The Last Rites of Joe May

The Last Rites of Joe May

DVD - 2012
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Short-money hustler Joe May always believed he had a glorious future ahead of him, despite all evidence to the contrary. Released from the hospital after a long battle with pneumonia, Joe is forced to confront the harsh reality of his legacy: Everyone he knew had assumed he was dead, and life had gone on around him without missing a beat. Even as Joe doggedly pursues his comeback, he finds the odds stacked against him. Bonus features included.
Publisher: [United States] : Tribeca Film : Newvideo [distributor], 2012
ISBN: 9781422948880
1422948889
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Monolith
Jan 01, 2016

Joe May was waiting all his life for something great to come along, and finally it did. In the end he did something great. An outstanding old school drama from the writer/director, Joe Maggio, and an actor perfectly suited for the role, the late great Dennis Farina.

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IV27HUjg
Dec 18, 2015

Probably the best acting by Dennis Farina in all his work just before his untimely death - he is missed. Harsh reality is spot on, sad, touching. I could feel his dreams of some other future; the disbelief of aging; living in days gone past; the failures and what could have been. When I see people on the street, in the stores, on the bus, I can't help but wonder about their earlier life. Then at look at cocky young people who have no clue what's in store for them.

The first scene on the bus after he's released from hospital, a youngish lady gets up to give her seat to him knowing his older & not steady...she stands...a kid gives her a funny look, keeps his seat. Just like Seattle bus rides where the young kids sit & the old stand.

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BloomFree
Dec 30, 2014

I love good believable, involving drama. Joe May looks at himself in the mirror and not only sees his reflection accurately but also gets his mistakes reflected back to him harshly.

Joe has a lot of faults but spirit is not lacking in him up to the very end. He pays a heavy cost for his past mistakes and decides to go out (of life) in his own style.

Oh yeah - I was crying but there is some happiness mixed in with the harshness portrayed here. As Tom Petty says even the losers get lucky some time.

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Anondah
Jan 31, 2013

Depressing but I guess it was a good movie. Just to see Dennis Farina's great acting, it's worth it. Really sad story though...

howardpoole Sep 02, 2012

A little disappointing in the story. I didnt like the old buzzand much, although I do like the actor. It just seemed to be missing something.

btmslt Aug 28, 2012

A very interesting film which showcases Farina's acting talents. His portrayal of a down on your luck older man is very compelling.

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Gary Geiserman
Aug 02, 2012

"Gettin' old is a bitch!" , Joe says. His structures stripped away or altered, a life presents itself in it's life. Dying, leaving this place, is part of it. Life around his life presents him with 'new' senses of who he's been--or, better, who he is. -----------It's Chicago and it's not summer (like all those location films shot there). It's Dennis Farina and he's not on the con anymore. Naked Lunch, baby.

Glencoe_Mike Jul 23, 2012

An excellent character study with Dennis Farina phenomenal as the lead, a Chicago hustler who comes out of the hospital to find that everyone has assumed him dead. He gets involved with a woman and her daughter. Slow and moving and (mostly) doesn't seem forced.

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dontbugmeimreading
Jul 14, 2012

I enjoyed it but found it a little depressing. Similar to Clint Eastwood's Grand Torino.

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HDfilmdoctor
Jun 09, 2012

I have heard this a nreally good film

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