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My Name Is Joe (1998)

Two thirtysomethings, unemployed former alcoholic Joe and community health worker Sarah, start a romantic relationship in the one of the toughest Glasgow neighbourhoods.

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Paul Laverty (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Mullan ... Joe Kavanagh
Louise Goodall Louise Goodall ... Sarah Downie
Gary Lewis ... Shanks
Lorraine McIntosh Lorraine McIntosh ... Maggie
David McKay David McKay ... Liam
Anne-Marie Kennedy Anne-Marie Kennedy ... Sabine (as Annemarie Kennedy)
Scott Hannah Scott Hannah ... Scott
David Peacock David Peacock ... Hooligan
Gordon McMurray Gordon McMurray ... Scrag
James McHendry James McHendry ... Perfume
Paul Clark Paul Clark ... Zulu
Stephen McCole ... Mojo
Simon Macallum Simon Macallum ... Robbo
Paul Gillan Paul Gillan ... Davy
Stephen Docherty Stephen Docherty ... Doc
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Two thirtysomethings, unemployed former alcoholic Joe and community health worker Sarah, start a romantic relationship in the one of the toughest Glasgow neighbourhoods. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language and some violence, sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

With the exception of 'Peter Mullan' and Gary Lewis, all the people in the opening Alcoholics Anonymous meeting are actual members. See more »

Goofs

The reflection of the boom microphone is visible in the television set when Sarah is talking with Sabine at the school. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Downie: Get out of my way! Leave me!
Joe Kavanagh: No. No. No, calm down. Just calm down.
Sarah Downie: Are you gonna hit me too, Joe?
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Connections

References One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Stand by Your Man
Written by Billy Sherrill (as B Sherrill) / Tammy Wynette (as T Wynette)
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
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A Very Touching Movie
15 December 2003 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Glasgow, Joe Kavanagh (Peter Mullan, in a superb performance) is an ex-alcoholic and unemployed simple, but good man. He is the couch of a soccer team, formed by poor players. Joe meets Sarah Downie (Louise Goodall), a community health worker and they start a romance. Liam (David McKay) is a player in Joe's team and ex-addicted in drugs. He has a beautiful son, but his wife Sabine (Anne-Marie Kennedy) is still using drugs and raises a huge debt together with the local drug dealer McGowan (David Hayman). Joe becomes aware of the problem and McGowan offers four options: the debt of 2.000 pounds be paid, Sabine becomes a prostitute, Liam becomes a drug dealer or Joe makes two delivers of drugs for him. Joe accepts the last option, jeopardizing the love of Sarah for him. This very touching low budget movie is an authentic lesson to Hollywood personnel of `How to make an excellent movie having an outstanding director, a wonderful screenplay and marvelous cast'. The story is simple, very credible and with no concessions. The focus is part of the Scottish population that lives in poverty conditions and without many options in life, and it is painful. The end of the story will break the heart of the viewer: it is impossible not to be with wet eyes. The soundtrack suits perfectly to this film. My vote is nine.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi nombre es todo lo que tengo See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,017, 24 January 1999

Gross USA:

$354,952

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$354,952
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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