Joe (1970)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1970, .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by John G. Avildsen.  Produced by .  Music by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1970.  

This interesting, grungy little drama captures the frustrations of regular middle-aged folks and their reactions to the hippie movement of the sixties and seventies.  plays an incredibly angry bar patron whose railing against overly liberal youth attracts the attentions of a businessman () whose young daughter (Susan Sarandon in her film debut) is also one of the ‘enemy’. The two of them go on a little journey into the world of teenagers, taking advantage of its plus sides while continuing their attitude of disdain, the end result being a tragedy that costs Patrick more than he is willing to sacrifice. Sarandon is fantastic as the naive girl, and though the production is ragged to look at, it features an intelligent screenplay and a strong lead performance by Boyle. The debut directorial effort by John G. Avildsen (Rocky).

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