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Artificial Eye/Curzon
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Running Time:
117 mins.
David Gordon Green
Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan
Lisa Muskat, Worldview Entertainment

DoP: Tim Orr

Costume Designer: Jill Newell

Joe Ransom drinks hard and lives tough. His daily routines provide glimpses of a failed marriage, abandoned children and relations that often do not resemble romance.

Despite his irresponsibility, Joe works around the clock and has a sleepy charm about him. We meet him as he takes on the job of clearing a forest of trees one by one.

During his time in this forest Joe comes across a 15-year-old, Gary and his recklessly alcoholic father, Wade. Gary is a boy who is at that age where he can grow “good” if he just escapes his father’s abusive grasp. Joe takes him on as a worker and the two prove to be kindred spirits.

Together they navigate this gritty world of characters. Lonely nights, hard sweaty work, first time beers and drunken men with shotguns are the ingredients in this Southern tale of redemption. Joe is the story of the last hold-out of the cowboy age, when it was okay to shoot up a bar room or tell a lady what to do.

Based on the novel by Larry Brown

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Artificial Eye has set the UK release date for David Gordon Green’s Joe, starring Nicolas Cage.

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Review – 4 out of 4 stars
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By Richard Corliss
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The mercurial star plays an exhausted ex-con with a fatherly soul in David Gordon Green's indie drama

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Playing in competition at the 70th Venice Film Festival, David Gordon Green's rural noir Joe (2013) - based on Larry Brown's grit-lit novel - stars Nicolas Cage as Joe Ransom, a man who, in the words of Johnny Cash, "Won't back down". Joe leads a...

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The Bottom Line
Nicolas Cage gives one of his most incisively nuanced performances in years in another distinctive film from David Gordon Green.

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Tye Sheridan ("Mud", "Tree of Life") has joined the cast of Worldview Entertainment's drama "Joe," starring Nicolas Cage.


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By Eric Eisenberg

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Drama stars Nicolas Cage with David Gordon Green helming

Worldview Entertainment is coming on board to finance and produce David Gordon Green's drama "Joe," starring Nicolas Cage.

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Worldview Entertainment will finance and produce the David Gordon Green-directed Joe, a Southern drama to star Nicolas Cage. Gary Hawkins adapted from the novel by Larry Brown. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in early November in...

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Worldview Entertainment will finance and produce David Gordon Green’s southern drama, “Joe,” starring Nicolas Cage, the company announced on Friday in Toronto.

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Release information

US release
Lionsgate / Roadside
April 11, 2014

French release
Wild Side Films / Le Pacte
April 30, 2014


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