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Meet Joe Black

Meet Joe Black

4.5 36
Director: Martin Brest

Cast: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani


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The cycle of life on Earth hangs in the balance when Death becomes emotionally involved in this romantic fantasy. William Parrish (Anthony Hopkins) is a tremendously wealthy and powerful man who oversees a worldwide multi-media empire. Despite the loss of his wife, whom he dearly loved, William is content with his life, and he's very close to his two daughters,


The cycle of life on Earth hangs in the balance when Death becomes emotionally involved in this romantic fantasy. William Parrish (Anthony Hopkins) is a tremendously wealthy and powerful man who oversees a worldwide multi-media empire. Despite the loss of his wife, whom he dearly loved, William is content with his life, and he's very close to his two daughters, Allison (Marcia Gay Harden) and Susan (Claire Forlaini). One night, as William is fighting a hostile takeover of his company and Allison is planning an elaborate party to celebrate her dad's 65th birthday, William begins displaying the symptoms of a severe heart attack, and he is visited by a mysterious stranger, Joe Black (Brad Pitt). Joe is actually the angel of death, who has taken the form of a man who recently passed on to pay William a call. It seems that William is due to move on to the next world, but (no great surprise) he doesn't want to go. Joe, on the other hand, is curious to know what life is like for mere mortals, so the two men strike a deal -- William will have some time to get his affairs in order, and Joe will wait and see what it's like to be a human being. Joe decides that he likes it very much when he falls in love with Susan, but negotiating the slippery slopes of romance is no easier for Joe than for any ordinary man. Meet Joe Black is an updated version of Alberto Casella's play Death Takes a Holiday, which was adapted for the screen in 1934.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Even the Grim Reaper deserves a break now and then, and in this provocative drama he assumes mortal form to do just that. Death assumes the body of the recently departed Joe Black in order to move among mortals; and in the title role, Brad Pitt's quiet dignity and unassuming grace carry the movie's fanciful premise. He insinuates himself into the household of his next victim, wealthy industrialist Anthony Hopkins, and as he gradually embraces human emotion, Joe/Death falls hard for Hopkins's daughter (Claire Forlani). Joe Black's script, loosely adapted from the 1934 film Death Takes a Holiday, incorporates several subplots and a plethora of supporting characters, all of which are adroitly juggled by director Martin Brest (Scent of a Woman). The film runs fully three hours, but its length is justified as Brest unravels myriad plot threads and Pitt and Hopkins deliver textured, captivating performances. Unjustly panned by some at the time of its theatrical release, Meet Joe Black tackles an intriguing theme with uncommon sobriety and beguiling charm, and thus is eminently worthy of reevaluation.
Austin Chronicle
It's an elegiac love story from beyond the grave, as appealingly simple as it is emotionally complex. Marc Savlov

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Pitt Joe Black,Young Man in Coffee Shop
Anthony Hopkins William Parrish
Claire Forlani Susan Parrish
Jake Weber Drew
Marcia Gay Harden Allison
Jeffrey Tambor Quince
David S. Howard Eddie Sloan
Lois Kelly-Miller Jamaican Woman

Technical Credits
Martin Brest Director,Producer
Les Bloom Set Decoration/Design
Aude Bronson-Howard Costumes/Costume Designer
Celia Costas Associate Producer
Dante Ferretti Production Designer
Walter Ferris Screenwriter
Bo Goldman Screenwriter
Robert Guerra Art Director
Joe Hutshing Editor
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Ellen Lewis Casting
Emmanuel Lubezki Cinematographer
Danny Michael Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Ron Osborn Screenwriter
Jeff Reno Screenwriter
David C. Robinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Amy Sayres Asst. Director
Ronald L. Schwary Executive Producer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Michael Tronick Editor
Kevin Wade Screenwriter
David Wally Co-producer


