Are you ready to "Meet Joe Black"?

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Are you obsessed with the 1998 film, "Meet Joe Black"? Take this quiz to find out what happens when death comes knocking on your door and he's incredibly handsome!!

In which year was the premiere of "Meet Joe Black"?

"Meet Joe Black" was released on November 13, 1998. It grossed more than $15 million in its opening weekend at the box office.

"Meet Joe Black" is loosely based on a 1934 film called...

"Death Takes a Holiday" is a 1934 film starring Fredric March, Evelyn Venable, and Guy Standing. It was based on the Italian play, "La Morte in Vacanza," by Alberto Casella.

Who plays the role of William Parrish in "Meet Joe Black"?

Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Wales. He currently resides in Malibu, California, and has dual US/UK citizenship.

How many daughters does Bill Parrish have?

Bill has two daughters, each with different personalities. His wife - their mother - has passed away.

Bill is about to celebrate his _____ birthday.

As his 65th birthday approaches, Bill does not want to make a big fuss. However, his eldest daughter plans a big party, down to every little detail. Bill is less interested.

What is the name of Bill's younger daughter?

Susan is portrayed by actress Claire Forlani. She became well-known for her leading role in "Mallrats" in the mid-90s.

What is the name of Bill's older daughter, Susan's sister?

Allison is portrayed by actress Marcia Gay Harden. She was born on August 14, 1959, in La Jolla, California.

What is Susan's occupation?

Claire Forlani was born in London, England, on December 17, 1971. She is married to actor Dougray Scott.

What is the name of Susan's boyfriend?

Drew is a board member of Bill Parrish's company. He is played by actor Jake Weber.

In the beginning of the film, Susan meets a vibrant young man at the ________.

She finds him very attractive and seems to fancy him immediately. In this scene, they pour cream and sugar in their coffees at the exact same time!

Who is Joe Black?

Susan's boyfriend Drew pushes this character until he provides a first AND last name. Joe Black has a terribly different personality than the guy whose body he "borrows."

What happened to the young man in the coffee shop?

The young man was killed by a car. Really this was "Death" taking his body, so that he could go visit with Bill Parrish.

Speaking about love, Bill tells Susan to "Stay open. Who knows? ____________."

The young man in the coffee shop says the exact phrase to Susan as well: "Lightning could strike." She finds it curious, like a sign.

Which actor plays the role of Joe Black?

Brad Pitt also plays the role of the young man in the coffee shop. Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins acted together in "Legends of the Fall," four years prior, in 1994.

What is the name of Allison's husband?

Drew often calls Quince "Quincie." Quince is played by actor Jeffrey Tambor.

Where does "Meet Joe Black" take place?

Bill takes a helicopter to his office in the city from his mansion. Susan works at a hospital in the city.

What is the name of Bill's company?

Parrish Communications is on the brink of a merger. However, Bill Parrish wants it done on his terms.

What does Death discover while in this human form?

It becomes apparent that Death (through Joe) learns what love is. He begins to show feelings, which delays his mission there with Bill.

Who does Joe Black fall in love with?

Joe falls in love with Susan, who also loves him back, but she really loves the man from the coffee shop. Bill makes sure that his daughter will always have what she found in the coffee shop.

Who conspires against Bill to help acquire Parrish Communications?

Drew convenes the board behind Bill's back. He gets them to agree to take Bill Parrish down and agree to a merger.

Why doesn't Bill Parrish want to go through with the merger of his company?

"I don't want anyone buying up my life's work! Turning it into something it wasn't meant to be." He wants his work to continue with the same sense of honor and dedication that he put into it.

Joe ventures down to the kitchen and wants to taste this particular food...

He sees one of the staff members eating peanut butter and wants to try. He licks it off of the spoon and then asks for more!

"We all know this deal is as certain as ________."

Drew says this quote. Joe repeats it, and says, "What an odd pairing." Drew seems confused.

"I want you to sing with rapture and dance like a _______."

Bill says this to Susan in her quest for love. "Dervish" is derived from Persian. A dervish is focused on the universal values of love and service.

Where does Joe go to visit Susan?

He realizes, however, that it's not a good idea to go there again. A Jamaican patient at the hospital has recognized him as Death and believes she will soon die. He speaks to her and says he's not there for her, she must stay for now.

What activity is Susan doing when Joe finds her at her father's house?

Susan is swimming and Joe walks into the pool area. She asks him to hand her a towel, then asks what he is doing there. He has a spoon in his hand from the peanut butter.

Where do Susan and Joe make love?

This is Joe's first sexual experience. Susan asks him if he loves making love to her more than peanut butter. He says, "Yes. Much more."

During Bill's birthday party, Joe is finally revealed to be...

Now the phrase "Death and Taxes" comes to life for Drew. Bill and Joe use this front to threaten Drew and regain control of his company. In front of the whole board, Drew admits defeat.

What appears in the sky at the culmination of Bill's birthday party?

There is a huge fireworks display. As everyone is watching the fireworks, Bill and Joe walk away, up over the hill, signifying Bill's death.

After Bill and Joe walk up over the hill, who comes back from the other side?

Susan tries to chase after her father and Joe, but suddenly she sees the coffee shop man coming toward her. She realizes what has happened and tells him, "I wish you could have known my father."

What song is the orchestra playing at the end of the film?

"What a Wonderful World" was originally recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1968. Armstrong's recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. The version of the song in "Meet Joe Black" is by artist Thomas Newman.

Who convinces Joe that Susan loves the man from the coffee shop and not him?

Bill becomes upset at Joe when he realizes that Joe is playing a mind game with Susan, and inevitably delaying Bill's impending death!

Toward the end of the film, Joe thanks Susan for...

Joe has a weak moment of appreciation. As he prepares to say goodbye to Susan, he thanks her for loving him and giving him a chance to experience feelings.

How does Quince know that Allison loves him?

Joe asks Quince, "How to you know Allison loves you?" Quince replies, "Because she knows the worst thing about me and it's ok." This strikes Joe, as he has not told Susan that he is really Death, so she can't possibly love him fully without knowing all of him.

At the beginning of the film... "Yes. Yes is the answer to your question." What is Bill's question?

Bill had been asking himself this question in his head "with increased regularity, at odd moments, panting through the extra game of handball, when you ran for the plan in Delhi, when you sat up in bed last night and hit the floor in the office this morning."

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