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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

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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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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

Gross USA:

$60,279

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,279
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Leguizamo was originally set to direct the film, but after being cast as Jorge as well, as serving as executive producer, Frank Whaley stepped in as director as well as staying on as a producer. 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

[spanking Joe violently, making it personal]
Mrs. Basil: You're just like your father.
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Referenced in Return to Innocence (2001) See more »

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Written and Performed by Doug Perkins & Steve Goomas
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Remember that kid at school that was dressed like a bum and was always in trouble?

I remember a kid at my elementary school named Anthony. He was a quiet kid, kind of dumb, or lazy. He wore thrift store clothes and reeked of cigarette smoke. One time this kid stole my jacket and was wearing it a few days later at school. He'd crossed my name and address out of the inside tag. I think he got suspended for it. After watching this movie and thinking back, I'd wished I'd let him keep it. This film is hauntingly realistic of those kids in school who weren't like the rest of us. What we didn't know at the time about these kids, were that they came from lousy homes; their parents weren't much of parents, and they really had no way of knowing right from wrong. The movie was quite thought provoking, bringing me back to my elementary and middle school days, and finally gave me empathy for Anthony. God only knows where he is now.


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