Joey (1986 film)

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Directed byJoseph Ellison
Screenplay byJoseph Ellison
Story byEllen Hammill
Produced byJeffrey Silver
StarringNeill Barry
James Quinn
CinematographyOliver Wood
Edited byChristopher Andrews
Music byJim Roberge
Distributed bySatori
Release date
January 31, 1986
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States

Joey is a 1986 film written and directed by Joseph Ellison, based on a story by Ellen Hammill. The rock and roll movie features songs by Tim Worman and the Polecats and performances by the Ad-Libs, the Silhouettes, Screamin' Jay Hawkins and others.[1][2]


Joey King Sr. (James Quinn) was part of a successful singing group in the 1950s and now works at a gas station and is a borderline alcoholic. His son, Joey Jr. (Neill Barry) has started a rock band with his teenage friends which triggers anger in his father and he takes away his son's guitar.

The father is jealous of the son's talent until the father starts his old band back up and both Kings separately participate in the Royal New York Doo-Wopp Show at Radio City Music Hall and accept one another.

Principal cast[edit]

Actor Role
Neill Barry Joey King Jr.
James Quinn Joey King Sr.
Frank R. Lanziano Frankie Lanz
Ellen Hammill Bobbie
John Snyder Valens
Vicky Cohen Cindy
Rick Shapiro Larry

Critical reception[edit]

Critic Janet Maslin of The New York Times did not care much for the movie:

Mr. Ellison, best known for directing the horror film Don't Go in the House, has made a different sort of B-movie this time, but the effect is not exactly one of versatility. His style here is plain and perfunctory, so much so that the parts of the plot involving the father seem entirely unrelated to those about the son.[2]


  1. ^ Joey (1986) - Soundtracks
  2. ^ a b Maslin, Janet (1986-01-31). "Movie Review - Joey - SCREEN: 'JOEY,' ROCK TALE -". Retrieved 2011-02-13.

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