Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.



4.2 4
Director: John G. Avildsen

Cast: Dennis Patrick, Peter Boyle, Susan Sarandon


See All Formats & Editions

Peter Boyle delivers a strong and raw performance as Joe Curran, a racist factory worker who hates "hippies and niggers." The film deals with New York City advertising executive Bill Compton (Dennis Patrick), who kills Frank (Patrick McDermott), the junkie lover of his daughter Melissa (Susan Sarandon, in her film debut), when she ends up in a mental hospital after


Peter Boyle delivers a strong and raw performance as Joe Curran, a racist factory worker who hates "hippies and niggers." The film deals with New York City advertising executive Bill Compton (Dennis Patrick), who kills Frank (Patrick McDermott), the junkie lover of his daughter Melissa (Susan Sarandon, in her film debut), when she ends up in a mental hospital after suffering an overdose of speed. Stunned by his rage, Bill goes into a bar and comes upon Joe, who discovers the murder and holds Bill in great esteem for his killing of the long-haired drug pusher, congratulating Bill on a job well done. The two begin a class-spanning friendship. When Melissa escapes from the hospital, after finding out that her father killed her boyfriend, Bill and Joe comb Greenwich Village to find her. When they come upon a hippie pot party, the two reactionaries snap, pull out their guns, and go on a killing spree.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Joe was very much a product of its time, when the bloom was off the rose of the youth movement, and the public's cheerful fascination with hippies had turned sour in the wake of the 1968 Democratic Convention, the Manson Family murders, and the shooting of students by the National Guard at Kent State University. While Joe took a hard look at hatred of the counterculture in blue-collar America, it offered just as jaundiced a look at where the hippie movement had gone wrong in the previous four years. More than a few of the film's hippies (most notably Patrick McDermott as the drug dealer murdered in the film's first act) are scam artists who get their money and kicks from taking fellow longhairs and curious straights for a ride, while the few well-meaning ones seem too ineffectual to accomplish anything. On the other side of the fence, Joe (as played by Peter Boyle) seems on paper to be a hippie's worst nightmare, a reactionary bigot with plenty of guns and the willingness to use them. But Boyle's performance makes him into something richer; Boyle brings a vivid anger to Joe's tirades that's truly frightening, but he also finds humor in Joe's pathetic ignorance, and, in the rare moments in which we see the narrow boundaries of Joe's life creep up on him, Boyle even generates sympathy for the man. The compelling performance makes both the character (often sketchy on the surface) and the film (inconsistently paced and not always effective when Boyle is off-screen) into something far more substantial than it would have been otherwise; in Boyle's hands, Joe Curran is neither a cardboard villain nor the hard-hat you love to hate, but a human being, and his humanity makes his violent and hateful nature all the more ugly.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Legacy Entertainment
Region Code:

Special Features

Interactive menu; Scene index

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Patrick Bill Compton
Peter Boyle Joe Curran
Susan Sarandon Melissa Compton
Patrick McDermott Frank Russo
Audrey Caire Joan Compton
K Callan Mary Lou Curran
Marlene Warfield Bellevue Nurse
Gloria Hoye Janine
Patti Caton Nancy
Gary Weber George
Claude Robert Simon Bob
Francine Middleton Gail
Mary Case Teeny Bopper
Rudy Chumey Man in Bar
Reid Cruickshanks American Bartender
Robert Emerick TV Newscaster
Jeanne Lange Phyllis
Tim Lewis Kid in Soda Shop
Frank Moon Gil Richards
Bob O'Connell Man in Bargain Store
Patrick O'Neal Bartender at Ginger Man
Estelle Omens Woman in Bargain Store
Jenny Paine Teeny Bopper
Frank Vitale Hippie in Group
Perry Gerwitz Hippie on Street

Technical Credits
John G. Avildsen Director,Cinematographer
Louis Antzes Special Effects
Henri Decaë Cinematographer
Christopher C. Dewey Producer
David Gil Producer
Andrew Kay Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Lerner Asst. Director
George Manasse Producer
Danny Meehan Songwriter
George T. Norris Editor
Bobby Scott Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Norman Wexler Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [6:55]
2. Chapter 2 [9:18]
3. Chapter 3 [10:45]
4. Chapter 4 [7:03]
5. Chapter 5 [6:24]
6. Chapter 6 [9:02]
7. Chapter 7 [7:53]
8. Chapter 8 [8:07]
9. Chapter 9 [10:01]
10. Chapter 10 [6:49]
11. Chapter 11 [11:34]
12. Chapter 12 [9:36]

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Joe 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter Boyle's Character hates Hippies with a passion, First it was the Rednecks on Easy Rider, but it wouldnt end there. On the other side of town is Dennis Patrick who is an executive who probably at the time was making $70,000 a year as compared to Boyles 4.25 and hour. Dennis Patrick has to deal with his Hippie Daughter Susan Sarandon, who overdoses thanks to her Hippie Boyfriend. Dennis Patrick (who does some good boxing in this film) goes after the Hippie and the Hippies life is extinguished in 42.07 seconds. Boyle meets Patrick in a Bar and later realizes he found his Tag Team Partner. Along Dennis Patrick is the intelligent Executive with lots of class and did not intend to kill the hippie but you will find out how powerful Boyle's infuence is on him and he is powerless against Boyle. They go searching for the Patricks runaway daughter. In the meantime they have sex with Hippie girls and even use some drugs, but when Peter Boyles wallet is missing Death is imminent, Boyle gets to do what he always wished, kill all the hippies!!! Dennis Patrick is powerless to Boyles orders and Death occurs. There could be a chance that Joe 2 could come out with Boyle taking on Gen X group and hip hop group. Boyle is still relativly young and god know s what could happen. If Ray Ramono really knew what his TV Dad was capable of. Just be lucky that Peter Boyle is making you laugh these days
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter Boyle portays a racist and bigot, he is a hard working stiff but is powerful enough to take over the mind of Dennis Patrick. Susan Sarandon's Hippie boyfriend engages in a 1 round fight against Dennis Patrick and is KO in the first round. Be glad that Peter Boyle is doing comedy these days because this isnt the same Peter Boyle that you see today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie made my Uncle Johns day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a great film of its time. I was the young black girl with the jewish guy who said ''Hey mister can you spear a dime'', No, said ''Bill, I know where you can get a spear job'', I said ''Dumb honken'' and kept on walking. I had know I dear this film would endup a major film that spoke truly of it time. Now, that's history!