Meet Joe Black


3h 1998

Brief Synopsis

The story of a media tycoon William Parrish, whose charmed life and orderly household are suddenly disrupted by the arrival of an enigmatic young man named Joe Black who suddenly insinuates his way into Parrish's life--both in his business and private affairs. Determinedly attached to Parrish's side

Film Details

Also Known As
Möt Joe Black, Rencontre avec Joe Black, Conoces a Joe Black?
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Fantasy
Romance
Release Date
1998
Production Company
Anthony Starbuck
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Warwick, Rhode Island, USA; New Jersey, USA; Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA; Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
3h

Synopsis

The story of a media tycoon William Parrish, whose charmed life and orderly household are suddenly disrupted by the arrival of an enigmatic young man named Joe Black who suddenly insinuates his way into Parrish's life--both in his business and private affairs. Determinedly attached to Parrish's side, Joe attends family dinners, accompanies him to board meetings, and settles comfortably in the Parrish household. Parrish's family and colleagues begin to question the nature of his relationship to his inseparable companion Joe who appears to influence much of Parrish's moves. Joe proceeds to fall in love with Parrish's beautiful young daughter, Susan, a hard-working doctor--the apple of her father's eye. For Parrish, Susan, and the rest of his family, the consequences of this romance are profound, complicated and bittersweet, for revealed only to William Parrish is the fact that Joe Black is actually the personification of Death--awaiting for the proper moment to guide Parrish to the next world.

Crew

Trish Adlesic

Assistant Location Manager

Eric Agopian

Set Production Assistant

Robert Ahern

Production Assistant

Joseph S Alfieri

Construction Coordinator

David H. Allen

Props Assistant

Tom Allen

Property Master

Governor Lincoln Almond

Special Thanks To

Bill Anagnos

Stunt Player

Maxwell Anderson

From Story

Maxwell Anderson

Story By

Susan Anderson

Costumes

Tamsin Anstey

Accountant

Henry Antonacchio

Foreman

John M Antonacchio

Medic

Harold Arlen

Song

William Armstrong

Other

Karla J Bailey

Other

Declan Baldwin

Location Manager

Tamara Bally

Production Auditor

Meredith Barchat

Other

Ron Bartlett

Rerecording

Benjamin Beardwood

Dialogue Editor

Melanie Bell

Assistant

John Benson

Foley Editor

Jeff Berger

Assistant

Irving Berlin

Song

Bill Bernstein

Music Editor

Stephen G. Bishop

Hair Stylist

Jean Black

Makeup

Leslie Bloom

Set Decorator

Chris Boardman

Music

Tom Boles

Foreman

Nathaniel Bonini

Location Assistant

Debbi Bossi

Post-Production Supervisor

Eric Boyle

Grip

Julian Bratolyubov

Music

Margaret Braun

Other

Francis R Brennan

Production Assistant

Cyndi Brenner

Assistant Production Coordinator

Martin Brest

Producer

Joanna Brett

Costumes

Nick Brett

Stunt Player

Aude Bronson-howard

Costume Designer

Rolland M. Brooks

Scenic Artist

Troy Brown

Stunt Player

Mike Buckman

Driver

Paul Bucossi

Stunt Player

Pete Bucossi

Stunt Player

Joseph Buonocore Jr.

Driver

Michael Buonocore

Driver

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutting

Diana Burton

Video

Jeff Butcher

Props Assistant

James J Callahan

Key Rigging Grip

Dave Cambria

Electrician

Lynn Campbell

Makeup Artist

Ron Carreiro

Grip

Phillip V Caruso

Photography

Alberto Casella

Play As Source Material

Laurie Ann Castonguay

Other

Dennis Lee Causey

On-Set Dresser

Christopher Cenatiempo

Stunt Player

John Cenatiempo

Stunt Player

Laura Cercone Fiorino

Assistant Director

Lincoln Chafee

Special Thanks To

Ed Check

Art Department

Eric Cheripka

Props Assistant

Remy Chong

Assistant

Susan Christy

Craft Service

Amy Clark

Set Production Assistant

Margaret Codola

Costumes

Jennifer Cogswell

Production Assistant

William Coleman

Camera Operator

Meredith Collins

Assistant Camera Operator

Raymond Collins

Other

Richard H Conkling

Assistant Editor

Brendan Connolly

Driver

Francis J Connolly Jr.

