Meet Joe Black (DVD)

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Media tycoon William Parrish (Anthony Hopkins) is approaching his sixty-fifth birthday when he encounters Death (Brad Pitt) himself. Parrish is offered a few extra days of life if he allows the Grim Reaper into his home and, keen to finish off an important company merger, agrees, introducing his new guest to friends and family as Joe Black. Joe begins to fall in love with Parrish's daughter, Susan (Claire Forlani), who is engaged to Drew (Jake Weber), Parrish's deputy. When Parrish decides against the merger, Drew stages a boardroom coup and attempts to oust the tycoon.

Product Details

Barcode
3259190352612
Department
Movies & TV
Released
1 Sep 2008
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Drama
Region
Region 2
Year
1998
Language
English
Studio
UCA
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Bonus Footage
  • Trailers
  • Other Documentary: On Location featurette
  • Production Notes
  • Cast Film Makers Notes
Runtime
173 min
Age Restriction
12
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Meet Joe Black
Release Year
1998
Language
English
Alternate Title
Conoces a Joe Black?
Categories
Dramas / Death / Theatrical Release
Ratings
IMDb
7.2
Rotten Tomatoes®
51%
Metacritic
43
Synopsis
This modern fantasy stars Anthony Hopkins as William Parrish, a wealthy New York City media mogul who suffers a heart attack on the eve of his 65th birthday; although he survives, he senses that his death is near. On the same day, Parrish's younger daughter, Susan (Claire Forlani), meets a handsome young stranger (Brad Pitt) at a neighboring coffee shop and is instantly smitten. As they part, the young stranger is killed and his body is occupied by Death, who is coming to Earth to warn Parrish that his death is, indeed, imminent. Death enters the Parrish household disguised as Joe Black, the handsome stranger, and although Parrish understands Death's intentions he lets the family believe that Joe Black is a young business associate. Susan is shocked to find the familiar young man at her family dinner that evening, and, as she begins a passionate love affair with the debonaire stranger, she has no idea that she has fallen not for the young stranger from the coffee shop but for Death himself. In an effort to prolong his life and his daughter's happiness, William agrees to take Joe on a tour of human life that includes board meetings, family parties, and, ultimately, romance. As long as Joe falls in love, Parrish remains alive. This version was inspired by the Alberto Casella play DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY and the subsequent 1934 film.
Notes
Theatrical release: November 13, 1988.
Poster
Poster for Meet Joe Black
Cast & Crew
Director
Martin Brest
Star
Brad Pitt / Claire Forlani / Marcia Gay Harden / Anthony Hopkins / Jeffrey Tambor / Jake Weber
Screenwriter
Bo Goldman / Ron Osborn / Jeff Reno / Kevin Wade
Composer
Thomas Newman
Producer
Martin Brest
Director of Photography
Emmanuel Lubezki
Editor
Joe Hutshing / Michael Tronick
Production Designer
Dante Ferretti
Movie Critics
Box Office
"...Powered by a superlative cast and magnificent technical contributions..."
Wade Major (1 Jan 1999, p.54)
Entertainment Weekly
"...Hopkins in a performance of great delicacy..."
Owen Gleiberman (4 Dec 1998, p.69)