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Joe Hill

  • Drama
  • History
  • 1971
  • Bo Widerberg
  • 114 mins
  • AA

Summary

Biographical drama starring Thommy Berggren. Thirty thousand people attended the funeral of Joe Hill, an early campaigner for social justice in America, who was executed for a murder he almost certainly did not commit. Bo Widerberg's funny, charming and beautiful film, made in English, traces Hill's life from the moment he arrives in New York on an immigrant ship from Sweden, to its end in carefully ground ashes strewn across the country.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Set in 1902 New York, this should have been a hard-hitting study of the part played by immigrants in the Industrial Workers of the World movement. But, as with Adalen 31, his account of a key moment in Swedish labour history, Bo Widerberg here again allows imagist lyricism to detract from the authenticity of his investigation of working-class struggle. As the folk singer whose political career is curtailed by a false murder rap, Thommy Berggren occasionally unleashes the fervour of the socialist zealot. But, apart from a few shrewd insights into the American psyche, this is a disappointingly uncommitted picture.

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Credits

Cast

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Joe HillThommy Berggren
LuciaAnja Schmidt
FoxKelvin Malave
BlackieEvert Anderson
CathyCathy Smith
PaulHasse Persson
DavidDavid Moritz (1)
RichardRichard Weber

Crew

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DirectorBo Widerberg

Details

Theatrical distributor
British Lion Film Corp Ltd
Released on
1971-09-23
Languages
English | Swedish | Italian
Guidance
Formats
Colour
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