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Joe (1970)

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 ... See full summary »

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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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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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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
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Boyle wrote a screenplay for a proposed sequel where Joe gets released from jail and has to deal with his hippie-like son. In the '80s, Cannon Pictures kept announcing each year for several years that the project was in "pre-production", though the project was ultimately scrapped. See more »

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

Quotes

Joe: It's colder than a witch's tit.
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You Can Fly
Written by Bobby Scott & Danny Meehan
Sung by Jerry Butler
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That's the way it was
8 September 2012 | by Michael BerrySee all my reviews

This was the first movie I viewed, just by chance, after my discharge from active duty in the Army in 1970. Forty-two years later, remembering nothing of the plot, only that I left the theater very emotional (rare for me), I found a DVD copy at a local library.

I now realize why I have since not been able to regard Peter Boyle as anything but a frightening character, even in his comic role on the TV series "Everybody Loves Raymond." To be fair, his 1976 role in "Taxi Driver" didn't help, but his face, as seen in "Joe", is still the stuff of nightmares for me.

That said, I learned that it was the now long-forgotten hostility between sectors of our society, so brutally represented in the film, created by the debacle in Vietnam that affected me so deeply in 1970. Today, even to one who was there, the experience of living in an America so torn, so close to open rebellion, is hard to conceive - even harder to explain. But fresh off the plane, still somewhat glum from the cold stares at the airport caused by my uniform, this film hit me like a hammer. And guessing from the huge profit it made, it did the same to many.

It shocked me that I hadn't remembered Susan Sarandon was in this film - she has been one of my favorites - and, as a bonus, the then 24 year-old Ms. Sarandon appears nude. How could I have possibly forgotten that?


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