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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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Details

Country:

UK | Germany | France | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Benim adim Joe See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£89,656 (United Kingdom), 13 November 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,017, 24 January 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$346,696, 25 April 1999
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lorraine McIntosh, who plays Maggie, is the former co-vocalist in defunct '80s Scottish pop band Deacon Blue. 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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Soundtracks

Violin Concerto in D major, op. 61
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven (as Beethoven)
Violin: Marcia Crayford
Conductor: George Fenton
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Gritty realism, powerfully performed, a must-see movie
9 November 2002 | by stevie jSee all my reviews

The awesome realism of "Once Were Warriors" (New Zealand, 1994), successfully transposed to Glasgow, Scotland.

Solid, decent human beings use alcohol and drugs to "cope" with life. But, life only gets worse, loyalties are brutally tested, and one poor unfortunate will not survive. But, don't think this to be another flaccid piece of cliched, anti-drug drivel. No, this film speaks powerfully to the perverse, and often vicious, arbitrariness of life. Darwinians, of course, will be unmoved. The rest of us, however, will be chilled by the scale of our impotence in making this world a better place. Prepare yourself to feel humbled.


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