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My Name Is Joe (1998)

Two thirtysomethings, unemployed former alcoholic Joe and community health worker Sarah, start a romantic relationship in the one of the toughest Glasgow neighbourhoods.

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Paul Laverty (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Mullan ... Joe Kavanagh
Louise Goodall Louise Goodall ... Sarah Downie
Gary Lewis ... Shanks
Lorraine McIntosh Lorraine McIntosh ... Maggie
David McKay David McKay ... Liam
Anne-Marie Kennedy Anne-Marie Kennedy ... Sabine (as Annemarie Kennedy)
Scott Hannah Scott Hannah ... Scott
David Peacock David Peacock ... Hooligan
Gordon McMurray Gordon McMurray ... Scrag
James McHendry James McHendry ... Perfume
Paul Clark Paul Clark ... Zulu
Stephen McCole ... Mojo
Simon Macallum Simon Macallum ... Robbo
Paul Gillan Paul Gillan ... Davy
Stephen Docherty Stephen Docherty ... Doc
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Storyline

Two thirtysomethings, unemployed former alcoholic Joe and community health worker Sarah, start a romantic relationship in the one of the toughest Glasgow neighbourhoods. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language and some violence, sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Germany | France | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Benim adim Joe See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,017, 24 January 1999

Gross USA:

$354,952

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$354,952
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

With the exception of 'Peter Mullan' and Gary Lewis, all the people in the opening Alcoholics Anonymous meeting are actual members. See more »

Goofs

The reflection of the boom microphone is visible in the television set when Sarah is talking with Sabine at the school. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Downie: Get out of my way! Leave me!
Joe Kavanagh: No. No. No, calm down. Just calm down.
Sarah Downie: Are you gonna hit me too, Joe?
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Connections

References 101 Dalmatians (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Hi Ho Silver Lining
Written by Scott English (as English) / Larry Weiss (as Weiss)
Published by Helios Music Corporation
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Heartwarming realism
9 November 1998 | by Olivia-2See all my reviews

A review of this film in the Telegraph asks, "Why do people go to see Ken Loach films?" I would suggest that people go to see Ken Loach films because they're interested in society, interested in how people live, and keen to see films about REAL people i.e. people who aren't rich and beautiful and don't live in charming pieds a terre in Chelsea ... My Name is Joe is at the same time heartwarming and heartbreaking, making you feel good about the characters whilst thanking your lucky stars that you don't live the lives they do. Go and see it with an open mind and a thirst for realism.


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