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Just Like Joe (2008)

100 min | Drama

"JUST LIKE JOE" is a poignant coming-of-age story that will touch your heart and bring you back to an era when Woodstock became legend and the Peace, Love and Rock 'N Roll generation was just starting out. Set in the tumultuous year of ...See more"JUST LIKE JOE" is a poignant coming-of-age story that will touch your heart and bring you back to an era when Woodstock became legend and the Peace, Love and Rock 'N Roll generation was just starting out. Set in the tumultuous year of 1969 , the film follows the lives of three 17-year old, high school football players bonded by friendship and their compelling need to find their place in a rapidly changing world. Longing for a senior year filled with dating, the prom and football glory, their normal rites of passage run smack into the drama and uncertainty of the times - the military draft, evolving sexual mores, racial inequality and the possibly fighting in the Vietnam War. With the encouragement of his blind father, star quarterback Paul Russo believes that the only way he can escape the military draft is by winning an improbable football scholarship. Tony shares Paul's infectious enthusiasm for life, but has another obsession-his unrequited love. While Frank struggles to learn about his roots and himself as a young black man living in a world of escalating racial prejudice and tension. As different as these three teammates are, one extraordinary thing unites them above all else-their desire to be "Just Like Joe' - Joe Namath- their iconic hero who was the sexy. ultra cool, 1969 Super Bowl winning quarterback of the New York Jets and the personification of everything they could ever hope to be. Written by Joanne Tamburro and Fred Carpenter See less
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Fred Carpenter (story and screenplay) | Jerry Delamater (story) | Paul Regina (screenplay) | Thom Sciacca (story) | Joanne Tamburro (screenplay)
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Sep 12, 2008 (United States)

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Paul Vario
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Rishard Lampese
Mr. L. (as Richie Lamp) Mr. L. (as Richie Lamp)   See fewer
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Mrs. Russo Mrs. Russo   See fewer
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Timmy Dougherty
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Coach Perrino Coach Perrino   See fewer
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Steven Jackman
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Gay Lee
Frank's Mother Frank's Mother   See fewer
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Blake Ian
Larry Larry   See fewer
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Eddie McGee
Jimmy Mitchell Jimmy Mitchell   See fewer
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Gaetano LoGiudice
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Jessica Mortellaro
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Joe Ferraro
Angelo Angelo   See fewer
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Joanne Tamburro
Tony's Mother Tony's Mother   See fewer
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Parent #2 Parent #2   See fewer
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John Bonavita
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Michael Dougherty
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Ed Lupardo
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Marie Lupardo
Mrs. Mitchell Mrs. Mitchell   See fewer
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Kelly Conrad
Student with Leaflets Student with Leaflets   See fewer
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Mark Crafton
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7.6 / 10 | 50 votes