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In JOE, a business executive and a blue-collar worker team up to find the executive's runaway daughter, forming an unusual friendship based on their hatred of hippies. When their search comes into conflict with the counterculture, a violent climax becomes inevitable.

Director John G. Avildsen's violent and gritty portrayal of the clash between the counterculture and establishment of 1970s New York became an instant cult classic.   ...See Full Description

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5 stars
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great 70's sleeper
outstanding performance by sarandon and boyle..............brings you right back to the early 70's
By dm952 (longs,SC) Verified Buyer
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Isn't it time for history to repeat itself?
As technically crude as it is politically abrasive, "Joe" (1970) displays a raw immediacy--the prosaic attribute of the best low-budget productions--that is fully appropriate to its subject. The stark but inspired story is a kick in the groin that somehow manages to encompass many of the period's most volatile contradictory issues. Filmed for a modest budget of $106,000 by first-time director John Avildsen ("Rocky"), "Joe" was an instant smash hit, grossing nearly $20 million. Bill Compton (Dennis Patrick), a Madison Avenue executive, kills, in a blast of incestuous fury, his daughter's sniveling, drug-pushing hippie boyfriend. Later, at a bar, he impulsively confesses the crime to Joe Curran (Peter Boyle), a blue-collar loudmouth who's been sounding off all his prejudices against a wide variety of minorities,especially hippies. "I'd like to kill one of them!" rants Joe, and Bill, still reeling from having done just that, whispers, "I just did." Expecting to be blackmailed when, a few days later, Joe tracks him down, Bill is relieved to learn that Joe admires him for what he did. "There's plenty of people," Joe tells him, "who would make you a hero." Bill's guilt and Joe's rage form the basis of an unlikely friendship as the two men discover they have a great deal in common, and Joe agrees to help Bill search the hippie underground for his runaway daughter (Susan Sarandon in her film debut). A savage vision of a generation gap that is one tiny step shy of a full-scale shooting war, "Joe" plays like a call to arms--to both sides. Hatreds are so inflamed, according to the film, that violence is inevitable. Each side regards the other as criminal; both sides see themselves as victims. The film's particular revelation is that Joe and Bill, representing the establishment axis (business-plus-hardhat), should be so paranoid. "Easy Rider" (1969) had already dramatized the threat to hippies, and although hippies are again on the receiving end in Joe, the thrust of the film is to attempt an understanding of Bill and Joe. To this end, the film is often surprisingly insightful. The shock of "Joe" for many people was to see and recognize the enemy for the first time, to confront the sobering enormity of the gap dividing Americans from one another. However, most critics saw too much contrivance, too much melodrama and too much caricature for the film to lay claim to political pertinence. These less impressionable critics were undoubtedly right about Joe's vulgarity, but that only caused them to miss the point--for "Joe" nonetheless established the rationale for future movie heroes of both the right and the left to take the law into their own hands (Among them: "Dirty Harry" (1971), "Billy Jack" (1971), "Walking Tall's" Buford Pusser (1973) and "Death Wish's" Paul Kersey (1974), all big box-office hits). Like "Joe", all the vigilante films proceed from the conviction that social order has been broken down, and like "Joe", all such films reflect a very real spirit of confrontation between the counterculture and the conservative mainstream, which finally--after years of retreat--rose up in the age of Nixon to fight back. [filmfactsman]
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The films message is still relevant
I first viewed Joe when it first came out. I was in my second year of college and I lived in Florida at that time. The film, at that time, made you see yourself no matter what your political and/or sociological views were at the time. After viewing the film now I still think it has a powerful message for anyone who views it. I was reminded that there is still much of the same political and sociological climate in our country today. Perhaps not enough people embraced the lessons brought to us by the film JOE.
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Just Your Average Joe
Peter Boyle gives his greatest performance as Joe, a blue-collard Republican who meets up with a white collar business man in search for his missing daughter. Very disturbing, violent, funny, and shocking JOE is an important film during the hippie generation.
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Cool movie
The ending was supposed to be shocking, but it had me laughing for several minutes.
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Joe video Product Details

CD Universe Part number6819439
StudioPro-Active Entertainment
Orig Year1970
Catalog number9043
Release DateMar 01, 2005
RatingR (MPAA)
Running Time107 Minutes
Movie DetailsColor

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