Uncle Joe Shannon

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Uncle Joe Shannon
Uncle Joe Shannon.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoseph Hanwright
Produced byRobert Chartoff
Irwin Winkler
Written byBurt Young
StarringBurt Young
Doug McKeon
Madge Sinclair
Music byBill Conti
CinematographyBill Butler
Edited byDon Zimmerman
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • December 17, 1978 (1978-12-17)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States

Uncle Joe Shannon is a 1978 American drama film directed by Joseph Hanwright and written by Burt Young, who also stars. The film was produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler and distributed by United Artists.


A trumpet player, Joe Shannon believes he has little left to live for when he tragically loses both his wife and child. Only a new relationship with a disadvantaged boy is keeping him from sinking into depression's permanent depths.



Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times wrote that Young's screenplay was unsurprising and overly sentimental. She found the film to be "full of odd improbabilities," though she commended director Joseph Hanwright in his debut for drawing good performances from the cast. Dunning also reported of the cinematography, "Bill Butler's cameras capture the slick night surfaces and ruined faces of the street people of Los Angeles so that, clichés in themselves, they have the impact of sudden revelation."[1]


  1. ^ Dunning, Jennifer (December 17, 1978). "Burt Young 'Uncle Joe Shannon,' Film of Trumpeter on Skid Row: The Cast". The New York Times.

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