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Meet Joe Black (1998)

Death, who takes the form of a young man, asks a media mogul to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth, and in the process, he falls in love with his guide's daughter.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Black / Young Man in Coffee Shop
... William Parrish
... Susan Parrish
... Drew
... Allison
... Quince
David S. Howard ... Eddie Sloane
Lois Kelly-Miller ... Jamaican Woman
Jahnni St. John ... Jamaican Woman's Daughter
Richard Clarke ... Butler
... Lillian
Diane Kagan ... Jennifer
... Helen
... Construction Foreman
... Florist
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Storyline

Bill Parrish, media tycoon, loving father and still a human being, is about to celebrate his 65th birthday. One morning, he is contacted by the Inevitable - by hallucination, as he thinks. Later, Death itself enters his home and his life, personified in a man's body: Joe Black has arrived. His intention was to take Bill with him, but accidentally, Joe's former host and Bill's beautiful daughter Susan have already met. Joe begins to develop certain interest in life on earth as well as in Susan, who has no clue who she's flirting with. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Meet Joe Black: Sooner or Later Everyone Does See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for an accident scene, some sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

¿Conoces a Joe Black?  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,017,995, 15 November 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$44,619,100

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$142,940,100
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As Meet Joe Black (1998) was one of the few films showing the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), it was reported that droves of Star Wars fans bought tickets for the film, only to leave after the trailer showed. See more »

Goofs

During the first close up of Susan at the parts the straps of her dress are twisted at the back. They are straightened in the future scenes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Construction Foreman: Please. Please. Don't worry. Don't worry.
Allison: It's utter chaos around here. And I'm terrified we're running out of time. Am I trying to be too perfect?
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Soundtracks

You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
Written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin
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One of the best films of 1998, I can't praise this film enough!
9 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

I must admit to have been slightly hesistant when I first heard about Meet Joe Black because of the subject matter and its length, however I found this film to be superb.

The acting was believable, the cinematography of the film was well thought out and extremely picturesque. The soundtrack by Thomas Newman (the Shawshank Redemption) went from chilling to the most beautiful melodies that I have ever heard (giving, in my humble opinion, any classical composer a run for their money), adding an extra depth to this film.

There are no in-betweens in this film: you WILL either love or hate this film. However, I can say that this film is one of the most uplifting and life affirming movies that I have ever seen. It left me both moved and confident that the world was not such a bad place after all. Just like the Shawshank Redemption told us that hope is not a bad thing, so Meet Joe Black tells us that indeed love can conquer all better than Titanic ever could.


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