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Joe (2013)

R | | Crime, Drama | 11 April 2014 (USA)
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An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.

Director:

David Gordon Green

Writers:

Gary Hawkins, Larry Brown (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Joe
Tye Sheridan ... Gary
Gary Poulter ... Wade a.k.a. G-Daawg
Ronnie Gene Blevins ... Willie-Russell
Adriene Mishler ... Connie
Brian Mays Brian Mays ... Junior (as Brian D. Mays)
Aj Wilson McPhaul ... Earl (as A.J. Wilson McPhaul)
Sue Rock ... Merle
Heather Kafka ... Lacy
Brenda Isaacs Booth ... Mother (as Brenda Isaacs-Booth)
Anna Niemtschk ... Dorothy
Elbert Hill III Elbert Hill III ... Shorty (as Elbert Evan Hill III)
Milton Fountain Milton Fountain ... Milton
Roderick L. Polk Roderick L. Polk ... Roscoe
Aaron Spivey-Sorrells ... Sammy
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Storyline

In order to provide for his destitute family of drifters, a likable, sincere, able-bodied 15-year-old boy comes to hire on among a burned-out ex-con's group of aging forest laborers. As the man becomes more and more aware of the boy's abusive home life, his deeply buried humanity is roused. Drinking and smoking incessantly to remain detached from his volatile temper, he finally takes the matter into his own hands - come what may - when the boy's alcoholic father finally goes too far. Written by statmanjeff

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing material, language and some strong sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Джо See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$105,881, 13 April 2014

Gross USA:

$373,375

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,431,443
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Both actors Nicolas Cage & Tye Sheridan have starred in Marvel Comics films. Cage starred as Johnny Blaze / Ghost Rider in Ghost Rider (2007) and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011). Sheridan starred as Scott Summers / Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and Dark Phoenix (2019). See more »

Goofs

When Joe and Gary are looking for the dog, Gary climbs into the driver's seat of the truck. When they arrive, Joe is driving. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gary: Hey, you old man, you look at me. I got som'in' to say to you. Every time we land someplace new, you say it's gonna be different, but it ain't. You mess up... a lot... then you leave a mess for me and Momma and Dorothy to clean up, and that ain't right. That's all I'm sayin'. Hell, I do what I gotta do. You do whatever the hell you want - whatever you can get away with. You're just a... selfish old drunk. Yeah, that's what you is. Yeah, this place is gonna be after us. Hell, ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Long Gravel Drive: The Origins of 'Joe' (2014) See more »

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Keeping Man
Performed by Lance LeGault
Courtesy of Polydor Records Ltd.
Under License From Universal Music Enterprises
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Credit to Larry Brown
11 February 2015 | by richardwallace75See all my reviews

Great movie, true to the novel in spirit. My complaint is that the novelist, Larry Brown, who wrote then story is not given adequate mention in the movie credits. His name should be first and in large letters because without his story there would be no film. Time will tell whether the film gets the recognition it deserves and Cage deserves credit for his fine, understated performance. I was surprised that the film was made in Texas when Mississippi was the location of the novel and would have had as good as or better locations than Texas. I hope someone is looking to make a film of Larry Brown's novel, Fay, another compelling story, but probably not to Hollywood's taste.


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