Joe vs. the Volcano

Directed By: John Patrick Shanley Starring: Tom Hanks Meg Ryan

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Tom Hanks Best Movie

by Hank on 9/17/2009

Yes, I have to say this is the best movie Tom Hanks has ever been in and yes I have seen Forest Gump, Philadelphia, and Castaway. Something about this movie is special though. It's his first one with Meg Ryan and catches him in the sweet spot in his career. It's a great story and has great performances. Must have for the DVD library.

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Joe vs the Volcano

by Deanna Zingsheim on 3/22/2012

Tom Hanks: if ur in the mood to laugh, he's the guy to watch. He makes me smile out loud.

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Tom hanks and meg ryan first teamed on this box-office hit that lets laughter, romance and charm flow like lava when a hapless working schmoe with an incurable ailment chucks his drab lifestyle to go on a globetrotting escapade.


Studio Warner
SKU 40164908
UPC 085391606024
UPC 14 00085391606024
Format DVD
Release Date 9/28/2010
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Editors Note
Note When an average man living a thoroughly unfulfilling life is diagnosed with a terminal disease he quits his job and accepts a millionaire's odd offer -- to travel to a south seas island and sacrifice himself to a volcano. In this odd but touching film Meg Ryan plays three roles.
Premiere "...Hanks delivers a take-this-job-and-shove-it performance for the ages..." 07/01/1994 p.90
Rolling Stone "...[Meg Ryan] has rarely been more appealing..." 04/19/1990 p.38
USA Today "...A surreal fable that fairly erupts with comic left-turns..." 03/09/1990 p.4D
Los Angeles Times "...It's actually a funny, endearing fable about courage, love and faith..." 03/09/1990 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...The movie introduces its individuality in its opening shot....[Ryan shows] here that she is a gifted comic actress..." 08/08/1993 p.4
John Patrick Shanley
Tom Hanks
Meg Ryan
Cast & Crew
Lloyd Bridges - Actor
Meg Ryan - Actor
Nathan Lane - Actor
Ossie Davis - Actor
Robert Stack - Actor
Tom Hanks - Actor
Abe Vigoda - Actor
Amanda Plummer - Actor
Dan Hedaaya - Actor
Stu Moore - Costume Designer
Colleen Atwood - Costume Designer
Robert Chase - Costume Designer
John Patrick Shanley - Director
Stephen Goldblatt - Director of Photography
Frank Marshall - Executive Producer
Steven Spielberg - Executive Producer
Kathleen Kennedy - Executive Producer
Kenneth Wannberg - Film Editor
Richard Halsey - Film Editor
Georges Delerue - Musical Score
Teri Schwartz - Producer
Bo Welch - Production Designer
John Patrick Shanley - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1990
Catalog ID 16060
UPC 00085391606024
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 102 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review [A] pleasant if pointless is fun watching Ryan play three distinctively different women... and remember, luggage is everything.
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Trailers
Product Attributes
Actor Hanks,Tom
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jack Garner, GANNETT NEWS SERVICE A lot of laughs. Inspired lunacy!
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever [An] imaginative farce...
Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times A funny, endearing fable. Witty and beautiful.

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