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29 Ratings

Joe the King

Directed by Frank Whaley
United States, 1999
Drama, Crime


A destitute 14 year old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother’s hands, harsher abuse at his father’s, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother.

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Joe the King Directed by Frank Whaley

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

1999 | Winner: Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

Gotham Awards

1999 | Nominee: Open Palm Award

What are people saying?

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Joe the King

    I found it unbalanced. There were some problems with the screenplay according to me. I can understand that the director wanted to focus on Joe, who's on the screen during the whole movie, but he simply forgot to give a minimum of psychological depth to the other characters. Good Val Kilmer performance though. Already forgotten.

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