6.9/10
43,300
136 user 244 critic

Joe (2013)

R | | Crime, Drama | 11 April 2014 (USA)
Trailer
2:27 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL
An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.

Director:

David Gordon Green

Writers:

Gary Hawkins, Larry Brown (based on the novel by)
4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Mud (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.

Director: Jeff Nichols
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Russell M. Haeuser
Rage (2014)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

When the daughter of a reformed criminal is kidnapped, he rounds up his old crew and seeks his own brand of justice.

Director: Paco Cabezas
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Rachel Nichols, Max Ryan
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.

Director: David Gordon Green
Stars: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, Lance LeGault
Stolen (2012)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A former thief frantically searches for his missing daughter, who has been kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a taxi.

Director: Simon West
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Malin Akerman, Josh Lucas
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.

Director: Scott Walker
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens, John Cusack
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A hitman who's in Bangkok to pull off a series of jobs violates his personal code when he falls for a local woman and bonds with his errand boy.

Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Charlie Yeung, Shahkrit Yamnarm
The Runner I (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

In the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, an idealistic but flawed politician is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal.

Director: Austin Stark
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Sarah Paulson, Peter Fonda
The Trust (2016)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A pair of cops investigating a drug invasion stumble upon a mysterious bank vault.

Directors: Alex Brewer, Benjamin Brewer
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, Sky Ferreira
Dog Eat Dog I (2016)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A crew of ex-cons are hired by a Cleveland mafioso to kidnap the baby of a rival mobster.

Director: Paul Schrader
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Matthew Cook
Pay the Ghost (2015)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A professor frantically searches for his son who was abducted during a Halloween carnival.

Director: Uli Edel
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Veronica Ferres
Looking Glass I (2018)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A couple buy a desert motel where they find that strange, mysterious events occur.

Director: Tim Hunter
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Robin Tunney, Marc Blucas
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Joe
Tye Sheridan ... Gary
Gary Poulter ... Wade a.k.a. G-Daawg
Ronnie Gene Blevins ... Willie-Russell
Adriene Mishler ... Connie
Brian Mays Brian Mays ... Junior (as Brian D. Mays)
Aj Wilson McPhaul ... Earl (as A.J. Wilson McPhaul)
Sue Rock ... Merle
Heather Kafka ... Lacy
Brenda Isaacs Booth ... Mother (as Brenda Isaacs-Booth)
Anna Niemtschk ... Dorothy
Elbert Hill III Elbert Hill III ... Shorty (as Elbert Evan Hill III)
Milton Fountain Milton Fountain ... Milton
Roderick L. Polk Roderick L. Polk ... Roscoe
Aaron Spivey-Sorrells ... Sammy
Edit

Storyline

In order to provide for his destitute family of drifters, a likable, sincere, able-bodied 15-year-old boy comes to hire on among a burned-out ex-con's group of aging forest laborers. As the man becomes more and more aware of the boy's abusive home life, his deeply buried humanity is roused. Drinking and smoking incessantly to remain detached from his volatile temper, he finally takes the matter into his own hands - come what may - when the boy's alcoholic father finally goes too far. Written by statmanjeff

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing material, language and some strong sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Джо See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$105,881, 13 April 2014

Gross USA:

$373,375

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,431,443
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Both actors Nicolas Cage & Tye Sheridan have starred in Marvel Comics films. Cage starred as Johnny Blaze / Ghost Rider in Ghost Rider (2007) and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011). Sheridan starred as Scott Summers / Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and Dark Phoenix (2019). See more »

Goofs

When Joe and Gary are looking for the dog, Gary climbs into the driver's seat of the truck. When they arrive, Joe is driving. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gary: Hey, you old man, you look at me. I got som'in' to say to you. Every time we land someplace new, you say it's gonna be different, but it ain't. You mess up... a lot... then you leave a mess for me and Momma and Dorothy to clean up, and that ain't right. That's all I'm sayin'. Hell, I do what I gotta do. You do whatever the hell you want - whatever you can get away with. You're just a... selfish old drunk. Yeah, that's what you is. Yeah, this place is gonna be after us. Hell, ...
[...]
See more »


Soundtracks

Keeping Man
Performed by Lance LeGault
Courtesy of Polydor Records Ltd.
Under License From Universal Music Enterprises
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
There's a nine star movie in here, weighted down by sensation--but watch it for the good stuff
18 February 2015 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Joe (2013)

Where our children turn when their parents let them down is one of the most troubling areas for fact and fiction both. Nicolas Cage's checkered career doesn't diminish his strong, heartfelt performance here as Joe, leading a group of workers in the deep woods of some Deep South state doing illegal tree killing. But that's just backdrop, because a teenager, Gary, comes along looking for work, seemingly just from some patch of these rural woods or one of the little backwards towns nearby.

Joe has issues with violence and alcohol, but he's a truly good person deep down below all the conflicts and bad judgments, and he learns that Gary has an abusive father and troubled family. And he gradually gets involved. As this intersection grows, we learn more about Joe's world in the town, about some other guys who have it out for him, and about his sense of honor. It's that kind of world where government of all kinds, including the police, is considered unnecessary to the point of being bad, and instead people have a kind of independence that is sometimes admirable and sometimes pure belligerence.

That's the part of the movie I liked much more than I expected, and was what I took away above all—the portrayal of a kind of life and a kind of people, told with an odd kind of honesty that works.

It doesn't just reside there, however. The plot becomes highly dramatic, even sensational, as some of the shifty characters get motivated to get really violent. There is even a point when it gets so hairy for Joe he does something unthinkable until now—he calls the cops. You'll see, it's an odd turning point. So this vengeance and violence make the plot have teeth, I suppose, and it's fine, but I actually sense another movie that didn't get made here that was toned down two steps and had all these elements and yet kept the focus on the real grit.

And there's Gary, who is a pretty decent kid somehow (his father is about as bad as fathers can get, but his mom had some influence, I guess). We can finally see how a kid can escape a family horror and move on, while growing up and becoming a decent person, maybe another Joe, which oddly enough the world needs. It's worth watching just for all these things. Give it twenty minutes to develop, and it'll click.


17 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 136 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed