Joe Hill (film)

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Joe Hill
Joe hill poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bo Widerberg
Written byBo Widerberg
Produced by
Starring Thommy Berggren
CinematographyJörgen Persson
Edited byBo Widerberg
Music by Stefan Grossman
Production
companies
  • Bo Widerberg Film
  • Sagittarius Productions
Distributed by
Release date
  • August 25, 1971 (1971-08-25)(Sweden)
  • October 24, 1971 (1971-10-24)(United States)
Running time
117 minutes
Countries
  • Sweden
  • United States
Languages

Joe Hill is a 1971 biopic about the Swedish-American labor activist and songwriter Joe Hill, born Joel Emanuel Hägglund in Gävle, Sweden. It was directed by Swedish director Bo Widerberg and is a dramatization of Hill's life, depicting Hill's arrival as a poor immigrant in New York in 1902, his involvement with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and his trial for murder, during which he defended himself.

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The film stars Thommy Berggren as Joe Hill, while the rest of the cast were mostly unknowns in their first film roles. It is the only film that Widerberg made in the US.

The film won the Jury Prize at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival. [1]

Joe Hill was mostly unavailable commercially for nearly four decades (though occasionally shown at special film club screenings in Sweden) until a restored and digitally remastered version was produced in 2015 by the National Library of Sweden. It is now available on DVD. The distributor is Studio S Entertainment, Stockholm.

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References

  1. "Festival de Cannes: Joe Hill". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-04-12.