Joe Hill

1971, Biography, 1h 55m

6 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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Joe Hill (Thommy Berggren) immigrates to America from Sweden in the early years of the 20th century. Although he secures a few jobs in his new homeland, the degrading working conditions astonish him. He becomes involved in the radical organization Industrial Workers of the World and goes on to write folk ballads championing the rights of the average worker. But in 1914 circumstantial evidence links him to a murder. Joe claims he is innocent, but the authorities think otherwise.

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  • The movie is so irresolute in making assumption about its hero, about his drives and his dreams, and especially about his guilt, that it is scarcely an appreciation of even the mythical Joe Hill.

    March 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Joe Hill is a dazzler to look at, yet ultimately horrifying.

    March 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Widerberg doesn't take the Wobbly brand of anarcho-syndicalism, the "one big union" philosophy, at all seriously. It's not that he should; it's that the movie is lightweight because he doesn't.

    November 6, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Joseph Hillstom... the Swedish immigrant who became an American labour leader only to be framed and shot for his political involvement, has been lovingly brought back to life by Bo Widerberg.

    March 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The movie's premiere is an opportune moment to contribute some historical facts about the working-class rebellion, as necessary today as they were yesterday. [Full Review in Spanish]

    July 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Politically simplistic and sentimental, Joe Hill never succeeds in evoking the tone of moral outrage that the film would have needed to really succeed.

    June 13, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie is so irresolute in making assumption about its hero, about his drives and his dreams, and especially about his guilt, that it is scarcely an appreciation of even the mythical Joe Hill.

    March 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Joe Hill is a dazzler to look at, yet ultimately horrifying.

    March 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Widerberg doesn't take the Wobbly brand of anarcho-syndicalism, the "one big union" philosophy, at all seriously. It's not that he should; it's that the movie is lightweight because he doesn't.

    November 6, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Joseph Hillstom... the Swedish immigrant who became an American labour leader only to be framed and shot for his political involvement, has been lovingly brought back to life by Bo Widerberg.

    March 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The movie's premiere is an opportune moment to contribute some historical facts about the working-class rebellion, as necessary today as they were yesterday. [Full Review in Spanish]

    July 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Politically simplistic and sentimental, Joe Hill never succeeds in evoking the tone of moral outrage that the film would have needed to really succeed.

    June 13, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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