender
Rudy Churney Rudy Churney ... Man in Bar
K Callan ... Mary Lou Curran (as K. Callan)
Robert Emerick Robert Emerick ... TV Newscaster
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Storyline

Bill, a wealthy businessman, confronts his junkie daughter's drug-dealing boyfriend; in the ensuing argument, Bill kills him. Panic-stricken, he wanders the streets and eventually stops at a bar. There he runs into a drunken factory worker named Joe, who hates hippies, blacks, and anyone who is "different", and would like to kill one himself. The two start talking, and Bill reveals his secret to Joe. Complications ensue. Written by Anonymous

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I'm the "Joe" everybody's talking about. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gap See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$106,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$19,319,254

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,319,254
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Marlene Warfield. See more »

Goofs

Microphone briefly visible over Joe's head in phone booth. See more »

Quotes

Melissa Compton: Are you gonna kill me too?
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to heavily edit the sequence where Frank prepares and injects heroin. The 1986 Stablecane video was 15 rated and featured an edited print which ran around 10 minutes shorter and missed the scene out completely. The 2008 Optimum DVD is 18 rated and features the full uncut version. See more »


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You Don't Know What's Going On
Written & Sung by Exuma
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Some people shouldn't try to cross paths; unfortunately, they do.
26 June 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

"Joe" is one of those movies where, although you think that it might go along smoothly, ends up hitting you like...I can't come up with an analogy. It showed not only that America's long-standing idea of unity was moot, but also the various aspects within our society. Melissa Compton (Susan Sarandon) is the ultimate flower child, while her father Bill (Dennis Patrick) is a clean-cut executive. One day, Bill accidentally kills Melissa's boyfriend. In the immediate aftermath, Bill gets acquainted with Joe Curran (Peter Boyle), an ultra-right-wing, rabidly racist working stiff. As a result, the two of them end up associating more and more with the hippies, whom Bill finds unpleasant and Joe outright hates. But in the end, everything has dead serious consequences.

True, some parts of the movie are a little bit dated, but it's a good juxtaposition of America's two sides during the Vietnam War. And rest assured, the residual effects of all that will probably never go away.


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