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Joe's Apartment Details


This film is based on an innovative short film made for MTV about a guy living in a horrible downtown apartment filled with scores of mischievous, smart-alecky roaches. The story chronicles the adventures of Joe (Jerry O'Connell), a hapless rube from the rural Midwest who journeys to the wilds of New York City. Mugged repeatedly on his arrival, his luck seems to turn when he finds an affordable apartment in a very dubious neighborhood. Unfortunately, his landlord (Don Ho) is more interested in evicting or, if need be, murdering his tenants, so that the building can be turned into a (highly profitable) penitentiary. Joe finds the allies he needs in his apartment's cockroaches, who sing and dance their way into his heart. This film should be of interest for fans of 1930s musicals; it makes reference to Busby Berkeley's elaborate dance phantasmagorias and the odd water ballets of Esther Williams. Many of the scenes utilized real roaches who were "choreographed" via tiny filament harnesses and other devices. Animal rights activists will be pleased to note that no roaches were intentionally harmed during filming. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

  • Release date:December 15, 1996


Jerry O'Connell
as Joe
Megan Ward
as Lily Dougherty
Shiek Mahmud-Bey
as Vlad
Jim Turner
as Walter Shit
David Huddleston
as P.I. Smith
Reginald Hudlin
as Rodney Roach
Robert Vaughn
as Sen. Dougherty
Billy West
as Ralph Roach
Paul Bartel
as NEA Scout
Don Ho
as Alberto Bianco


John Payson
Bonni Lee
Diana Phillips
John Payson
Peter Deming
Carter Burwell
Composer (Music Score)
Carter Burwell
Peter C. Frank
Carol Spier
Production Designer
Abby Terkuhle
Executive Producer
Griffin Dunne
Executive Producer
Stephanie Maslansky
Costume Designer
Rosa Howell-Thornhill
Sound/Sound Designer
Vebe Borge
First Assistant Director
Chris Wedge
Meg Simon
Michael Turoff
Special Effects Supervisor
Elizabeth Shelton
Assistant Costume Designer