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Joe's Apartment (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical | 26 July 1996 (USA)
A nice guy has just moved to New York and discovers that he must share his run-down apartment with a couple thousand singing, dancing cockroaches.

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Joe
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Ralph Roach (voice)
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Rodney Roach (voice)
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Blank (as Sandra Denton)
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Senator Dougherty
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Alberto Bianco
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Jesus Bianco / Voice of Cockroach
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Vladimir Bianco
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P.I. Smith
Frank Bello ...
Stick-Up Man #1
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Stick-Up Man #2
Alex Molina ...
Stick-Up Man #3
Wayman Ezell ...
Apartment Broker #1
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Joe comes from Iowa to New York and, being short of money, wants to find an apartment with very low rent. His quest is successful, but he must share the residence with some 50,000 cockroaches. The insects turn out to be Joe's best friends. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Sex Bugs Rock 'n Roll. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for crude humor and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,854,000, 28 July 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,611,624, 8 September 1996
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is based on the 1994 short of the same name that aired on MTV during commercial breaks. See more »

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When Joe and Lily are sitting on his couch after their first date, the color of the wine changes from pink when the roaches move the glass towards Lily to dark red when she is holding it. See more »

Quotes

[Walter Shit, performance artist, has been lying in a pool of blood]
Walter Shit: I wanted to express how cold, how pitiless this city really is.
Joe: Nobody touched you for two days?
Walter Shit: Spitting doesn't count.
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Filmed entirely in New York City except for one scene we had to go to Newark for. See more »

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References Gulliver's Travels (1996) See more »

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New York City
Written by Fred Cricien, William Shepler, Matthew Henderson & Jorge Guerra
Performed by Madball
Courtesy of Roadrunner Records
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laugh your head of
12 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

What's wrong with you, people??? Why has this movie such a low rating???

I loved those bugs everywhere. The special effects are OK. The story itself is a bit naive, but, hé, it's a fairy-tale!

Everyone who likes Who frames Roger Rabbit, Ant Z, Thumbelina by Don Bluth (OK, bad example) or over-the-top-sentimental-romance like What Dreams May Come must like Joe's Apartment.

What do we have here? 1: a lonely country-boy in New York; 2: two ugly and dumb bad guys; 3: a sweet girl as love interest; and 4: thousands of bugs who are supposed to be loathsome, but soon turn out to be adorable. The first three items you have seen all before. But the fourth! You've never seen something like this, and you will never forget you saw it.


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