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Angel and Big Joe (1976)

Big Joe is a lineman for the telephone company. Angel is a teenage migrant worker. They form an unlikely alliance and start a rose-growing business. At first wary of each other, they grow ... See full summary »

Director:

Bert Salzman

Writer:

Bert Salzman
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Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Sorvino ... Big Joe
Dadi Pinero Dadi Pinero ... Angel
Gloria Irizarry ... Mother
Nicky Irizarry Nicky Irizarry ... Nicky
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Storyline

Big Joe is a lineman for the telephone company. Angel is a teenage migrant worker. They form an unlikely alliance and start a rose-growing business. At first wary of each other, they grow to trust and like one another. Eventually, Angel must leave the area when his father relocates the family in search of migrant work. This touching little film won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short.

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1976 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color
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Edited into CBS Children's Film Festival: Angel and Big Joe (1977) See more »

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friendship on the fringes makes for a good short
16 November 2017 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Bert Salzman's Academy Award-winning "Angel and Big Joe" tells the story of a friendship between a migrant boy and an electrician who has greater ambitions. It's a look at those on the fringes of society and how they try to relate to each other. Both of them have stories: Angel about how his family has to move around, and Joe about how he dropped out of school to work in the mines because he assumed that it was best for his family.

Paul Sorvino plays Joe. I don't know how famous he was when this got released, but he does a fine job, as he has in every role (he later starred in "Nixon" and "Romeo + Juliet"). This short isn't a masterpiece, but I recommend it.

As for Salzman, I don't know whether or not he directed any other movies. He died last year at the age of 85.


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