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Meet Joe Black 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband and I can not get enough of this movie, Everytime we watch it we realize something new, and find it more touching and emotionally revealing. This film deals with life, death, love lost and gained and everything in-between. Anthony Hopkins, extraordinary, Brad Pitt, sensual, humorous, engaging, mystical, and Claire Forlani, OUTSTANDING!!! She did the most amazing job, so romantic, longing, loving sensitive,smart...just unbelivable!. And yes, where were the Oscars? as another viewer asked.This movie teaches us so much about life as well as living it and dying. Thank you to the author.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
nice movie if you like Brad Pitt because i sure do so i enjoyed this flim.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I never liked peanut butter too much. Then Joe taught me a thing or two about PB, life and death, apparantly the 3 most important things in existence. Great flick. Bravo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is certainly one of the most beautiful movies I´ve ever seen. The dialogues, the performances, the plot..everything fits perfectly and have you remember this film forever. I saw it like 3 years ago, and I have not been able to forget about it. The love relationship between Brad Pitt and Fourlani was so sublime and takes you into their world of love with a special magic. It is simply beautiful this movie and now I feel like watching it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 15 years old, and I love teen flicks. However, I was deeply moved by this beautiful story. The script was superb, the acting was wonderful, and the cast was amazing. Meet Joe Black was possibly the most beautiful movie I've ever seen. I cried so much near the end! It's a superb story, very moving, and I would recommend it to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some guys might think this is dumb, but any that do are just incapable of being themselves. I however do not have a facade. This movie is my favorite movie of all time. Anthony Hopkins is just amazing, he wisdom and curious wander is stunning. Brad Pitt, also a favorite action of mine plays the role perfect, when does he not play a role perfect? Claire Forlani adds a gentle touch of sexual desire I don't think any man could resist. Her role made the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully, lryical love story. A home without a copy of this movie is just a house.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, Brad Pitt is in this one, so I had to see it. I wasn't even sure what it was about when I rented it. I watched it with my mom and I totally loved it. The acting in this movie is so superb, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani, and especially Brad Pitt as Death. The music to do along with this movie makes it even more poignant, the instrumental music that plays when Claire Forlani and Brad Pitt are in the same scene is enough to make a girl cry. I cried in this movie, almost as much as I did when I first saw Titanic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie in the theater and was first in line when it came out on video. I watch this movie every chance I get. The subtle humor (''Death and taxes''), and the scenes with the Jamaican lady. Every thing about this movie is perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very well done movie. i thought that the way the scenes, love scenes, serious scenes were amazingly dealt with, they didnt go over board and they didnt do to little. Brad pitt, of course was amazing, and anthony hopkins really shined. i would highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants to watch a really well done extremely romantic movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brad Pitt has never looked better. This is one of the best romantic movies ever done and I've seen a lot of them. The movie is long, but well worth it. Everytime I watch it, I only want more. It is truly an incredible piece of work. Bravo!
JosephNicholas More than 1 year ago
Meet Joe Black, starring Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt is a thought provoking film that tells the story of the being Death inhabiting the body of young man (Brad Pitt) in order for Billionaire William Parish (Hopkins) to give him a tour of life. Death learns lesson about love and honor before finally taking Parish with him. The film successfully captures cherished little moments and relays how precious life really is. It's definitely worth seeing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Meet Joe Black is honestly the best movie i have ever seen. The acting is superb and the storyline is wonderful. If you want to fall in love with a movie this is definately the best pick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Meet Joe Black' is a film riddled in contradictions. After starting out with a genuinely thought-provoking premise (what would happen if death took on a human form and came to earth to learn about life from its next victim) the plot comes to a grinding halt when Death - in the embodiment of Brad Pitt - falls for his victim's daughter Susan (Claire Forlani). Anthony Hopkins is Bill Perish, Death's next intended and, as usual, delivers a performance of quiet, poignant introspection and rectitude. After some laborious inner conflict between these three principles (Susan loves Death but doesn¿t actually know who he is, Death wants to claim Susan for his own but can¿t without killing her, Bill doesn¿t want Death to kill Susan) and some totally extemporaneous scenes that have nothing to do with the central plot (Death visits and revisits an elderly Jamaican woman dying of cancer