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
Branch Call Number: DVD LAST
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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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.

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.

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.

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.

Jul 14, 2012

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

Jun 09, 2012

I have heard this a nreally good film


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