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The Last Rites of Joe May (2011)

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Short-money hustler Joe May always believed he had a glorious future ahead of him, despite all evidence to the contrary. Released from the hospital after a long battle with pneumonia, Joe is forced to confront the harsh reality of his legacy: everyone he knew had assumed he was dead, and life had gone on around him without missing a beat. Returning to his old Chicago neighborhood, he finds his car gone, all his worldly possessions pawned by his landlord, and the apartment he’s lived in his entire adult life rented out to a single mother named Jenny and her eight year-old daughter. After flirting with homelessness, Joe reluctantly moves in with the new tenants of his home - at least until he is able to get back on his feet. Even as Joe doggedly pursues his comeback, he finds the odds stacked drastically against him. His health continues to deteriorate, he gets no respect from the local mob boss, and his best friend & former partner-in-crime has moved into an assisted living facility. Throughout this ordeal, Joe’s one lifeline is his burgeoning friendship with his new co-tenants. So when things turn ugly between Jenny and her boyfriend – a crooked detective with a penchant for domestic violence - Joe is determined to take a stand for his unlikely new family, and perhaps take one last shot at redefining his legacy.


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: November 4th, 2011 (Limited) by TriBeca Films
Running Time: 102 minutes
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Keywords: Organized Crime, Relationships Gone Wrong, One Last Job, Early / Simultaneous Video on Demand release, Golden Years, Corrupt Cops
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Tribeca Film, American Express, You're Faded Films, Billy Goat Pictures, Steppenwolf Films
Production Countries: United States


   Joe May
Jamie Anne Allman   
Ian Barford    Jenny's Boyfriend
Meredith Droeger    Angelina
Chelcie Ross   
Gary Cole    Mob Boss

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Joe Maggio
Producer    Bill Straus
Producer    Stephanie Striegel
Executive Producer    Tim Evans
Executive Producer    Dennis Mastro
Co-Executive Producer    Michael Bloch
Co-Executive Producer    James Brown
Co-Executive Producer    Vince Granatelli
Co-Executive Producer    Russell Scalise
Co-Producer    Carrie Holt De Lama
Co-Producer    Terry Kinney
Associate Producer    Larry Fessenden
Director of Photography    Jay Silver
Editor    Seth Anderson
Composer    Lindsay Marcus
Production Designer    Merje Veski
Costume Designer    Emma Potter
Casting    Clare Simon

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