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.


Yeah, Harry, but can he do the

job? I know he can get the

job, but can he do the job?

I'm not arguing that with you.

I'm not arguing that with you.

I'm not arguing that with you

Mr. Waturi waves absently at Joe and goes on talking into

the phone.


Who told you that? No. I

told you that. Me. What?

Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.

Joe hangs up his coat on the coat rack and goes to the

coffee set-up at the rear of the office. He snaps a

disposable plastic coffee cup into a permanent plastic

holder. He puts a spoonful of instant coffee in the cup.

Then a spoonful of powdered creamer. Then two spoonfuls

of sugar. He takes a plastic stirrer and stirs the

powders. He pours in the hot water and stirs. Little

clumps of undissolved stuff rise to the top. Joe tries

to break them up with the stirrer and partially succeeds.

He feels the glands in his throat. Maybe they're a

little swollen. He rubs his eyes. They're burning a

little. He takes his coffee and walks past Mr. Waturi

and into his own office.


The same fluorescent lighting. There's a small wooden

desk which has on it an old electric typewriter and an

out-of-place lamp; it's a lamp Joe brought from home. The

rest of the office is almost entirely taken up with grey

industrial shelving. On these shelves are brochures

depicting various medical instruments. Samples of each

brochure are taped to the appropriate shelf. Behind

Joe's desk is a pipe that runs floor-to-ceiling and is

painted fire-engine red.



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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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