Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
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Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Patrick Shanley's first foray into the director's chair is a quirky romantic fantasy, featuring Bo Welch's signature production design. Tom Hanks plays Joe Banks, a man who hates his job, thinks the overhead fluorescent lights are making him sick, and quakes at the presence of his boorish boss Frank Watori (Dan Hedaya). He is attracted to the office secretary DeDe (Meg Ryan) but is afraid to speak to her. Then his life changes when he visits Dr. Ellison
Mar 9, 1990 Wide
Apr 2, 2002
Warner Home Video
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A more fascinating mess you'll never find.
The unredeemable result of Hollywood's total capitulation to the Spielberg/Lucas aesthetic of the 80s.
Somehow I can't hate this. Then again, I can't really like it, either.
Joe's unfortunate prognosis and ensuing plight may be completely imagined, though his motivations and lessons are realistically applicable. Joe Versus the Volcano is a work meant to transcend, and it does so with poetic semblance.
A wild, weird, and wonderful adult fairy tale about a man who travels halfway around the world to discover why his life is still worth living.
Tom Hanks kneeling before the moon is one of the most moving moments in cinema. This is one of my favorite films.
Audience Reviews for Joe Versus the Volcano
- Angelica: Well, you're in a rotten mood, Patricia!
- Patricia: It's the sunshine: it gets me down.
- Angelica: Would you like to hear a poem?
- Joe Banks: Ok, sure.
- Angelica: Long ago, the delicate tangles of his hair covered the emptiness of my hand. Would you like to hear it again?
- Joe Banks: I have no interest in myself. When I think about myself, I get bored out of my mind.
- Patricia: My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement.
- Patricia: I wonder where we'll end up?
- Joe Banks: Away from the things of man, my love. Away from the things of man.
- Hairdresser: SHAZAM!
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