• 2013
  • US
  • 1h 57min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Gordon Green
  • Cast: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter
  • UK release: 25 July 2014

A hard-living, ill-tempered ex-con meets a teen boy and becomes an unlikely protector.

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Cage on fire.

Ex-con Joe (Nicholas Cage) works as foreman of a group of forestry workers and lives a quiet life alone with his dog. When he meets troubled young boy Gary (Tye Sheridan), he reflectively extends the hand of guidance and friendship; however, the price of his well-intentioned intervention proves to be high. Fresh from the success of Prince Avalanche, David Gordon Green harnesses a powerhouse performance from Cage, electrifying the dark, poignant second instalment of his 'Indie Trilogy'.

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Reviews & features


18 Jun 20144 stars

Nicolas Cage excels in powerful, grimy drama that elevates ordinary story to near-operatic heights

David Gordon Green's biggest hit, urban-stoner comedy Pineapple Express, is very much untypical of the moody, backwater dramas he directs on an annual basis, from George Washington to Prince Avalanche. Joe is another entry in his canon of accomplished…

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014: Is it time for Nicolas Cage's resurgence?

10 Jun 2014

The mercurial actor stars in David Gordon Green's Joe alongside Tye Sheridan

Matthew McConaughey, eh? Who saw that coming? One minute, he’s headlining forgettable romcom dross like Failure to Launch and Fool’s Gold; the next, he’s stealing scenes in intriguing indie projects. A look at his resumé shows a clear line in the sand…

Nicolas Cage excited to work with non-actors

11 Apr 2014

Film gossip

Nicolas Cage was excited to work with amateur actors in 'Joe'. The 'Ghost Rider' actor is currently starring as an ex-convict in the drama alongside a host of professional and non-professional actors including Gary Poulter, a homeless man who was…

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