Meet Joe Black

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 own 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 instantly 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 realizes 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 is instantly overwhelmed with desire. As she begins a passionate love affair with the debonaire stranger, she has no idea that she is no longer falling 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.

A wealthy tycoon whose life is orderly and happy finds his household disrupted by the arrival of a young man called Joe Black. His daughter falls for the young man innocent of the fact that Joe is Death, visiting Earth to take the life of her father...

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"...Hopkins in a performance of great delicacy..."

4 December 1998
Entertainment Weekly

Actor(s):
Jeffrey Tambor Jake Weber Marcia Gay Harden Claire Forlani Brad Pitt Anthony Hopkins
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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 own 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 instantly 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 realizes 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 is instantly overwhelmed with desire. As she begins a passionate love affair with the debonaire stranger, she has no idea that she is no longer falling 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.

A wealthy tycoon whose life is orderly and happy finds his household disrupted by the arrival of a young man called Joe Black. His daughter falls for the young man innocent of the fact that Joe is Death, visiting Earth to take the life of her father...

Review:

"...Hopkins in a performance of great delicacy..."

4 December 1998
Entertainment Weekly

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Rating:
12
Subtitles:
Danish;Dutch;English;Finnish;Hebrew;Norwegian;Polish;Swedish
Duration (sec):
10380
Director:
Martin Brest
Special Features:
Spotlight On Location featurette
Production notes
Theatrical trailer
Animated:
false
Zone:
Region 2

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Masterpiece

Last night I watched this rare little masterpiece for the third time. It made me laugh, cry, squirm, and watch with wonder. You see, I'm older now, approaching 60, I have a grown up daughters, and know whats its like to contemplate my own mortality. Now I really do get this film, and all its elegant simplicity. Give yourself over to it, relax into its leisurely but never dull pace, and it will reward you with its sumptuous scenic beauty, unpretentious and understated acting, and most of all, its unbridled love.

The little things.

Very few movies these days have much depth to their plot. I'm glad to say Meet Joe Black is among one of the few. Most people will see a film about a sweet, quirky romance, but if you pay attention you'll realise the story is actually about appreciating the little things in life that most of us take for granted. If you think I'm going mad, watch it again.

 

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