Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Romance


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When a hypochondriac learns that he is dying, he accepts an offer to throw himself in a volcano at a tropical island, and along the way there, learns to truly live.


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3 August 2004 | cj-scrivener
10
| A misunderstood film explained
Most people didn't "get" this film. But each of us has a different sense of humour and depth. JVTV is a subtle, witty film with morals, not like the bash 'em and blow 'em up Hollywood films of late. Meg Ryan shows her versatility as three separate, wonderfully funny characters and Tom Hanks (think of his character in The Money Pit but amusingly depressed) as Joe Banks trapped in a dead end job and is told he has a terminal illness. He is offered the chance to "live like a king, die like a man" by jumping into a volcano as part of a business deal where Joe gets to spend as much money as he likes before the big deed. Along the way Joe meets many characters who awaken him to the fact that life is worth living. This film is loaded with wonderful observations, a great score and songs, and standout performances. JVTV is one of those rare films you can easily watch again and again, and always makes me smile every time I see it.

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Trivia

The lightning strike on the Tweetle Dee that sinks it, is in the signature "crooked road" seen throughout the film.


Quotes

Angelica: So, what did you do before you signed on with Daddy?
Joe Banks: I was an advertising librarian for a medical supply company.
Angelica: Oh, I have no response to that.


Goofs

When Joe goes to the doctor and is standing at the fireplace there is a stain on his shirt, his right side then after there is no stain.


Alternate Versions

The movie was re-shot to change the ending, which was unpopular with test audiences. In the original ending, after Joe and Patricia are expelled by the volcano, they are rescued by the Tweedle Dum (the sister of the yacht that was sunk, the Tweedle Dee.) On board are the rescued crew of the Dee, as well as Graynamore and "Dr. Ellison", who turns out to be Graynamore's tax accountant (and hatchet man) by the name of Kenneth Hindmick. Graynamore reveals he had Hindmick pose as a doctor to make Joe think he had a fatal disease. Hindmick pulls a gun on Joe to protect Graynamore from Joe's anger, and to allow Graynamore to keep the yacht. Joe, having stared into the mouth of a volcano, calmly swipes the gun from Hindmick, then announces to Graynamore that he and Patricia had gotten married by the Chief. They both banish Graynamore and Hindmick to the boat's dinghy in the middle of the ocean. Graynamore tells Hindmick that he likes Joe, and admits being banished in a small dinghy in the middle of the ocean is his price for being too greedy, and tells Hindmick to help him row home. Back at the Tweedle Dum, Joe and Patricia see the four steamer trunks popping to the surface, with the Chief riding the last one, brandishing his Tobi, happily telling them he didn't lose his soul after all. Joe replies he didn't lose his either. The only remnant from the original ending is that in the end credits, you see an artist's rendition of the Tweedle Dum sailing off into the distance.


Soundtracks

Más que Nada
Written by
Jorge Ben Jor (as Jorge Ben)
Performed by Sergio Mendes (as Sergio Mendez) & Brasil '66 (as Brazil '66)
Courtesy of A&M Records

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Comedy | Romance

Details

Release Date:

9 March 1990

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Hawaii, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,252,232 11 March 1990

Gross USA:

$39,404,261

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,404,261

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