Joe Versus the Volcano script
Synopsis: Joe Versus the Volcano is a 1990 American romantic comedy film written and directed by John Patrick Shanley and starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Hanks plays a man who, after being told he is dying of a rare disease, accepts a financial offer to travel to a South Pacific island and throw himself into a volcano on behalf of the superstitious natives. Along the way, he meets and falls in love with the woman taking him there.


Joe opens the door and goes in. The SONG ENDS.


The place is lit with those totally draining, deadening

fluorescent lights. DEDE, a secretary in her late

twenties, is sitting at her desk, typing. She's pretty,

maybe a little hard.


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She types like an automatic weapon. Her makeup doesn't

really work under these lights. She nods briefly to Joe,

and goes on with her typing. Joe tries to hang up his

hat, but it keeps falling off the hook. He is endlessly

patient. It's the sound of the typewriter that makes him

miss. At last he succeeds. Behind Dede, at a bigger

desk, is MR. WATURI. He's leaning back in an executive

chair, talking on the phone. He's middle-aged, olive

skinned, in a dark suit that shows up his significant

dandruff. His teeth are yellow as rancid butter. And

there's enough grease shining on his forehead to coat a

skillet. He's talking into the phone.

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John Patrick Shanley

John Patrick Shanley is an American playwright, screenwriter, and theatre and film director. His play Doubt: A Parable won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play. more…

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