Rent My Name is Joe (1998)

3.9 of 5 from 126 ratings
1h 41min
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'My Name Is Joe' is a slice of life so raw that you can see the blood dripping off it and as in real life it mixes humour, passion, tragedy and violence in equal measure. Joe is a recovering alcoholic and has done a few things in his past which he’d rather forget. Like most people he knows, he’s out of work but he keeps sane by coaching the self-styled worst football team in Glasgow. When one of Joe’s players, Liam, gets involved with some local gangsters a chain of events is set in motion which not only threatens the lives of those concerned but also comes between Joe’s budding love affair with social worker Sarah.
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Paul Laverty
Channel 4
Drama, Sports & Sport Films

1998 Cannes Best Actor

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Run Time:
101 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0, English LPCM Stereo
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
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Reviews (4) of My Name is Joe

My Name is Joe. - My Name is Joe review by CP Customer

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The best film I have seen for a long time. The acting was superb. The variety of characters was fantastic.It was Motivating, emotional, and incredibly funny. This is "Life" and how it really is. I will definitely be adding this film to my collection.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

My name is Hope - My Name is Joe review by RhysH

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Ken Loach points his camera at the lower depths and records it with integrity. Despite the despair that runs through this film, there is a genuine and moving love affair and some wonderful touches of humour. The humour is in the two football matches, shades of Loach's 1969 film Kes.

The performances are compelling, Peter Mullan as Joe, Louise Goodall as Sarah and, in particular, a moving performance by David McKay as Liam.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

A tough but rewarding watch - My Name is Joe review by PW

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Loach pulls no punches with this. Although Glasgow, and its accent, is well-suited as a setting, this plot could have played out in any British city or provincial town, as those on the edge of society are constantly presented with Hobson's choice and condemned to the inevitability of their chaotic lives. We see committed and well-meaning Individuals doing their utmost to help, but a dysfunctional society sooner or later overwhelms the poor and weak.

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