Joe Gould's Secret (2000)

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Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund and who is writing a voluminous Oral History of the World, a record of 20,000 conversations he's overheard. Mitchell is fascinated with this Harvard grad and writes a 1942 piece about him, "Professor Seagull," bringing Gould some celebrity and an invitation to join the Greenwich Village Ravens, a poetry club he's often crashed. Gould's touchy, querulous personality and his frequent dropping in on Mitchell for hours of chat lead to a breakup, but the two Joes stay in touch until Gould's death and Mitchell's unveiling of the secret.

Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 67% / Audience 64%

6/10

Rated R 1 hr 44 mins

GENRES
Drama
DIRECTION
Stanley Tucci
CAST
Ian Holm  •  Stanley Tucci  •  Celia Weston  •  Sarah Hyland

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CAST & CHARACTERS
Ian Holm Joe Gould
Stanley Tucci Joe Mitchell
Celia Weston Sarah
Sarah Hyland Elizabeth Mitchell
Susan Sarandon Alice Neel
Hallee Hirsh Nora Mitchell
Patricia Clarkson Vivian Marquie
Hope Davis Therese Mitchell
Alice Drummond Helen