Joe (1970)


This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!

“[asked if he has any spare change] No, but I’ve got a spare job. ” – Bill Compton

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Aug 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After murdering his daughter’s drug dealer boyfriend, a man become friendly with a man in a local bar who has similar right wing opinions.

Bottom Line – Strange film that is a bit too quirky for my usual taste. The story revolves around the character of Bill Compton, but the character of Joe played by Peter Boyle is truly the main character. The story  and plot move in some intriguing directions, but they allow for things to be told from a very radical perspective. The ideas and thoughts of these characters are similar to many other patriotic Americans’ but these men are willing to go one step further and take action instead of just thinking about them. The plot is just a rampage of violence and hate and fails to feel anchored as things progress in strange territory.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Peter Boyle won the role of Joe with his ability to improvise in-character during his audition. The producers felt that Boyle was too young (34) for the role and wanted Lawrence Tierney cast instead, but John G. Avildsen insisted that Boyle was the best actor for the part. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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