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Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)

Joe Versus the Volcano
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5.6 IMDB rating

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Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan

DeDe / Angelica / Patricia
Lloyd Bridges

Lloyd Bridges

Graynamore
Robert Stack

Robert Stack

Dr. Ellison
Abe Vigoda

Abe Vigoda

Chief of the Waponis
Dan Hedaya

Dan Hedaya

Mr. Waturi
Barry McGovern

Barry McGovern

Luggage Salesman


Written by
John Patrick Shanley

John Patrick Shanley

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An average movie

1 year ago at Nov 5 21:57
Before becoming a ‘serious’ actor and winning two Academy awards back-to-back, Tom Hanks used to make some pretty goofy comedies and he was pretty successful at it. Well, this movie must be the goofiest of them all and even though Roger Ebert really loved it, I had a rather hard time to care about the whole thing. Of course, the plot was completely preposterous and it was supposed to be really... read more
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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.
Release date: 9 March 1990
UPC: 085391606024
Comedy (12), Romance (10), Luggage (5), Volcano (5), Escape (4), 1990 (4), Mission (4), Twins (4), Satire (4), Lamp (4), Millionaire (4), Suicide (4), Island (4), Yacht (4), Ukulele (4), Terminal Illness (4), 1990s (3), Love (3), Underdog (3), Whimsical (2)
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“Before becoming a ‘serious’ actor and winning two Academy awards back-to-back, Tom Hanks used to make some pretty goofy comedies and he was pretty successful at it. Well, this movie must be the goofiest of them all and even though Roger Ebert really loved it, I had a rather hard time to care about the whole thing. Of course, the plot was completely preposterous and it was supposed to be really whimsical but, honestly, I thought it was rather annoying. This movie would be the first Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan would make together (‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and ‘You got mail’ would then follow) and it was probably the least successful, even though it was probably more original. The one thing I enjoyed was to see Meg Ryan playing 3 different characters and I especially enjoyed the 1st one,” read more

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