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Joe the King (1999)

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A disadvantaged, abused, neglected, exploited but basically decent kid slips into criminality while trying to cope with his harsh, inescapable reality.

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Frank Whaley

Writer:

Frank Whaley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noah Fleiss ... Joe Henry
Karen Young ... Theresa Henry
Camryn Manheim ... Mrs. Basil
Austin Pendleton ... Winston
Val Kilmer ... Bob Henry
Max Ligosh Max Ligosh ... Mike Henry
James Costa James Costa ... Ray
Jenny Robertson ... Waitress
Amy Wright ... Mary
Richard Bright ... Roy
Raymond De Felitta ... Mr. Brazer
John Leguizamo ... Jorge
Robert Whaley Robert Whaley ... Jerry
Peter Anthony Tambakis ... Little Joe (as Peter Tambakis)
Harlee Ott Harlee Ott ... Dawn
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Storyline

A destitute 14-year-old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major takes until he steals a cash box from the diner where he works. Although Joe uses the money to pay off some of his father's debts and to replace his mother's records that his father smashed in a fit of temper, Joe gets no thanks. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and abusive situations concerning a child | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros. [Canada]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pleasant View Avenue See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,793, 17 October 1999

Gross USA:

$60,279

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,279
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Frank Whaley has referred to this movie as "semi-autobiographical." See more »

Goofs

Although the film is supposed to take place during the 1970s, Joe is seen wearing a name brand underwear with the company logo on the waistband. This particular brand didn't produce that style until the late 1990s. See more »

Quotes

Bob Henry: So, you're gonna do some time. Stevie Wonder coulda seen that comin'.
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Connections

References The 400 Blows (1959) See more »

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Gimme Three Steps
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Written by Allen Collins & Ronnie Van Zant
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Shut Up, Listen, and Learn
8 August 2000 | by headbeernowSee all my reviews

At 15 I started working until midnight on school nights. I would catch up on my sleep during Algebra class. Hey, a kid has to prioritize. My parents never asked where I was, never really cared. I think they thought the PTA was the company that helped stranded motorists. I would walk home or take the bus so that my Dad would not show up at school driving his big heap and chain smoking in front of the other kids parents in their BMW's.School dances? no. Football games? no. Dates? no. The only time I would have interaction with the other students was when the jocks where kicking my ass because I had a goofy haircut. My teachers? I went to a public school with a bunch of rich brats. If there was any energy from the teachers I assure you it was not generated towards the poor kid with the fat lip and funny hair. And, so I reminisced on my teenage days while watching Joe the King. A kid who just can not win, no matter where his heart is. Mr. Whaley, you blew me away as an actor, but you have done it as a director and writer also. If Telly Savales were here today he would say, "You've come a long way baby." I have a new idol, I call him Frank.


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