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Meet Joe Black (1998)

aka Meet Joe Black

"He's Expecting You."

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Details: 178 mins · English, Español, Português · PG-13 (USA)


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The movie had a very slow pace and sometimes even slow dialogue except for one character who talked all the time.
But I did think it was a very pretty movie. I love personifying ideas like Death, and I found it interesting they did not really call him Death in so many words or very often, but you just had to understand.
Maybe I am superficial, but I did not find the romantic interest so gorgeous, but I grew to love her and found her very soft and delicate but strong and a great love interest. Though the ending was far fetched a little with the switch and everyone was hunky dory with the switch, no questions asked.

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Small Joe Black
Small William Parrish
Small Susan Parrish
Small Quince
Small Allison Parrish
Small Drew
No_movie_poster Eddie Sloane
No_movie_poster Jamaican Woman
No_movie_poster Jamaican Woman's Daughter
No_movie_poster The Parrish's Butler
No_movie_poster Helen
Small Young Man in Coffee Shop
No_movie_poster Lillian
Small Death


No_movie_poster Thomas Newman Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Martin Brest Producer
No_movie_poster Michael Tronick Editor
No_movie_poster Juliet Taylor Casting
No_movie_poster Ellen Lewis Casting
No_movie_poster Dante Ferretti Production Design
No_movie_poster Ron Osborn Screenplay
No_movie_poster Jeff Reno Screenplay
No_movie_poster Kevin Wade Screenplay
No_movie_poster Bo Goldman Screenplay
No_movie_poster David J. Wally Producer
No_movie_poster Celia D. Costas Producer
No_movie_poster Ronald L. Schwary Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Emmanuel Lubezki Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Joe Hutshing Editor
No_movie_poster Robert Guerra Art Direction
No_movie_poster Leslie Bloom Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Aude Bronson-Howard Costume Design
No_movie_poster David C. Robinson Costume Design
No_movie_poster Robert DeVine Special Effects
No_movie_poster Martin Brest Director
No_movie_poster Martin Brest Director
Small Maxwell Anderson Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Gladys Lehman Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Walter Ferris Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Joe Hutshing Editing
No_movie_poster Michael Tronick Editing


"He's Expecting You."

"No one can die - while he loves!"

"Meet Joe Black: Sooner or Later Everyone Does."


Billionaire media mogul William "Bill" Parrish (Anthony Hopkins) is considering a merger between his company and another media giant, while also about to celebrate his 65th birthday with an elaborate party being planned by his eldest daughter Allison (Marcia Gay Harden). He begins to hear mysterious voices, which he tries with increasing difficulty to ignore.

His youngest daughter Susan (Claire Forlani), an internal medicine resident, is involved with one of Bill's board members, Drew (Jake Weber). She is considering marriage, but her father can tell she's not madly in love. When she asks for the short version of his impassioned speech, he simply says, "Stay open. Who knows? Lightning could strike!"

Susan meets a vibrant young man (Brad Pitt) at a coffee shop. She is instantly enamored but fails to even get his name. Minutes after their encounter (but unbeknownst to her), the man is struck by multiple cars in what appears to be a remarkably serious motor vehicle accident.

Death arrives at Bill's home in the body of the young man, explaining that Bill's impassioned speech has piqued his interest. Given Bill's "competence, experience, and wisdom," Death says that for as long as Bill will be his guide on Earth, he will not have to die. Making up a name on the spot, Death is introduced to the family as "Joe Black."

Bill's best efforts to navigate the next few days — knowing them now to be his last — fail to keep events from going rapidly out of his control. Drew is secretly conspiring with a man bidding for Parrish Communications. He capitalizes on Bill's strange behavior and unexplained reliance on Joe Black to convince the board to vote him out as Chairman, using information given to him inadvertently by Bill's son-in-law, Quince (Jeffrey Tambor), to push through approval for the merger which Bill had decided to oppose. Quince is devastated.

At first confused and repulsed by Joe, believing him to be the young man from the coffee shop, Susan eventually falls deeply in love with him. Joe is now under the influence of human desires and becomes attracted to her as well. Bill angrily confronts him about his relationship with his daughter, but Death declares his intention to take Susan with him for his own.

As his last birthday arrives, Bill appeals to Joe to recognize the meaning of true love and all it encompasses — especially honesty and sacrifice. Joe comes to understand that his love for Susan means he must forego his desire to take Susan with him and allow her to live her life. He also helps Bill regain control of his company, exposing Drew's underhanded business dealings to the board by "revealing" himself as an agent of the Internal Revenue Service and threatening to put Drew in jail.

Bill devotes his remaining hours of life to his daughters Allison and Susan at his birthday party. Joe says his last goodbye to Susan, who senses something of the truth behind his words but is unable or unwilling to vocalize this realization. A fireworks show in the distance, Joe escorts Bill away while Susan watches. She is astonished when Joe reappears. The young man, unaware of what events have transpired from the time of his death until his return, isn't even aware how he got here. A mystified but pleased Susan asks him, "What do we do now?" He replies, "It will come to us."

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1998-11-13 : United States of America

DVD : 1999-04-06

DVD : 2002-06-11

Blu-ray disc : 2012-05-01

1998-11-02 : United States of America