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Joe Versus the Volcano ()


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When a hypochondriac learns that he is dying, he accepts an offer to throw himself in a volcano at a tropical island, and along the way there, learns to truly live.

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Joe
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DeDe / Angelica / Patricia
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Graynamore
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Dr. Ellison
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Chief of the Waponis
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Mr. Waturi
Barry McGovern ...
Luggage Salesman
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Dagmar
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Marshall
Jayne Haynes ...
Nurse
David Burton ...
Mike
Jon Conrad Pochron ...
Tony (as Jon Pochran)
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Fred - Guard
Antoni Gatti ...
Italian Tailor
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Underwear Salesman
Jim Ryan ...
Bellman
Karl Rumburg ...
Ralph
Brian Esteban ...
Emo - Waponi Lookout
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Baw - The Waponi Advance Man
Wally Ruiz ...
Spanish Singer
Guillermo Guzman ...
Spanish Singer
Tommy Franco ...
Spanish Singer
Tony Salome ...
Clerk
Courtney Gibbs ...
Saleswoman
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Waitress (as Lala)
Jennifer Stewart ...
Statue of Liberty
William Ward ...
Salesman - Hammacher Schlemmer
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Hairdresser (as Lisa LeBlanc)
Paul Michael Thorpe ...
God Woo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Native (uncredited)
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Pierre bell hop (uncredited)
Scott Ditty ...
Waponi Warrior (uncredited)
Michael George ...
Musician (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman ...
Waponi Warrior (uncredited)
Sidney S. Liufau ...
Waponi (uncredited)
Beverly Overstreet ...
Female Waponi at Feast (uncredited)
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Waponi (uncredited)
Craig Wichman ...
Bellhop (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Patrick Shanley

Written by

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John Patrick Shanley ... (written by)

Produced by

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Kathleen Kennedy ... executive producer
Frank Marshall ... executive producer
Roxanne Rogers ... associate producer
Teri Schwartz ... producer
Steven Spielberg ... executive producer

Music by

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Georges Delerue
Peter Gordon

Cinematography by

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Stephen Goldblatt ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Richard Halsey
Kenneth Wannberg

Editorial Department

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Catherine Best ... second assistant editor
Ron Fode ... negative cutter
Colleen Halsey ... first assistant editor
Ron Lambert ... color timer

Casting By

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Marion Dougherty

Production Design by

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Bo Welch

Art Direction by

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Tom Duffield

Set Decoration by

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Cheryl Carasik

Costume Design by

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Colleen Atwood
Robert Chase
Sue Moore

Makeup Department

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Lon Bentley ... makeup artist: Hawaii
Lyle Carter ... hair stylist: Hawaii
Paulette Crammond ... makeup artist: Hawaii
Leonard Engelman ... makeup artist
Susan Germaine ... hair stylist
Albert Jeyte ... makeup artist: Hawaii
Sheri Lee ... makeup artist: Hawaii
Ellis Lierow ... hair stylist: Hawaii
Barbara Lorenz ... hair stylist
Maya Pruett ... makeup artist: Hawaii
Daniel C. Striepeke ... makeup artist: Tom Hanks
Nancy Wilder ... makeup artist: Hawaii
David Yerks ... hair stylist: Hawaii
Allegra Curtis ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Ian Bryce ... unit production manager
Edward K. Dodds ... unit production manager: Hawaii
Lee Haas ... unit production manager: New York

