• Meet Joe Black (1998)

Meet Joe Black

Release Date: November 13th, 1998

DVD Release Date: June 11th, 2002

PG-13 |3 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

Bill Parrish (Anthony Hopkins), businessman and devoted family man, is about to celebrate his 65th birthday. However, before he reaches that landmark, he is visited by Death (Brad Pitt), who has taken human form as Joe Black, a young man who recently died. Joe and Bill make a deal: Bill will be given a few extra days of his life, and Joe will spend the same time getting to know what it's like to be human. It seems like a perfect arrangement, until Joe falls in love -- with Bill's daughter.

Cast: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani, Jake Weber, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeffrey Tambor, David S. Howard, Lois Kelly-Miller

Director: Martin Brest

Genres: Romance , Fantasy , Drama

Production Co: Universal Pictures, City Lights Pictures

Keywords: Forbidden love , Daughter , Hospital , Heartwarming , Father , Temptation , Death , New York City , Engaging , 1990s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Rick GroenThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Ultimately, the movie is a perfect mirror of its star -- looks great, seems empty. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie contains elements that make it very good, and a lot of other elements besides. Less is more. show more

  • 50
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Brest deserves credit for letting the story unfold at a thoughtful pace, but the drama falls apart in the last half-hour, gushing with exaggerated emotions and abandoning its fairy-tale premises for an unconvincing feel-good finale. show more

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