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Joe Hill (1971)

About the life and death of the legendary Swedish/American agitator Joe Hill.

Director:

Bo Widerberg

Writers:

Bo Widerberg, Richard Weber (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Thommy Berggren ... Joe Hill
Anja Schmidt ... Lucia
Kelvin Malave Kelvin Malave ... The Fox
Evert Anderson Evert Anderson ... Blackie
Cathy Smith Cathy Smith ... Cathy
Hasse Persson Hasse Persson ... Paul
David Moritz David Moritz ... David
Richard Weber Richard Weber ... Richard
Joel Miller Joel Miller ... Ed Rowan
Robert Faeder Robert Faeder ... George
Michael Logan Michael Logan
Wendy Geier Wendy Geier ... Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
Liska March Liska March ... The Charity Woman
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Storyline

In the early 1900's, the legendary Joe Hill emigrates with his brother to the United States. But after a short time, he loses touch with his brother. Joe gets a few jobs but is struck by all the injustice and tragedy going on. He becomes active in the forbidden union IWW, a union for workers without trades. It is forbidden to demonstrate and to speak in public but Joe gets around that by singing his manifests with the Salvation Army. He manages to get more and more people to get on strike with him but he also makes powerful enemies doing that. Finally he gets connected with a murder and during the trial he fires his lawyer and takes upon himself to become his own defender. Written by Movie-Man <soderberg@softhome.net>

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Taglines:

"I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night. Alive as you or me. Says I, but Joe you're ten years dead. I never died says he."


Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Sweden | USA

Language:

English | Swedish | Italian

Release Date:

25 August 1971 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ballad of Joe Hill See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Apart from Thommy Berggren in the leading role just about all actors were amateurs, most of them making their one and only film appearance. See more »

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Featured in Muraren (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

There Is Power in a Union
(uncredited)
Composed by Lewis E. Jones (1899)
Lyrics by Lewis E. Jones (1899 - "There Is Power in the Blood ...") and by Joel Hägglund (1913 - "There Is Power in a Union")
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Joe Hill is being re-released!
9 June 2012 | by t-pitt-1See all my reviews

Bo Widerberg's excellent 1971 biopic, 'Joe Hill', has been unavailable for many years. This has been very frustrating for people wishing to watch this very important and largely forgotten piece of labour history. As can be seen from other reviews here, the film is excellent and very memorable.

It is currently viewable on YouTube, but this is a very poor quality copy. The image is blurry and the sound is very poor and scratchy; I suspect it has been uploaded from a bootleg copy.

Interestingly, 19 November 2015 will be the 100th anniversary of Joe Hill's execution in Utah, USA, and many labour history groups around the world (including US, UK, Australia and Sweden) are planning to stage centenary celebrations. It would be great if the film were available for screening at these events.

Anyway, the GOOD NEWS is that a Swedish producer and filmmaker, Tomas Ehrnborg, is currently preparing a digitally remastered version of 'Joe Hill' and other films by Bo Widerberg (including 'Elvira Madigan') and is planning to release them as a boxed set later this year. At this stage (25/4/15) no release date has been confirmed.

For further information, please contact Tomas at Tomas.Ehrnborg@kb.se. I can be contacted at t.pitt@live.com.au

Teresa Pitt, Melbourne, Australia


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