Joe the King

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Frank Whaley's directorial debut, Joethe King, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director and some of the cast, and a trailer. This is a fine release from Trimark.
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Frank Whaley's directorial debut, Joethe King, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director and some of the cast, and a trailer. This is a fine release from Trimark.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2000
  • UPC: 031398724537
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Letterbox / Stereo / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,680

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Noah Fleiss Joe Henry
Val Kilmer Bob Henry
Karen Young Theresa Henry
Ethan Hawke Len Coles
John Leguizamo Jorge
Austin Pendleton Winston
Max Ligosh Max Henry
James Costa Ray
Technical Credits
Frank Whaley Director, Screenwriter
David Alvarez Sound Mixer
Carol Sue Baker Musical Direction/Supervision
Kerry Barden Casting
Kathy DeMarco Co-producer
Jennifer Dewis Producer
Janet Grillo Executive Producer
Anthony Grimaldi Score Composer
Jonathan Hafter Musical Direction/Supervision
Billy Hopkins Casting
Michael K. Johnson Associate Producer
John Leguizamo Executive Producer
Melody London Editor
Scott Macaulay Producer
Lindsay Marx Producer
Michael Mayers Cinematographer
Miran Miosic Editor
Robin O'Hara Producer
Daniel Ouellette Production Designer
Richard Owings Costumes/Costume Designer
Shan Padda Associate Producer
Joseph Ray Asst. Director
Mylene Santos Art Director
Suzanne Smith Casting
Robert Whaley Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Main Credits [5:00]
2. Storm [3:17]
3. Late [5:05]
4. Roller Rink [5:36]
5. Music [2:31]
6. Lockers [3:58]
7. Wish [3:45]
8. Destruction [5:20]
9. Guidance [4:39]
10. Crook [4:43]
11. Nothing [4:38]
12. Revenge [4:18]
13. Thievery [4:21]
14. Spoiled [4:12]
15. Rare [3:36]
16. Questions [4:37]
17. Calling [2:45]
18. Alone [3:17]
19. Leaving [2:28]
20. Last Meal [4:07]
21. Time [5:29]
22. Apology [4:17]
23. White Cloud [3:37]
24. End Credits [4:39]
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Whaley attempts therapy onscreen

    by dane youssef Frank Whaley's "Joe The King" has been called by the filmmaker himself "semi-autobiographical." And such a story about so much pain and misery just makes to almost want to see it just to see how thie guy got where he is today. It so damn downbeat, you have to ask yourself, "How does all this turn out? This poor little guy... Is there a happy ending?" Like a lot of actor-helmed vehicles, this one is loaded with big name walk-ons. They work, but at the same time, they disapoint. None of these characters are on the screen enough to make enough of an impact. "Joe The King" is chock-full of trite and truths to life--the lead that seems to be born into the hard-luck life, the abusive, alcoholic loser father, the weak-willed, weak-spirited, whimpering mother who doesn't care if her husband pounds on her kids as long as he doesn't pound on her, the guidance counselor who's all thumbs--aren't they all? Not just a cliche' in movies, but what guidance counselor has ever been worth in damn in life? Was yours? There is a moment where it is "Careers Day" in an elementry class where it is revealed that Joe's dad is the janitor. He is ridiculed an lashes out (very mildly) at an obnoxious litle teacher's pet and the Dickensian teacher drags Joe and spanks him in front of the entire class. The knife is further pushed and twisted when she makes the whole thing personal by muttering angrily so he can hear, "Just like your father..." Whaley is clearly dealing with old wounds and knows how to use them so they feel fresh and make you cringe (or worse, relate). The movie is full of downbeat moments and times where life shows it's ugly face. It seems as if God is very skillfully finding ways to torture Joe... and then skewering it further in smaller ways. In a moment of desperation, Joe attempts to do what his parents can't seem to... save the day. Joe is not only starving, he descends into petty theft. Then takes it even further. He attempts to dodge his father's outbursts and reach out to his brother, who is trying to eke his way into the "in-crowd" and doesn't want Joe's jinx streak to rub off on him, even to the point of at one point getting out of bed and going to go sleep the closet to get away from his brother's sad vibes. But "Joe The King" is not just one long crying jag. There is humor, sweetness and tenderness. People may differ about the nature of the ending, but in the strangest, saddest way, it offers some hope. The children swear in the tradition of "Stand By Me," the child-abuse or disregard in the tradition of "Radio Flyer" and the atmosphere is reminsent of many other films about working-class life. Unlike "That '70's Show" or "Detroit Rock City" or "Dick," this movie doesn't feel like it belongs solely in the era. It takes place in the 1970's to be sure, but a story like this feels timeless. Lead actor/title character Noah Fleiss gives on the the best performances he's probably ever given, although how many movies has he really made? And how many of them really have allowed him to shine? This is definately the one. Val Kilmer gives a just plain awesome turn as Bob, Joe's stinking, deadbeat drunk of a dad who's one of the biggest problems in Joe's life. He owes money to more than half the town. He dodges his creditors like bullets, drinks himself into a pathetic stupor and lashes out monstrously at his family. Kilmer, known for playing dazzling roles and pretty-boy parts, puts on a great deal of weight and shows nastier edges that he has since "The Doors." Since writer/director Whaley and Kilmer first worked together in that film, Whaley obviously saw how powerfully Kilmer could play a violent sadist, always under the influence of drugs. Kilmer has had trouble getting working because he's so damn dificult to work with, so the two

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    So true... Sad reality we all live in. Times do gt better though.

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