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Two men, Bill, a wealthy conservative, and Joe, a far-right bartender, 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 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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Keep America Beautiful 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
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lynn Lowry auditioned for the role of Melissa Compton. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Joe: [at the urinal] Hey, they got ice down there! I never pissed on ice before.
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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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Chillingly Realistic
17 January 2008 | by Linda_SSee all my reviews

New Yorkers contemporaneous with this film will recall how reflective of its time it is and how well cast and crew captured America, New York City of that era.

Norman Wexler's script delineates the different worlds the various sub groupings live in and Avildsen's direction brings out phenomenal performances all around. Peter Boyle's prodigious talent is on display as never before nor since. Clearly it is the best character portrayal the always likable Dennis Patrick ever accomplished.

What I will always remember about JOE is the feeling of having been in a virtual state of shock coming out of the theater. Knowing that what the screen portrayed was seething under the surface in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs of the City of New York.

This film needs to be remembered.


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