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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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"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 »

Company Credits

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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 movie appearance. See more »

Connections

Featured in Balladen om Bo Widerbergs Joe Hill (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet By and By/In the Sweet By and By
(uncredited)
Composed by J.P. Webster (1867)
Lyrics by S. Fillmore Bennett (English lyrics, 1867) and Erik Nystrom
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Joe Hill aka Joel Emanuel Hägglund
20 April 2003 | by Movie-ManSee all my reviews

Brilliant story about swedish-american agitator Joe Hill. Haven't seen this for a few years now, but I still remember Thommy Berggrens acting and the superb script of this Widerberg Classic! Widerberg has a certain way of making us interested in the stories. His storytelling is a little cold and has a documentary feel over them. He has shown that in movie after movie. This is one of the better ones! I'll finish off with Joe Hill's last words...

"don't mourn - organize!"

9/10


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