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Meet Joe Black

1998 American romantic fantasy film directed and produced by Martin Brest, and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, and Claire Forlani Website

Approval Rate: 81%

81%Approval ratio

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    Fri Aug 26 2011

    I liked this one when it came out, and have seen it a few times since then. Pitt basically plays Death who hangs out w/Anthony Hopkins. It's an okay movie....terribly long though.

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    Mon Jun 15 2009

    Meet Joe Black I keep coming back to this DVD. It is uncomingly wise and illuminating as the characters interchange with each other. Joe Black, played very well by Brad Pitt, is Death, in human form. He wants to feel the experiences and learn about both the human person he has impersonates and the person (Hopkins) he come to deliver to the afterlife. Anthony Hopkins and Pitt, as well as Claire Fiorani, the beautiful daughter of Hopkins, perform exceedingly well in their roles. The ending brings the movie full circle, bringing to Claire what she thought had captured during their first meeting in the coffee shop. True love with a remarkably handsome man she met briefly, but indelibly at a coffee shop. This film brings out the best and the worst of the characters as the movie moves through all the challenges they meet. I've watched it many times and never tire of the remarkable performances and a script that suits them. Thank you for considering my opinion. S.Johnson Meet Joe Black

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    Tue May 26 2009

    Amazingly I didn't see this film until nearly 10 years after its release. It is a grand scale masterpiece. If you missed it, don't bother renting the DVD to rewatch and treasure with people you love. Superbly cast and wonderfully acted, with breathtaking cinematography and a beautiful musical score, Meet Joe Black is truly unforgetable. Take time out to really enjoy it without distraction. It envelopes you like a great book. Anthony Hopkins is simply fabulous. The scenes of him describing his wife and imparting love and wisdom to his daughters are deeply moving. Brad Pitt delivers an amazing, both tender and haunting performance as Death seeking a taste of love and life. Clare Forlarni is absolutey exquisite throughout. This is a smart love story that guys will enjoy as much as the ladies.

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    Mon May 25 2009

    This film moves above and beyond "magic realism" in a bad way. It has almost no grounding in reality. Its characters do unreasonable things.

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    Mon Apr 27 2009

    I bought this 2-disc "Ultimate Edition" of "Meet Joe Black" because Disc 2 contains the film upon which the Brad Pitt vehicle is based--1934's "Death Takes a Holiday," which stars Fredric March and Evelyn Venable. The old flick isn't for everyone, but I love it. It's not available by itself on DVD, so this is the only way to own a copy. And "Meet Joe Black" is a decent film in its own right.

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    Mon Apr 20 2009

    Death decides that he (she? it?) wants to experience life as a human being. He also wants a good tour guide. Death starts tracking William Parrish, an uber-wealthy, but apparently also uber good and moral and ethical businessman. When Bill Parrish's heart starts moving towards the final heart attack, Death inhabits Brad Pitt's body and gives Mr. Parrish a deal - as long as Death is entertained by Mr. Parrish, Death won't take Mr. Parrish to the great beyond. Parrish is played by Anthony Hopkins, just a few years removed from "Silence of the Lambs" and "The Remains of the Day". This performance is critical to the movie, because you have to believe that with Kings and Queens and Captains of Science and Industry to choose from, Death would finally choose a guided tour from Bill Parrish than from, say, Gandhi or Bill Gates or Abraham Lincoln. Parrish has two daughters. Marcia Gay Harden is Allison, the eldest daughter who is married to Jeffrey Tambor as Quince, an executive at B... Read more

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    Sun Jan 23 2005

    Worth three stars simply for the scene where Brad Pitt takes a stroll across a busy street and is immediately slammed into by a car, his body thrown like a rag doll only to fall in the path of another car. I like Brad Pitt, but I could watch that scene for hours.

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    Sun Jan 23 2005

    This actually could've been a good movie with a good editor--actually, ANY editor would do. As good as the concept was, there were scenes that dragged on endlessly with no purpose whatsoever. Just killed any momentum that movie might have had. I recommend watching this movie, but only with your finger on the fast forward button.

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    Thu Oct 14 2004

    I enjoyed this film. The length could have been cut a bit I think though. It's a rather bleak story, with Pitt playing Death, who enters the life of Hopkins telling him his time is up, but delays the innevitable for a tour of his life. They end up best buddies. This film is charming with a bittersweet tale of life and death. Plenty of tears along the way, with a few added smiles. I recommend this one for something completely different.

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    Thu Jan 01 2004

    Didn't see the whole movie. Let's see... Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt. Pitt didn't act well next to Hopkins. Pitt's ego seemed to overshadow his character.

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    Tue Feb 18 2003

    Before I begin, if you don't like Brad Pitt and you are going to mark this as "Not Helpful". Then what the hell are you doing searching for material related to him? This movie was great! Simply the best, it is long but when it is Brad Pitt who cares. This is another good movie, I love the soundtrack as well! Brad if your reading this...(yeah right...), but really he is a great actor. Hollywood needs his kind....

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    Mon May 06 2002

    Although I dodn't care for thw woman actress(the name leaves me), I was impressed by the portrayal of Death by Brad Pitt, and of course Sir Anthony Hopkins is always good. I reccomend this film. Porbably wouldn't want to watch it more than once or twice though.

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    Tue Jun 12 2001

    I absolutely adored this movie!!!!!! Oh, and I just loved the topic! I mean, how many people think of a topic like that every day?!?! Not many. Wonderful movie. You gotta love Anthony Hopkins's acting..

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    Thu Mar 29 2001

    This movie is rather strange, but occassionally it has it's moments. It is rather intense and you must pay attention at all times which is hard considerng it's 3hour length. All actors performances were great (Hopkins, Pitt and Forlani). This is a definate movie for fathers and daughters to see together (or at least mums and daughters). It's got a few teary moments, but generally is on the boundary of give it a go. It's a movie you have to judge for yourself, depending on what you like. (All Brad Pitt fans Welcome!)