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  • Actors: Peter Boyle, Dennis Patrick, Susan Sarandon, Patrick McDermott, Tim Lewis
  • Directors: John G. Avildsen
  • Writers: Norman Wexler
  • Producers: Christopher C. Dewey, David Gil, Dennis Friedland, George Manasse
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V9HL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,589 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Hardhats and hippies clash in 1960s New York City in this gritty drama exploring the rocky edge of that era's generation gap. With Academy AwardÂ(r) winner* Susan Sarandon in her screen debutand starring Peter Boyle in a "stunningly effective" (Variety) performance, Joe is a "powerful" (The Wall Street Journal), "immensely sophisticated piece of film-making" (Los AngelesTimes) about an era in turmoil. Joe Curran (Boyle) is a loudmouthed factory worker with a bigot's mean streak. Bill Compton (Dennis Patrick) is a wealthy executive who, in an uncharacteristic fit of rage, has just murdered the drug-addicted boyfriend of his daughter (Sarandon). When the two men meet in a bar, an unholy alliance is formed. And after Bill's daughter runs away, they search for her in the psychedelic underworld they despise'setting in motion a shocking and humiliating string of events that leads to a brutal and chilling final scene. *1995: Actress, Dead Man Walking

Customer Reviews

I'm not sure conservatives envy young people and liberals as much as 1970, but they fear and hate them more.
As Joe blows off steam in his favorite neighbohood tavern, Bill Compton (Dennis Patrick), a man who is his opposite in every possible way, wanders in.
Annie Van Auken
In many ways it's quite an ugly film but is honorable in the fact that it makes no attempt to sugar-coat its subject matter.
M. B. DaVega

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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Linda Linguvic HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 30, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Starring Peter Boyle as Joe, an angry blue collar worker and Dennis Patrick as an upscale business executive whose daughter is recovering from a drug overdose, this 1970 movie captured the essence of the era.
The world was rapidly changing then and values that were formerly held dear were being questioned and attacked by the counter-culture movement. When Joe sits in a bar and vents his anger at this changing world, he presents a picture of a very real human being.
An act of violence brings the business executive into Joe's world, and the two men form an odd kind of bonding. They might be from different economic classes but they share a similar anger and confusion of a changing world that they are struggling to understand.
Susan Sarandon plays the hippie daughter. This was her first movie role and the part is small but significant. She's young and fresh and just at the beginning of her career.
The film has a rather unsettling effect and manages to capture all the complexities and contradictions of its time. I sat on the edge of my seat as the drama unfolded, glad for the comic relief of the satirical humor. I wonder why the sound track of the songs never became popular. The words were hard hitting and emotion stirring. Perhaps it was because it played to the festering unease that lay simmering below the surface, just waiting to erupt.
Every single scene was laced with irony and contrast. And every scene had its moments that made me squirm uncomfortably. There were no subtle nuances; everything was crisp and clear. And the script brought the voices of its time to the screen without any pretty packaging.
The screenplay was good, and so was most of the acting, although in retrospect it seems a little overdone.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Only-A-Child VINE VOICE on June 30, 2005
Format: DVD
Caution-possible spoilers ahead..... Just watched 'Joe' for the second time. The first time was 30+ years ago on an Air Force Base. I was reminded of that by the Air Force overcoat with Tech. Sgt. stripes wore by the boyfriend/dealer; we airmen had quite a laugh the first time that appeared on the screen because that is a 'lifer' rank. Over the years I have carried several other images from the film. Foremost was the absolutely beautiful and vulnerable daughter of the executive. As someone else commented, you could not take you eyes off her. I did not realize until now that this was a 20-year old Susan Sarandon in her first movie. What a loss that she did not do more movies when she looked like that. I also recall the irony of having a counterculture hero like Peter Boyle playing the title role of a right-wing gun nut. Not unlike George C. Scott playing generals in Dr. Strangelove and Patton. And of course the shocking ending made a lasting impression.

30+ years ago it was the most talked about movie that ever played on the base. We thought it was a great film then and I have been reluctant to see it again because I was afraid that it would be as disappointingly dated as Easy Rider. But watching it today I was amazed at how well the film has held up. It is a very strong script with few holes although you have to wonder about the boyfriend immediately getting out of the bathtub when Sarandon gets in with him.

Searching for an explanation of why this film is still so entertaining I have to think it has something to do with the perfect physical casting. Boyle was physically believable as Joe (as others have pointed out his portrayal would inspire the Archie Bunker character a few 'years later).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 2, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
"Joe" is a portrayal of an angry, seething hardhat who simply cannot come to grips with the idea that "'dose hippies" have seized the culture and are gleefully butchering everything America stands for in the process. The first scene which introduces us to Joe Curran features him in a downtown New York bar drunkedly screaming about "nigga'-luvin' hippies and social workers, "niggas screwin' and gettin' paid for makin' babies", and, finally crescendoing to reveal his raging desire to "kill one 'uv 'em...I would.I'd like to kill one 'uv 'em". He confesses this to someone who only minutes before did just that: William Compton, nicely played by Dennis Patrick, whose daughter Melissa (Susan Sarandon) was under the drug-induced spell of the late 'Frank' (Patrick McDermott). The two come to form an alliance that has an interesting duality. Joe embraces him out of enormous respect because it ia something that Joe can only hollar about doing. Compton yields to Joe's affection for him out of fear that he'll tell the police or possibly even try to blackmail him, as his "I just did" response to Joe's bar rant about killing "one 'uv him" leads Joe to discover that Compton is the killer. And it is how this unusual alliiance begins to grow into almost a true friendship between a suit and a blue-collar "joe" that truly intrigued me about the film. And much of what Joe says throughout the movie-while boorish and harsh in tone-do represent legitimate gripes of a contentious war veteran experiencing a type of change which he is simply not able to cope with.Read more ›
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