Joe
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Peter Boyle delivers a strong and raw performance as Joe Curran, a racist factory worker who hates "hippies and niggers." The film deals with New York City advertising executive Bill Compton (Dennis Patrick), who kills Frank (Patrick McDermott), the junkie lover of his daughter Melissa (Susan Sarandon, in her film debut), when she ends up in a mental hospital after suffering an overdose of speed. Stunned by his rage, Bill goes into a bar and comes upon Joe, who discovers the murder and holds Bill in great esteem for his killing of the long-haired drug pusher, congratulating Bill on a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"well acted melodrama, directed by Joe Avildsen before he made the Rocky movies, starring Peter Boyle as a racist and Susan Sarandon in her very first film."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"I admire the film's gusto to look at the hippie era, but its shock factor is more of a bail out rather than letting the story reach a meaningful conclusion."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Starting with a murder and ending with a massacre, this bleak portrait of America shows a dream turned sour and a country at odds with itself."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Cliched melodrama was a cultural landmark; Boyle is superb"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
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