Meet Joe Black (1998)

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Bill Parrish (Anthony Hopkins), businessman and devoted family man, is about to celebrate his 65th birthday. However, before he reaches that landmark, he is visited by Death (Brad Pitt), who has taken human form as Joe Black, a young man who recently died. Joe and Bill make a deal: Bill will be given a few extra days of his life, and Joe will spend the same time getting to know what it's like to be human. It seems like a perfect arrangement, until Joe falls in love -- with Bill's daughter.

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt, Claire Forlani, Marcia Gay Harden

Crew: Martin Brest (Director), Emmanuel Lubezki (Director of Photography), Thomas Newman (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Release Dates: 13 Nov 1998 (India)

Tagline: Meet Joe Black: Sooner or Later Everyone Does

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Did you know? During Bill and Susan Parrish's last scene together, the orchestra plays an arrangement of "What a Wonderful World." First recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1968, the song has become a standard. Armstrong's recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. Read More
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as William Parrish
as Joe Black / Young Man in Coffee Shop
as Susan Parrish
as Allison
as Boardmember
as Eddie Sloane
as Jennifer
as Construction Foreman
as Party Guest
as Boardmember
as Jamaican Woman's Daughter
as Drew
as Quince
as Boardmember
as Boardmember
as Drew's Secretary
as Helen
as Boardmember
as Party Waiter
as Jamaican Woman
as Madeline
as Lillian
as Party Guest
as Butler
as Boardmember
as Hospital Receptionist
as Electrician
as Florist


First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director


Executive Producer
Associate Producer


Screenplay Adaptation

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Production Designer
Art Director
Set Decorator
Prop Master


Casting Director
Casting Associate
Extras Casting
Casting Assistant

Costume and Wardrobe

Post Production

Post Production Supervisor

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator


Stunt Coordinator

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Meet Joe Black: Sooner or Later Everyone Does
He's Expecting You.
The amount of ice in Bill's scotch glass varies from shot to shot when the family is having drinks.

The exterior shots of the helicopter are of a Sikorsky S-76. However, the interior shots are of a larger helicopter, possibly something equivalent to a Sikorsky S-92 (the executive model S-76 typically has only 2 rows of rear seats that face each other).

When Allison has the three different cakes brought in for her father to taste and choose one for the party - the chocolate cake keeps changing position from shot to shot.

In the coffee shop, Susan pours cream into her coffee three times, and puts sugar in twice.

When Joe walks into the office to tell Bill that it will be just the two of them, Bill takes off his glasses twice.

When Quince is talking to Joe before the party, his wine glass jumps from hand to hand between shots.

Just before clinking glasses with Joe Black, William Parrish holds his wine glass by the bowl when seen from the front, but by the stem when shot from behind.

When Susan is kissing Joe goodbye after having made love, her medical bag is on the floor. Even though she doesn't bend down to pick it up before she walks away, she has it in her hand as she exits.

At Bill's party - when he is in his office about to confront Drew - before he stands up he takes off his glasses, but in the next shot he is standing and takes off his glasses again.

During the first close up of Susan at the parts the straps of her dress are twisted at the back. They are straightened in the future scenes.
The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt and Marcia Gay Harden; and one Oscar nominee: June Squibb.

A truncated two hour version has been shown on television and airlines, achieved by chopping out most of Anthony Hopkins's character's business. Martin Brest has disowned this edit so the director's credit is for Alan Smithee.

When death is standing behind the glass in Bill's library upon their first meeting, the body is obscured. However, when death stands closer to the window, the outline in the window forms a skull. This is the first indication of who the mysterious person is.

The part played by Anthony Hopkins was originally slated for Gene Hackman.

When "The Guy at the Coffee Shop" first appears, he is obscured in the translucent phone booth talking on the phone. The first time "Death" is seen is in "the Guy's" body also obscured behind glass in Bill's library making a direct connection between the two.

Anthony Hopkins would frequently come to blows with Martin Brest over the director's insistence on doing multiple takes.

A reunion for Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins after playing father and son four years previously in Legends of the Fall (1994).

Future director Eli Roth had an early job working as a stand-in during production of this film, but was fired by director Martin Brest due to a misconception. Reportedly, Roth was asked to walk with an awkward "bouncing" motion to appear "taller" (as he was physically shorter than the actor he was doubling) while the crew set up a shot and lighting with him. Director Brest happened to walk by, saw Roth's awkward movement, and declared him to be "one untalented stand-in" before ordering him to be immediately fired, not realizing he had been instructed by the crew to move that way. Roth was later re-hired as a production assistant, but this was kept secret from Brest to avoid trouble.

loosely based on the film Death Takes A Holiday.

During Bill and Susan Parrish's last scene together, the orchestra plays an arrangement of "What a Wonderful World." First recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1968, the song has become a standard. Armstrong's recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
Movie Connection(s):
Referenced in: Burn After Reading (English)
Referenced in: Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (Hindi)
Referenced in: Jersey Girl (English)
Remade as: Shukriya: Till Death Do Us Apart (Hindi)