Transportation Co-Captain

Jordan Corngold

Music

Sara Corrigan

Video

Celia D. Costas

Unit Production Manager

Celia D. Costas

Associate Producer

Sophia M Costas

Extras Casting Assistant

Marianne Crescenzi

Assistant Production Coordinator

Robert Currie

On-Set Dresser

Kassandra D'alessandro

Costumes

Paul Dallanegra

Security

Howard Davidson

Grip

John F. Davis

Storyboard Artist

Richard F W Davis

Other

Steve M Davison

Stunt Player

Richard Dean

Makeup Artist

Craig Dibona

Camera Operator

Patricia Kerrigan Dicerto

Casting Associate

Robert Digrigoli

Carpenter

Bryan Dolan

Electrician

Tom Dolan

Best Boy

Joe Dorn

Adr Editor

Dean Drabin

Adr Mixer

Thomas C Dragna

Carpenter

Al Dubin

Song

William Durnin

Other

Joe Earle

Sound Effects Editor

Edward James Egan

Grip

Johnny Egan

Set Production Assistant

Jennifer Engel

Props Assistant

Glen Engels

Grip

Chrissie England

Visual Effects

Marcus Epps

On-Set Dresser

Gregory Farrell

Electrician

Frank Ferrara

Stunt Player

Frank Ferrara

Stunt Player

Ralph Ferrara

Stunt Player

Christopher Ferraro

Other

Dante Ferretti

Production Designer

Walter Ferris

Screenplay

Walter Ferris

Writer (Adaptation)

Dorothy Fields

Song

Jim Fitzpatrick

Electrician

Kevin Fitzpatrick

Best Boy

Bill Flanagan

Grip

Carmen Flores De Tanis

Assistant Sound Editor

John J Flugel

On-Set Dresser

Thomas Ford

Electrician

Wayne Forman

Caterer

Jay Fortune

Gaffer

Raymond Fortune

Electrician

Rafael M Fraguada

On-Set Dresser

Laura Franses

Location Coordinator

Ken Fundus

Best Boy Grip

Charley Furey

Carpenter

Paul Gaily

On-Set Dresser

Emily Gaunt

Other

Lee Genick

Extras Casting Assistant

Sheila Gentile

Costumes

George Gershwin

Song

Ira Gershwin

Song

Ronald T Gildea

Driver

Jim Gilmartin

Other

Steve Ginsburg

Office Assistant

Don Givens

Foley Recordist

Bo Goldman

Screenplay

Heather Goodwin

Apprentice

Marilyn Graf

Foley Mixer

Dennis Green

Video

Robert Guerra

Art Director

Tony Guida

Stunt Player

Richard Guinness

Key Grip

Brendan Gunn

Dialect Coach

Tobias Haller

Other

Jay Halligan

Grip

Paul Halligan

Grip

Terry Ham

Assistant Director

Sandy Hamilton

Props Assistant

Oscar Hammerstein Ii

Song

E. Y. Harburg

Song

Robin Harlan

Foley Artist

Barbara Harris

Adr Voice Casting

Greg Harris

Stunt Player

Lorenz Hart

Song

Allen Hartz

Adr Editor

Vivian Hasbrouk

Casting Associate

Barbara J Hause

Wardrobe Supervisor

Richard Hebrank

Key Grip

Scott Hecker

Sound Editor

Tricia Heine

Makeup Artist

Cheryl Hendrickson

Set Production Assistant

Rebecca Henriques

Craft Service

Phil Hetos

Color Timer

Mildred Hill

Song

Patty Hill

Song

Brian Hogan

Driver

Tim Hogan

Best Boy Grip

Andrew Holliday

Electrician

Buddy Joe Hooker

Stunt Coordinator

Richard F Houpert

Grip

Randy Houston Mercer

Makeup Artist

Victor Huey

Grip

Joni Huth

Wardrobe

Joe Hutshing

Editor

Barbara Issak

Adr Editor

Chris Jenkins

Rerecording

Fred Johanns

Generator Operator

Jessica Johnson

Art Assistant

Ken J Johnson

Sound Effects Editor

Robert B Jones

Grip

Dain L Kalas

Wardrobe

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Song Performer

Lisa Katcher

Script Supervisor

Samuel F Kaufman

Other

Takahide Kawakami

Set Production Assistant

Linda Keim

Sound Effects Editor

Darrell K Keister

Art Department

Andrew W Kenah

Grip

Jerome Kern

Song

Billy Kerwick

Key Rigging Grip

Edward T Kerwick

Grip

Ann Kiker

Extras Casting Assistant

Roger Kimpton

Grip

Keith J Knight

Dga Trainee

Film Details

Also Known As
Möt Joe Black, Rencontre avec Joe Black, Conoces a Joe Black?
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Fantasy
Romance
Release Date
1998
Production Company
Anthony Starbuck
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Warwick, Rhode Island, USA; New Jersey, USA; Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA; Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
3h

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall November 13, 1998

Released in United States on Video April 6, 1999

Released in United States 1998

Shown at Tokyo International Film Festival (Closing Night) October 31 - November 8, 1998.

Brad Pitt reportedly received $17.5 million for this project.

Brad Pitt reportedly received $17.5 million for this project.

Began shooting June 11, 1997.

Completed shooting November 12, 1997.

City Light Films is Martin Brest's production company.

Alberto Casella's play has been adapted twice before as "Death Takes A Holiday"; in 1934, directed by Mitchell Leisen and starring Fredric March, and in the 1971 ABC-TV movie directed by Robert Butler and starring Melvyn Douglas and Myrna Loy.

Released in United States Fall November 13, 1998

Released in United States on Video April 6, 1999

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Tokyo International Film Festival (Closing Night) October 31 - November 8, 1998.)

Released in United States 1998 (World premiere at the 1998 Tokyo International Film Festival.)