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Yvonne Davis ... second assistant director: Hawaii
Ed Dessisso ... second assistant director: New York
Alan Edmisten ... second assistant director
William M. Elvin ... first assistant director
Jerry Leeds ... first assistant director: New York
Lucille OuYang ... second second assistant director
Frank Davis ... additional second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Carl Aldana ... production illustrator
Paul J. Campanella ... stand-by painter
William D. Derham ... assistant property master (as Bill Derham)
R. Scott Doran ... swing gang
Richard Drake ... set dresser: Hawaii
Ann Harmon ... art department researcher
Rick Heinrichs ... set designer
Jack Johnson ... production illustrator (as John 'Jack' Johnson)
Fred Lucky ... production illustrator
David Manhan ... swing gang
Richard F. Mays ... set designer
Frank McEldowney ... greensman
Chuck McSorley ... lead man
David Moon ... scenic artist: New York (as Dave Moon)
Nick Navarro ... set designer
Mike Sasgen ... carpenter
Tom Shaw Jr. ... property master
Stosh Stern ... set dresser: New York
John Villarino ... construction coordinator
Wallace Wong ... greensman
John Alvin ... poster artist (uncredited)
Irwin 'Eppy' Epstein ... greens (uncredited)
Craig K. Lewis ... set dresser (uncredited)
Valerie Sofranko ... scenic painter (uncredited)
Mike Villarino ... construction foreman (uncredited)
Clyde Zimmerman ... paint supervisor (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gordon Davidson ... dialogue editor
Greg Dillon ... dialogue editor
Joaquin Elizalde ... assistant sound editor
John Elizalde ... sound effects editor (as Jon Elizalde)
Mark C. Grech ... cable person
Jeff Haas ... boom operator: New York
Carl Mahakian ... foley editor
Dennis Maitland ... production sound mixer: New York
Donald O. Mitchell ... re-recording mixer
Dan O'Connell ... foley artist
Lauren Palmer ... adr editor
Gary Parker ... sound recordist: New York
Tally Paulos ... adr editor
Jerry Pirozzi ... assistant sound editor
Troy Porter ... adr mixer
Greg P. Russell ... re-recording mixer
Timothy P. Salmon ... boom operator
Kirk Schuler ... sound effects editor
Gary Shepherd ... sound effects editor
Alicia Stevenson ... foley artist
William L. Stevenson ... supervising sound editor
Elliot Tyson ... re-recording mixer
Keith A. Wester ... production sound mixer
Jack Keller ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Douglas Vaughan ... boom operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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David Amborn ... special effects
Stanley Amborn ... special effects foreman (as Stan Amborn)
James Fredburg ... special effects (as Jim Fredburg)
Greg C. Jensen ... special effects
David Kirk ... special effects
Richard Lopez ... special effects
Jeffrey Machit ... special effects (as Jeffrey C. Machit)
Richard Ratliff ... special effects
Paul Tremaine ... special effects: Hawaii
Joseph A. Unsinn ... special effects supervisor
Roland Blancaflor ... special effects technician: Robert Short Productions (uncredited)
Michael Meier ... pyrotechnician (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Carl Assmus ... stage crew
Tom Bertino ... animation supervisor
Anne Calanchini ... visual effects coordinator
Dave Carson ... visual effects supervisor (as David I. Carson)
Jo Carson ... matte photography
Lanny Cermak ... camera engineer
Terry Chostner ... visual effects cameraman
Charlie Clavadetscher ... special effects camera operator
Elyse Couvillion ... visual effects camera assistant (as Elise Couvillion)
Bernie Demolski ... stage crew
Dick Dova ... visual effects key grip
Bob Finley III ... visual effects gaffer
Rolf Fleischmann ... optical effects assistant
Bill George ... model shop supervisor
Brian Gernand ... model maker
Ray Gilberti ... visual effects cameraman
John Goodson ... model maker
Ned Gorman ... visual effects coordinator
Joanne Hafner ... rotoscope artist
Janet Healy ... visual effects producer
David Heron ... visual effects rigger
Philip Heron ... stage crew (as Phil Heron)
Edward Hirsh ... project manager
Tony Hudson ... chief model maker / project supervisor: ILM
Peg Hunter ... optical line-up
Rod M. Janusch ... stage crew
Harley Jessup ... visual effects art director (as Harly Jessup)
Brad Kuehn ... optical photography supervisor
James Lim ... optical camera operator
Keith London ... model maker
Kim Marks ... visual effects cameraman
Patrick McArdle ... visual effects camera assistant
Patrick T. Myers ... special effects camera operator
Lori J. Nelson ... optical line-up
Buck O'Hare ... stage crew
Michael Ohta ... stage crew (as Mike Ohta)
Michael Olague ... stage crew (as Mike Olague)
Alan Peterson ... model maker
Thomas Rosseter ... optical line-up
Mark Siegel ... chief model maker
Thomas J. Smith ... optical camera operator (as Tom Smith)
Mitch Suskin ... optical effects supervisor
Kathleen Swain ... concept illustrator
Tom Sylla ... assistant visual effects editor
Larry Tan ... chief model maker
Yusei Uesugi ... matte artist
Bruce Walters ... special effects camera supervisor
Judith Weaver ... animation coordinator
Debra Wolff ... visual effects editor (as Debra Wolfe)
Susan Adele Colletta ... visual effects post production coordinator (uncredited)
Greg Maloney ... optical lineup: ILM (uncredited)

Stunts

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John Ashby ... stunts
Ted Barba ... stunts
Jeff Bornstein ... stunts
John Cade ... stunts
Ralph D. Carpenter ... stunts (as Ralph Carpenter)
Eric Chambers ... stunts
Phil Chong ... stunts
Clarke Coleman ... stunts
Tom Davidson ... stunts
Brian Davis ... stunts
Christopher Doyle ... stunts
Bill Erickson ... stunt coordinator (as William Erickson)
Sandra Lee Gimpel ... stunts (as Sandy Gimpel)
Mark Ginther ... stunts
Jeff Jensen ... stunts
Brett A. Jones ... stunts
Gary Littlejohn ... stunts
Solly Marx ... stunts
Jim Morange ... stunts (as James C. Morance)
J. Suzanne Rampe ... stunts
Lynn Salvatori ... stunts
Paul E. Short ... stunts (as Paul Short)
Gunter Simon ... stunts
James Rod Stone ... stunts
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... stunts (as Bob Zajonc)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jamie Anderson ... additional camera operator
Red Burke ... chief lighting technician: New York
Andrew Casey ... second assistant camera: New York
Ray De La Motte ... camera operator
Angelo Di Giacomo ... first assistant camera: New York
Danny Falkengren ... dolly grip (as Dan Axel Falkengren)
Tim Griffith ... chief lighting technician (as Timothy J. Griffith)
Emil Hampton ... second assistant camera
Robert Ikeda ... electrician
Michael Kelem ... aerial camera operator
Patrick Marshall ... rigging gaffer
Geary McLeod ... first assistant camera
Hal Nelson ... best boy grip
Walter Nichols ... assistant chief lighting technician
Jane O'Neal ... still photographer
Richard Rose ... key grip: New York
Charles Saldana ... key grip
Chris Silano ... second assistant camera: New York (as Chris Salano)
Steven H. Smith ... additional camera operator (as Steve Smith)
Robert L. Blatman ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Vincent Contarino ... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
James M. Cox ... electrician (uncredited)
Gordon Hayes ... electrician (uncredited)
Leonard Romie ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Robert Zullo ... rigging grip (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Sean Turner ... animator

