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Joe's Apartment (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical | 26 July 1996 (USA)
A nice guy has just moved to New York and discovers that he must share his run-down apartment with a couple thousand singing, dancing cockroaches.

Director:

John Payson

Writers:

John Payson (short film), John Payson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry O'Connell ... Joe
Megan Ward ... Lily Dougherty
Billy West ... Ralph Roach (voice)
Reginald Hudlin ... Rodney Roach (voice)
Jim Turner ... Walter Shit / Voice of Cockroach
Pepa ... Blank (as Sandra Denton)
Robert Vaughn ... Senator Dougherty
Don Ho ... Alberto Bianco
Jim Sterling ... Jesus Bianco / Voice of Cockroach
Shiek Mahmud-Bey ... Vladimir Bianco
David Huddleston ... P.I. Smith
Frank Bello ... Stick-Up Man #1
Lord Kayson ... Stick-Up Man #2
Alex Molina Alex Molina ... Stick-Up Man #3
Wayman Ezell Wayman Ezell ... Apartment Broker #1
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Storyline

Joe comes from Iowa to New York and, being short of money, wants to find an apartment with very low rent. His quest is successful, but he must share the residence with some 50,000 cockroaches. The insects turn out to be Joe's best friends. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude humor and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joe's Apartment See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,854,490, 28 July 1996

Gross USA:

$4,619,014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,619,014
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film is based on the 1994 short of the same name that aired on MTV during commercial breaks. See more »

Goofs

When Joe and Lily are sitting on his couch after their first date, the position of his arm changes from lowered to around her shoulder between shots. See more »

Quotes

[Walter Shit, performance artist, has been lying in a pool of blood]
Walter Shit: I wanted to express how cold, how pitiless this city really is.
Joe: Nobody touched you for two days?
Walter Shit: Spitting doesn't count.
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Crazy Credits

Filmed entirely in New York City except for one scene we had to go to Newark for. See more »

Alternate Versions

When Joe's Apartment was aired on network television, the name of the band that Joe became involved with was changed from "SHIT" to "POO" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Infected (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Sewer Surfin'
Written by Kevin Weist & John Payson
Performed by the Roach Chorus
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Roach memories
25 August 2000 | by Mike-DDSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie despite one thing - I had an irrational phobia of roaches since I was young, and only got over it a few years ago just before this movie came out. Just as well - I might never watched it otherwise. To see the roaches up close and performing song and dance made me a little nauseous at first as it brought back memories of those times when I got too close to a real roach, but after a while, you sort of forget that they are dirty and disgusting pests and actually start enjoying and anticipating their next comic routine. For me, the stars of the show are the roaches, in fact, I can't even remember who acted in it after a while.


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