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15 July 1970 (USA) See more »
I'm the "Joe" everybody's talking about. See more »
Bill, a wealthy businessman, confronts his junkie daughter's drug-dealing boyfriend; in the ensuing argument... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Actor Peter Boyle Dies at 71
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Actor Peter Boyle dies, 71
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Susan Sarandon ... Melissa Compton

Patrick McDermott ... Frank Russo
Tim Lewis ... Kid in Soda Shop
Estelle Omens ... Woman in Bargain Store

Bob O'Connell ... Man in Bargain Store
Marlene Warfield ... Bellevue Nurse

Dennis Patrick ... Bill Compton
Audrey Caire ... Joan Compton
Mary Case ... Teeny Bopper
Jenny Paine ... Teeny Bopper

Peter Boyle ... Joe Curran
Reid Cruickshanks ... American Bartender
Rudy Churney ... Man in Bar

K Callan ... Mary Lou Curran (as K. Callan)
Robert Emerick ... TV Newscaster
Gloria Hoye ... Janine
Bo Enivel ... Sam in Bowling Alley
Michael O'Neal ... Bartender at Ginger Man
Frank Moon ... Gil Richards
Jeanne Lange ... Phyllis (as Jeanne M. Lange)
Perry Gewirtz ... Hippie on Street (as Perry Gerwitz)
Morty Schlass ... Waiter in Guitar Joint

Frank Vitale ... Hippie in Group
Al Sentesy ... Poster Shop Proprietor
Patti Caton ... Nancy
Gary Weber ... George
Claude Robert Simon ... Bob
Francine Middleton ... Gail
Max Couper ... Ronnie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruce Rhodewalt ... Belligerent Drunk (uncredited)

Directed by
John G. Avildsen 
Writing credits
Norman Wexler (written by)

Produced by
Christopher C. Dewey .... executive producer
Dennis Friedland .... executive producer
David Gil .... producer
George Manasse .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bobby Scott 
Cinematography by
John G. Avildsen (photographed by)
Film Editing by
George T. Norris 
Production Management
George Manasse .... production manager
William Sachs .... post-production supervisor
Frank Vitale .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harvey Vincent .... assistant director
Art Department
Willard Bond .... properties
Hugh Valentine .... title art
Sal Vitale .... title art
Sound Department
Jack Cooley .... sound mixer: Magno Sound
Michael Scott Goldbaum .... sound recordist
Charles Hansen .... assistant sound recordist
Tom Kennedy .... sound effects editor (as Thomas Kennedy)
James Perdue .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Louis Antzes .... special effects
Visual Effects by
John Paratore .... title designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Ralf D. Bode .... gaffer (as Ralf Bode)
Steve Bower .... second assistant camera (as Stephen Bower)
Jim Crispi .... electrician
Jay Good .... still photographer
Ralph Hotchkiss .... first assistant camera
Aristides Pappidas .... best boy (as Aristedes Pappadas)
Al Sentesy .... grip
Aristides Pappidas .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrew Kay .... wardrobe (as Andy Kay)
Editorial Department
Tom Kennedy .... assistant editor (as Thomas Kennedy)
Music Department
Gene Orloff .... musical supervisor
Bobby Scott .... conductor
Other crew
Tom Feledy .... production assistant
Randa Haines .... script supervisor
Lloyd Kaufman .... production assistant
Gus Benz .... the producers wish to thank: Cadillac Public Relations
Harold Cohen .... the producers wish to thank: Dorset Florists
Jack Cowley .... the producers wish to thank
Niles Davies .... the producers wish to thank
Nissan Engel .... the producers wish to thank
Norman Lafer .... the producers wish to thank: Raymodes
Stuart Lelbons .... the producers wish to thank: John's Bargain Store
Mike O'Neal .... the producers wish to thank: Ginger Man
Arthur Richards .... the producers wish to thank: Arthur Richards Clothing
Adrianne Scott .... the producers wish to thank: Sock It To Me

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Gap" - USA (promotional title)
"Joe" - Argentina (imdb display title), Uruguay (original subtitled version)
"Джо" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Dzo ... I to je Amerika" - Yugoslavia (Serbian title) (literal title)
"El imprevisible Joe" - Uruguay (video box title)
"Joe" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Joe - Das Drogas à Morte" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Joe - Rache für Amerika" - West Germany
"Joe - Skjut varenda jävla hippie!" - Sweden
"Joe - armoton" - Finland
"Joe, c'est aussi l'Amérique" - Canada (French title) (imdb display title)
"Joe, ciudadano Americano" - Spain (literal title)
"La guerra del cittadino Joe" - Italy (imdb display title)
"Tatmin olmayanlar" - Turkey (Turkish title)
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107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:R (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 (1989) | Finland:K-18 (1971) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | New Zealand:R16 | New Zealand:(Banned) | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:15 (heavily cut) | USA:R (certificate #22650)

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Audrey Caire's final role.See more »
Boom mic visible: Microphone briefly visible over Joe's head in phone booth.See more »
Melissa Compton:Are you gonna kill me too?See more »
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27 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
An Unlikely Friendship, 11 January 2005
Author: Tonytanzio from United States

Wealthy businessman Bill Compton (played by Dennis Patrick) accidentally kills his daughter's hippie boyfriend after an argument. Panic-stricken, he retreats to a bar, and meets Joe Curran (played by Peter Boyle): a loud-mouth, angry, bigot who is bitter over how his beloved country has become. Unintentionally, Bill allows Joe to find out that he just killed a hippie. And this is only the beginning. "Joe" is a classic film of an unlikely friendship. A bond between two men, one of a white-collar background, the other of a blue-collar background. Bill & Joe have one thing in common, they are disgraced over how crazy the world has become. Dennis Patrick & Peter Boyle have both given very realistic portrayals of their characters. Director John G. Avidsen with this "pre-Rocky" effort, directs this low-budget gem with the same finesse as a movie with a $100 million budget. The script is loaded with excellent character development and very snappy, realistic dialog. In spite of its strengths this film does have its weaknesses. The script falls asleep roughly 3/4 of the way through, but it wakes up just in time for the jarring climax. This film also features a very early and uninspiring performance by a 24-year old Susan Sarandon as Bill's daughter Melissa, along with her hippie boyfriend Frank, portrayed very blandly by Patrick Mc Dermott. One could only be thankful that he was killed off early in the film. In spite of its few flaws this is one of those forgotten films of the 70's that should not be. Even though "Joe" is very dated to today's standards, the chemistry between Dennis Patrick & Peter Boyle is completely relevant today, and it is the glue that holds the whole film together.

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