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Directed by: John G. Avildsen
Starring: Peter Boyle (Joe), Dennis Patrick (Bill), Susan Sarandon (Melissa), Patrick McDermott (Frank), Audrey Caire (Bill’s wife), K Callan (Joe’s wife)
Country: USA; Effed Up American Cinema
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Genres: Mass Killings-Rage Against, Drugs, Family
As much as this is an average-joe depiction of the resentment the old invariably feel towards the young, this is also an anti-counterculture movie with everything about their ideas often presented as being stupid and half-baked.
Is it the Joe everybody is talking about!?
I recall so many things about seeing this movie back during it’s original theatrical release – the post Woodstock afterglow of peace and love, along with the pre-Watergate tension of fear and paranoia. It’s hard to believe that it’s thirty seven years later, and I can still remember the thoughts going through my head while watching the film with my best friend. Like marveling at Peter Boyle’s characterization of the ultimate redneck, sure to typecast him the rest of his career (Oh, how wrong!), and how the counter culture jarred the sensibilities of most of the country. To this day, my buddy and I still use Joe Curran’s line from my summary above when faced with a dilemma; curious how a simple line like that can stay with you for decades. It’s curious to read comments about the film from others on this board, particularly the ones stating that the film has a dated quality and how over the top the characters were. Still, if you were around during that time, the picture gives a pretty accurate portrayal of the polar opposites that existed back then, pretty much side by side as the events in the story reveal. If you really want dated, when was the last time you heard the words Macy’s and Gimbel’s in the same sentence, or a line like Joe’s – “Come on, get with the Pepsi generation”. For historical perspective, you have that great Nixon poster lingering in one of the background scenes – “Would… Read more »
A dreary half hour with a splash of colour is followed by a dreary hour and another short outburst before an easily predictable ending. Such is life. Plays like an episode of quincy.
It made me think of Cisco Pike, 1971 which is a much better film. Easy Rider, 1969 had better drugs, sex and violence.
Admin, I’ve discovered a lot of gems here – some that I didn’t know about and some others I thought I could never see. So thanks you very much for all your work, and for still adding on new films !
An antidisestablishmentarian classic.
Peter Boyle was great as “The Wizard” in “Taxi Driver” (1976) and as private detective Andy Mast in “Hardcore” (1979). Dennis Patrick was on TV every night in tons of crime drama type shows. Susan Sarandon (this was her first film) had those great big eyes and was really pretty when she was young. Then she turned into a woke, Bernie Sanders loving liberal communist who is pro trans operations for 5 year olds and anti police. She never goes anywhere without armed security, the hypocrite.
This movie is OK. 2 and a half stars.
its nice to watch this movie with your average joe
Admins, thanks for another classic I hadn’t seen in forever and for all the other films I wouldn’t have seen without your efforts.
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Certainly, I’d be happy to provide a review of the 1970 film “Joe.”
“Joe” is a gritty drama directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Peter Boyle and Susan Sarandon. The film tells the story of Joe Curran (Boyle), a working-class New Yorker who becomes increasingly disillusioned with society and begins to espouse racist and xenophobic views.
The film is a powerful and thought-provoking exploration of the darker aspects of American society during the Vietnam War era. Boyle delivers a standout performance as the titular character, portraying Joe as a complex and deeply flawed individual with a seething rage that he directs at those he perceives as outsiders or threats to his way of life.
Sarandon, in one of her earliest film roles, also delivers a strong performance as Melissa, a wealthy young woman who becomes entangled in Joe’s world after meeting him in a bar. Their interactions highlight the stark class divide between them and provide some of the film’s most compelling moments.
One of the film’s strengths is its willingness to confront difficult topics head-on, including racism, poverty, and political apathy. The film’s unflinching portrayal of these issues may be uncomfortable for some viewers, but it serves to underline the urgency of addressing them.
Overall, “Joe” is a powerful and timely film that remains relevant today. Its examination of the dark side of American society and its complex characters make it a must-see for fans of gritty, thought-provoking cinema.
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You watch this film and see a bloke doing the right thing and killing a few wastrels and then you hear that Buds Light people are being given free beer and the reaction is a few broken cans on a shop floor. FFS if you don`t like trans-people drinking piss go buy a fucking gun.
Todays reactionaries are piff-puff nancies.
America is doooomed.
It’s true it’s a bit slow and sometimes lacks intensity, but the final image really worths the watch. It’s more the portrait of a man (the father) who discovered an average evil side of his country, feels comforted by it, for its own loss.
I’ve been waiting for some new movies to come on here. I’ve seen most of them on here already (except for something like “Wrong Turn 4” – I’ll wait for the book on that one). I decided to watch “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster” (2004) again. You may already know that I am not a big Metallica fan but I had an interesting reaction to viewing this film again. Drummer Lars Ulrich I find to be extremely annoying but I took his side most of the way through the film. Guitarist Kirk Hammett is the peace keeper and tries to avoid drama. Producer Bob Rock let’s them go on tangents to a certain extent and then reigns them in when they go too far. Ex-Bassist Jason Newsted said that bringing in a therapist is “really fucking lame and weak” and I totally agree. The therapist was just a bullshit artist ripping off some pompous ass rock stars. When they let him know his services were no longer required it seemed like HE was the one that needed the therapist. Bassist Robert Trujillo was definitely the right choice – he kicks ass – no doubt. Now we come to Guitarist/Vocalist James Hetfield. What an asshole! He decides that because of his drinking problem he is going to shit can the band for an indefinite amount of time. It turned out to be a year. Lars and Kirk should have beat the fuck out of him when he came back. There is… Read more »
I took a break from my NO R-D-Niro films to re-watch Casino, 1995. I remember really enjoying watching the premier. However its actually a piece of shit movie, overlong with a tiny tiny story line. I should note that Pesci beats a man with a pen rather than a pencil (related to an old conversation elsewhere).
That aside one of the lasts scenes where Pesci and his brother are taken out into a field and given a good beating reminded me of the real-world scalping and beheading with musical background. I wonder if the gangsters watched Casino and re-enacted it in their own style.
Thanks again admin for adding another classic movie that I had never seen before.
I think there was a big gap between the baby boomers 1960s counter culture generation and their parents.
I think that this is starting to happen again between different generations like the baby boomers and generation z and Y.
I had boomer parents so I understand some of the things that they are things these generations are saying
The division between people who think differently politicly are becoming very troublesome now since 2016
I that maybe the idea that this film in trying to portray is that,
If you want to kill people who are on the other side of you politically or who do not think the same things as you politically that you could end up killing someone who is your family or a childhood
friend or someone you know and care about.
Especially if it happens quickly or they are disguised.
hey joe where you going with that gun in your hand?
Half a billion people to choose from and a bloke who shits his pants when visiting the pope is still a contender for the big job. Joe would be apoplectic.
the movie has not much to watch for. i don’t get why the above 4 review. 2.8 out of 5 at best.
I love this movie! Some punk/doom band sampled the bar scene quotes. Perhaps it was Dystopia?
Regardless good stuff EUM.