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The Last Rites of Joe May is a 2011 American drama film written and directed by Joe Maggio. The film stars Dennis Farina, Jamie Anne Allman, Ian Barford, Meredith Droeger, Chelcie Ross and Gary Cole. The film was released on November 4, 2011, by Tribeca Film.

The Last Rites of Joe May
The Last Rites of Joe May poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoe Maggio
Produced byBill Straus
Stephanie Striegel
Written byJoe Maggio
StarringDennis Farina
Jamie Anne Allman
Ian Barford
Meredith Droeger
Chelcie Ross
Gary Cole
Music byLindsay Marcus
CinematographyJay Silver
Edited bySeth Anderson
Billy Goat Pictures
Steppenwolf Films
You've Faded Films
Distributed byTribeca Film
Release date
Running time
106 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States



Leaving the hospital after a long stay there caused by pneumonia, Joe May returns alone to his Chicago neighborhood by bus and steps into a tavern, where he is greeted by a bartender with, "I thought you were dead."

His landlord thought likewise, renting out Joe's tenement apartment during his unexplained absence. Joe discovers a single mother and her young daughter, Jenny and Angelina, living there now. He respects their privacy and sleeps outdoors, unprepared for the frigid night in his thin leather jacket and risking a relapse of his illness.

After looking up his pal Billy in an assisted-living center, Joe accepts an offer by Angelina to share the apartment and rent. Leery at first of the little girl, he soon takes a liking to her, and she to him. He also takes an instant dislike to Jenny's boyfriend, an abusive police detective named Buczkowski.

In need of money, Joe seeks permission from a local crime figure, Lenny, to move some stolen meat. The scheme goes badly, Joe having great difficulty in carrying a heavy side of lamb by himself, with a hungry dog pursuing him through an alley. Cold, broke and lonely, he has little seemingly to live for, so when Jenny's boyfriend becomes violent again, Joe comes to her rescue, with fatal consequences.



The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22, 2011.[1] The film was released on November 4, 2011, by Tribeca Film.[2]


  1. ^ a b "The Last Rites of Joe May: Tribeca Review". Hollywood Reporter. 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  2. ^ "The Last Rites of Joe May Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2016-09-08.

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