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Joe the King (1999)

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A disadvantaged, abused, neglected, exploited but basically decent kid slips into criminality while trying to cope with his harsh, inescapable reality.

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Frank Whaley

Writer:

Frank Whaley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noah Fleiss ... Joe Henry
Karen Young ... Theresa Henry
Camryn Manheim ... Mrs. Basil
Austin Pendleton ... Winston
Val Kilmer ... Bob Henry
Max Ligosh Max Ligosh ... Mike Henry
James Costa James Costa ... Ray
Jenny Robertson ... Waitress
Amy Wright ... Mary
Richard Bright ... Roy
Raymond De Felitta ... Mr. Brazer
John Leguizamo ... Jorge
Robert Whaley Robert Whaley ... Jerry
Peter Anthony Tambakis ... Little Joe (as Peter Tambakis)
Harlee Ott Harlee Ott ... Dawn
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Storyline

A destitute 14-year-old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major takes until he steals a cash box from the diner where he works. Although Joe uses the money to pay off some of his father's debts and to replace his mother's records that his father smashed in a fit of temper, Joe gets no thanks. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and abusive situations concerning a child | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros. [Canada]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pleasant View Avenue See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,793, 17 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$60,279, 31 December 1999
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Noah Fleiss (April 16, 1984) is two months younger than Peter Tambakis (February 15, 1984) who plays Joe Henry five years younger See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of the movie when Joe's father is driving to pick him up, he passes a driveway with a Jeep Wrangler parked in it. If it were the 1970s, it would have been a Jeep CJ-5 or CJ-7. See more »

Quotes

Bob Henry: You listen to me.
[grabbing Joe's ear]
Bob Henry: When I ask you to do something, you do it, right?
Joe: Right.
Bob Henry: Make me chase you down the fucking street... If I ask you to march out on the street and jump up and down like G.I Joe, you do it, right?
Joe: Right!
Bob Henry: If I ask you to go up on the roof and bark like a chicken, you do it, right?
Joe: Right!
Bob Henry: I don't give a fuck whether it's your bosses, whatever it is, I'm your father and you do exactly what I say. Look at me! Right?
Joe: Right.
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Referenced in Return to Innocence (2001) See more »

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Just Walking in the Rain
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Touching
26 November 2002 | by darko2525See all my reviews

I've always been a huge fan of Frank Whaley, and I've always found him to be one of the most under-appreciated, really great actors to have emerged in the 1990s. Here in his directorial debut, Whaley paints a deeply moving portrait of a troubled family floundering at the poverty level. Young Noah Fleiss is absolutely heart-breaking as the morally corrupt child of an abusing father, played by Val Kilmer in his most earnest dramatic role. Whaley's movie, drawn from his own life, is a touching, moving indie that should have gotten better notice.


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