Casting Department

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Owens Hill ... casting assistant
Franklyn Warren ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Win Anderson ... costumer: Hawaii
Robert Chase ... costume supervisor: men
Allegra Curtis ... costumer: Hawaii
Patricia Eiben ... costumer: New York (as Patty Eiben)
Sue Moore ... costume supervisor: women
Hartsell Taylor ... costumer: New York (as Hartzell Taylor)
Melissa Antablin ... costumer (uncredited)
Kelly Porter ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Lynn Kuwahara ... location manager
George McDowell Agnew ... location manager
Mike Sampson ... location manager: New York
Tom Summers ... location supervisor: Hawaii

Music Department

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Kenneth Wannberg ... music editor
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Robert Fernandez ... scoring mixer (uncredited)
David Van Tieghem ... musician (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Stan Burden ... transportation supervisor: Hawaii
Steve Collins ... transportation coordinator
Daniel Quick ... transportation captain (as Daniel C. Quick)
Charles Renfroe ... transportation co-captain
John Rodrigues ... transportation captain: Hawaii
Ben Salomone ... transportation captain: New York
Bobby Marsh ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Donovan Ahuna ... craft service: Hawaii
Summer Banner ... script supervisor: Hawaii
Stanley Bogest ... production accountant: New York
Stanley Brossette ... unit publicist
Catherine Cederquist ... assistant production secretary
Bob Dunn ... animal handler (as Robert Dunn)
Chris Silver Finigan ... production accountant
Jack Gallagher ... production aide
Roberto Gonzales-Rubio ... production aide
Andreas Habermeyer ... post production trainee
Angela Heald ... production secretary
Kurt Hessler ... production aide
Nancy Hopton ... script supervisor
David P.I. James ... production assistant (as David James)
Sarah James ... assistant production secretary
Jamie Kehoe ... craft service
Grace Kerr ... production secretary: Hawaii
Oliver Konia ... first aid: Hawaii
Adeline Leonard Seakwood ... production secretary: New York
Molly M. Mayeux ... production aide
Isamu Oshiro ... first aid: Hawaii
Ellen Pasternack ... unit publicist
Jason Roberts ... production aide
Richard W. Scarpone ... craft service
Robert Short ... mechanical hammerhead shark designer
Michelle Skoby ... assistant: Ms. Schwartz
Laurie Arnow-Epstein ... construction accountant (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman ... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
Shauna L. Kroen ... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Terry Odem ... assistant: Tom Hanks (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... aerial coordinator (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Joe versus the Volcano is a fable which opens with somewhat surrealistic scenes of the dehumanization of Joe Bank's job and work environment (at a company whose product rather literally screws people) with imagery that seems to have been inspired by the classic film Metropolis. Joe is diagnosed with an incurable disease, quits his dehumanizing job, and accepts an offer to briefly "live like a king, die like a man" - but to fulfill his agreement he must willingly jump into a live volcano on the island of Waponi Woo in order to appease the volcano god. En route to the island, Joe meets a series of interesting characters in NYC and LA, then boards a yacht, captained by Patricia Graynamore. During the voyage Joe and Patricia survive disaster, fall in love, and finally arrive at the island where they face their destiny. Written by

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Taglines An Average Joe. An Adventurous Comedy. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Joe contre le volcan (France)
  • Joe gegen den Vulkan (Germany)
  • Joe contra el volcán (Spain)
  • Джо против вулкана (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Joe ja tulivuori (Finland)
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Runtime
  • 102 min
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Box Office

Budget $25,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $9,252,232, 11 Mar 1990

Did You Know?

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Trivia Not only did Meg Ryan play all three female leads, but also did the voice of the flight attendant welcoming the flight to Los Angeles. See more »
Goofs When DeDe walks into Joe's apartment at the end of their date, she places her handbag on the floor a few steps across from the door. When she comes back in to get the bag because she forgot it after she leaves, she reaches for the bag just inside the door. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Hunt for Red October/House Party/Courage Mountain/Rosalie Goes Shopping/Too Beautiful for You (1990). See more »
Soundtracks The Cowboy Song See more »
Quotes Patricia: My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement.
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