Joe Versus The Volcano

Joe, a mild-mannered young man leading a mundane life and working at a monotonous job, is told by his doctor he has an incurable illness and has just six months to live. He's given the opportunity to leave this world in a blaze of glory when he's offered all the material goods he's ever wanted in exchange for jumping into an erupting volcano. Joe accepts the offer and embarks upon his adventure where he learns that every day is a gift.

  • Starring: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
  • Director(s): John Patrick Shanley
  • Producer(s): Amblin Entertainment
  • Screenwriter(s): John Patrick Shanley
  • Distributor: Warner Brothers
  • Animal Coordinator: Unknown
  • Release Date: Friday, January 12, 1990

Featured Animal Action

There is minimal animal action in this comedy-romance. The natives on the volcanic island keep ducks as mascots. When Joe is slapped with fish in a native ritual, fake fish are used. A brief fishing scene was staged so that no fish were harmed.