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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
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The working title of the film was "Pleasant View" during pre-production. 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: Love you.
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Connections

Referenced in Return to Innocence (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Highway Song
Performed by Blackfoot
Written by Rickey Medlocke (as Rickey Lynn Medlocke) & Jason W. Spires
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A breakdown of family
30 July 2003 | by Tiger_MarkSee all my reviews

As I watched this brilliant film by Frank Whaley, I found myself more and more, examining crime in general. Certainly there are more than a few people that think convicts are born bad and should do the max. However, this film shows under what conditions criminals are made and you know what, it is not always their fault. I know this sounds like liberal claptrap, but I believe it true. In this movie, we see a young man that literally has nothing. An abusive, alcoholic father that is rarely around, unless he is there to smack him around. A mother that can't manage her own affairs, much less anybody elses'. An odd brother that generally only thinks of himself. Then we have our main character who strives to make a go of it and bring them together. He is good and caring, but he is too young to provide for everybody. The family is destitute and will never be the uniting force it needs to be for the betterment of our main character's life. . Our character is uneducated and left to fend on his own, inevitably he turns to crime. Gripping movie that I could not break away from. Highly recommended.


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