before claiming her life), 'Meet Joe Black' concludes with a knockout birthday celebration sequence. There is such an emotional swell built into this sequence ¿ in which Bill tells Susan and his other daughter, Allison (Marcia Gay Harden) that they have brought a meaning and joy into his life that he had no right to expect ¿ that I caught myself getting choked up before the inevitable finale. Fine performances from Hopkins, Harden, Forlani and Jeffrey Tambor (as Quince ¿ looking strangely like a Dr. Phil knock off) cannot excuse the fact that Brad Pitt is thoroughly out of his element as the central character. Pitt¿s interpretation of Death is one of stunted bewilderment, often taking excruciatingly long pauses before getting his point across. In the latter half of the film he somewhat improves in his performance, but nevertheless is dry, uninspired and generally a complete bore to watch. Director Martin Brest, intent on delivering an epic (the film runs just a bit over three hours) instead gives his audiences two movies in one ¿ neither as richly derived or compelling as the gala party sequence that masterfully draws all the plot elements to a successful close. I am thus conflicted in my review of ¿Meet Joe Black.¿ It has its points to make and its merits to extol but it falls flat, then dies, then is miraculously resurrected through the party sequence, making one ¿ if not forget ¿ at least forgive some of the painful moments that paved the way to the finale. This is the 'Ultimate Edition' of a DVD already made available from Universal. All the studio has done on this occasion is to slap the same transfer into some snazzy new packaging while adding some throw away extras on a second disc that one could easily live without if one already owns the first DVD incarnation. Image quality on this DVD is the same as the previously released DVD. At times the picture is quite solid, with excellent color fidelity, shadow and contrast delineation and solid black levels. Unfortunately, quite often the picture gets bogged down with pixelization that really breaks apart background detail. There's also some minor edge enhancement and some slight shimmering of background and fine detail. Contrast levels can, in a few instances, be too low. The audio is 5.1 and well balanced, with explosive bass levels that will really give your rear speakers a work out. The big, big, BIG extra that Universal throws us on disc two is 'Death Takes A Holiday' a Paramount flick with Frederic March playing Death, come down to earth to study mankind before claiming one for his own. This is a dated movie with overly theatrical performances and a generally middle-of-the-road budget that really makes the whole excursion pretty tacky. As for the quality of the transfer, the gray scale is adequately balanced but with chips and scratches on the original negative. Contrast levels are often too low. The audio is mono and strident.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again, Anthony Hopkins makes a movie that captivizes you so that you never want it to end. This legendary actor portrays his characters with such realizm that you believed he was dying, perfect, and a man among men. Brad Pitt's portrayal of ''Death'' was difficult to imagine until you actually saw his role's personality change. When you come away from this move, you are entertained and enlightened. Death is not so bad and - of course - the two things in life you can rely on are Death and Taxes. See this movie, live it and come away entertained from some truly fine male lead acting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Meet Joe Black' was the greatest movie ever.Brad Pitt was so incredible when he did the change from the friendly guy in the in the coffee shop to playing death.It was the movie that made me fall in love with Brad in the first place,he just looks so great in a Tux.As for Anthony Hopkins and Claire Forlani,they gave encore-worthy performances as well.Great Movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
loved the double meanings scattered thruout the film... ''i'm with drew''... ''not now''. i sat and watched this movie on video with my father as he was having a chemotherapy treatment. he passed on 6 months later... i will never forget his reaction to the film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of my favourites. The subject is very well handled. All the actors give great performances. Anthony Hopkins is perfection itself (as he usually is). And there is just something special about Claire Forlani, a mysteriousness that works very well in the movie, and pairs fantastically with Brad Pitt's portrayal of Death himself. I've seen the movie several times and it never fails to touch me deeply. I think most people who have lost a loved one wish they had had a chance to say all the things they didn't. But this movie looks at the other side-how do you say goodbye to the people you love, let go of them and life itself? What would you do if it were you? What would you say to the people you love? And it makes you think about all the things you wish your loved one could have said to YOU before they were gone. That's the kicker, especially if you're a daughter who has lost a father. All in all, it's a movie about life, death, love, and family. See it!!
desireefaber More than 1 year ago
I bought this movie because whenever I see it on TV, I wish I had it so I could watch it whenever I wanted to....the performance of each actor is brilliant and the story is captivating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't even call this one entertaining. The best part of the movie is seeing Brad Pitt runover by a truck. All acting in this movie is stilted, as if they're reading cue-cards. Forget this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago