Trivia for Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
The lamp that Joe brings into his office displays the future events in the movie, including the yacht, a volcano (with the same twisting road), a large full moon, and plays the film's theme song, "Marooned Without You".
Joseph Banks was the name of Captain Cook's chief botanist on his expeditions to the South Pacific in the 18th century.
The books that Joe shows to Mr. Waturi describe the plot of the film: "Romeo and Juliet", "Robinson Crusoe", and "The Odyssey".
When Joe and DeDe leave the restaurant, there is a billboard on the left with a picture of an erupting volcano and the words "Fire in Paradise".
There are at least four references to losing one's soul: - in the song "Sixteen Tons" played at the start of the movie, the lyric "I sold my soul to the company store" - Joe responds to DeDe's question in the factory while inspecting his damaged shoe - Patricia's reference to being soul sick the first night on the yacht - several lines involving the Waponi's Tobi Chief such as when Joe states that he hopes the chief will not lose his Tobi (soul).
The mask worn by the Waponi who is representing the evil spirit resembles the factory where Joe used to work.
The cab seen taking Joe's steamer trunks to the sailboat belongs to Hawaii Congressman Neil Abercrombie who is famous for driving a refurbished plantation-era taxi. The graphic on the side of cab is that of the congressman - and is a small nod to the island residents of Hawaii where some of the movie was filmed.
The song the Mexican restaurant band plays is a Spanish language version of "On the Street Where You Live" from My Fair Lady (1964).
Writer's (John Patrick Shanley) trademark: full moon.
Writer's (John Patrick Shanley) trademark: one lover telling the other not to leave them 'in the stinkin' earth without them'.
"Joe's Lullaby" (a.k.a the lamp theme) is inspired by the tune "Love's Roundabout" (La Ronde de l'Amour), written by Louis Ducreux and Oscar Straus.
The company logo is seen in the entrance to the factory, in the crumbling wall in Joe's house, in the shape of the lightning bolt that sinks the boat, in the way up to the volcano, and, in the film's trailer (included on the DVD) is the lightning bolt that travels up the film's title and strikes the top.
When Joe operates the main drain valve, he is closing it.
At the end, Joe refers to the "crooked road" he traveled. He walked the crooked sidewalk to the factory, drove the crooked road from the airport, then walked the final crooked path to the top of the volcano, all of which were in the same lightning bolt shape.
The scene where Joe goes shopping (supposedly in New York City) was actually filmed on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. You can see the familiar Gucci sign.
When Joe enters the factory turnstile (view from the back), the man next in line bars is not the same man behind him when Joe gets hit by the turnstile (view from the front). This might be deliberate on the part of the film makers. When he walks through the parking lot, most of the people around him are dressed as blue-collar workers (open collars and jackets). When he enters the gate, most of the people behind him are white collar workers (jacket and tie under overcoat).