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Joe Versus the Volcano

  • Film

Time Out says

Shanley's full-blown romantic fantasy, shot almost entirely on stylised sets, is a dreamlike allegory about heroism and personal fulfilment. Curiously, in a film so dependent on narrative and visual artifice, it is Hanks' multi-faceted performance as a clerk-turned-adventurer that binds the disparate elements together. After learning that he has a 'brain cloud' and only six months to live, Joe realises he has been too scared to live properly, and accepts a challenge from magnate Graynamore (Bridges): the inhabitants of a Polynesian island need a hero who will jump into a volcano to appease their gods; in return, Joe will get to live like a king and die like a man, while Graynamore gets the rights to valuable mineral deposits. Passing from the depressing grey-blue of Joe's office through LA's neon brashness to the abstract colours of the later scenes, this engaging fable builds from a slow bubble to an outright eruption of comedy, romance and tear-jerking sentiment. If you go with the flow of Joe's Capraesque journey of self-discovery, you may be swept along.
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Release Details

  • Duration:102 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:John Patrick Shanley
  • Screenwriter:John Patrick Shanley
  • Cast:
    • Tom Hanks
    • Meg Ryan
    • Lloyd Bridges
    • Robert Stack
    • Abe Vigoda
    • Dan Hedaya
    • Barry McGovern
    • Amanda Plummer
    • Ossie Davis
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