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Joe's Apartment (1996)

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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Sex Bugs Rock 'n Roll. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joes lya 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:

$1,854,000, 28 July 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,611,624, 8 September 1996
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When the Bianco boys break into the apartment and approach Joe, one is talking, but no words are heard. See more »

Quotes

Rodney Roach: Ralphie! I'm surprised at you! Does this mean you're giving up?
Ralph Roach: Give up? Give up? What are you saying to me? How come us roaches have been able to outlast the dinosaurs? How do we survive poison and persecution? How do we keep on crawling, in the face of overwhelming odds? I'll tell you how: because WE NEVER GIVE UP! A true cockroach never gives up. They can stomp us, they can pop us, but they'll never ever stop us. Someday the great H-bomb is gonna drop, and we'll have the whole planet to ...
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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 »

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Referenced in House M.D.: Euphoria: Part 1 (2006) See more »

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On the Sand
Written by Bill Ware & Jay Rodriguez
Performed by Groove Thing
Courtesy of Eightball Records
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Singing and dancing cockroaches. Is that ingenuity or what? Ha, ha!
5 September 2001 | by squir1ySee all my reviews

This movie is pretty funny. What it lacks in intelligence, it makes up for in fun.

Joe(O'Connell)has just to New York City and into his first apartment. The only problem: it's infested with thousands of talking cockroaches. They all seem to be a pain in Joe's butt, but the roaches come in more useful for him than he thought.

This movie is no classic, of course I don't think any of MTV's movies will be considered classics. But they are really funny(also see Beavis and Butt-Head Do America and Dead Man On Campus).

It's a hilarious and fun little flick, even for people who don't like bugs. 8/10


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