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Joe the King (1999)

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Release Date
 USA: Oct 16, 1999
DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 15, 2000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for language and abusive situations concerning a child.

Running Time
1 hour, 33 minutes

Country USA

Studio 291 Films, 49th Parallel Productions, Forensic Films, Lower East Side Films

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Other Titles
• Joe the King
• Joe Henry (1999)
• Pleasant View Avenue (1998)

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Genre: Crime, Drama, Period Piece, Coming Of Age, Suspense, Thieves

Plot: A sensitive, uncompromising portrait of a resilient young boy trying to navigate the loneliness and confusion of adolescence and the harsh circumstances of his dysfunctional family life in a small blue collar town in upstate New York during the 1970s. Whaley's first directorial effort shows his inexperience at various moments, but it is this exact lack of expertise that lifts the film above standard coming-of-age fare into a realm of honesty that most major motion pictures never attain. The fact that the friends he recruited to help fill integral roles just so happen to be Kilmer, Hawke, and Leguizamo didn't hurt matters either.

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 Directed by
Frank Whaley
Pulp Fiction, Field of Dreams, Broken Arrow
 Written by
Frank Whaley
Pulp Fiction, Field of Dreams, Broken Arrow
Camryn Manheim
Scary Movie 3, Happiness, Mercury Rising
Val Kilmer
Heat, Top Gun, True Romance
John Leguizamo
Moulin Rouge!, Ice Age, Die Hard 2
Peter Anthony Tambakis
The Sixth Sense, Igby Goes Down, Snow in August
 Music By
Anthony Grimaldi
The Jimmy Show

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