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It's too long. And it's unremittingly hokey. But, it does have the savvy Hopkins and Pitt in full desirable object mode. In this reworking of 1934's "Death Takes a Holiday," Pitt plays a not-so-Grim Reaper who decides to see what living is all about by inhabiting the body of a recently deceased man. He grants some extra time to wealthy businessman William Parrish (Hopkins), if he'll serve as Death's guide. Now named Joe Black, Death takes to his new life but causes problems in Parrish's household, especially when he falls in love with Parrish's doctor daughter, Susan (a weak Forlani).

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Available on Running time 180 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Fantasy, Death & the Afterlife, Plays to Film: Maxwell Anderson, Corporate Shenanigans, Growing Older, Birthdays, Grim Reaper
Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno, Kevin Wade, Bo Goldman
Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeffrey Tambor, Jake Weber
Emmanuel Lubezki
Martin Brest
Thomas Newman
Martin Brest, Ronald L. Schwary, City Lights Productions, Universal Pictures

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Meet Joe Black
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It has Brad Pitt in it, so it's good. Joe Black and Bill Parrish enter into a most unusual gentleman's agreement. Wealthy media tycoon William Parrish leads a charmed existence until death comes with an extraordinary proposition. He'll delay Bill's imminent demise in exchange for a tour of life. Joe disrupts Bill's world of privilege and corporate intrigue. When he falls for Bill's beautiful daughter, Joe threatens to change the rules. Now Bill must fight not for his future, but for those he loves in this bittersweet tale of life and death.