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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 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 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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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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Budget:

$106,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$19,319,254
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Marlene Warfield. See more »

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

Quotes

Bill Compton: [asked if he has any spare change] No, but I've got a spare job.
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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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Where Are You Going
Written by Bobby Scott & Danny Meehan
Sung by Jerry Butler
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Perhaps the ultimate 60's generation gap exploitation film ...
27 April 2004 | by peter-m-kochSee all my reviews

... "Joe" captures the spirit, fears, angers, and prejudices of the time as perhaps no other film does. Joe Curran, as played by Peter Boyle, is a super-malevolent Archie Bunker to the n-th degree. He makes the Carroll O'Connor - Norman Lear TV character seem as lovable and cuddly as Tickle Me Elmo by comparison. In contrast to Bunker, Joe Curran most definitely would burn a cross on your front lawn, instead of just toasting a marshmallow on one he found already burning there, to borrow the words of young Lionel Jefferson, spoken to Sammy Davis Jr. about Archie Bunker. Released hard on the heels of the Kent State University "massacre", and the CSNY track "Ohio", and the Isley Bros. medley of "Ohio" and Jimi Hendrix's "Machine Gun", it's as hard-hitting as the probably by now mostly forgotten fall 1968 CBS TV play, "The People Next Door". Bill Compton's ironic comment about the vacuity of much upper-echelon white-collar work, "All we do is sit around all day making little paper airplanes and sail them up people's asses !" is as relevant today as it was then. Equally memorable is the retort of the hippie girl Joe has just had sex with, "How could I lie to you ? You just balled me !" Free love as a hippie litmus of truth ? The film is as much a part, and sign of, its times, as Altamont, "Gimme Shelter", "Putney Swope", and "M.A.S.H." and "Patton" playing on the same bill in many theaters in 1971. Joe Curran's "42 % of all liberals are queer !" is a worthy companion prejudice to Archie Bunker's "England is a fag country !"


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