PAUSE IT: What do you see? Peter Boyle pictured here as the titular lead, Joe, in the midst of a phone conversation. There is a mood of paranoia and unease as the shot is framed at a remove with use of a long (telephoto) lens. For this antihero character study of a reactionary and his vigilante sense of justice, director John G. Avildsen would act as his own cinematographer. Here, he skillfully surveils his subject from afar, framing the action to perfectly capture the tension as it ratchets up and threatens to go off the rails.    

Director: John G. Avildsen
Cast:  Peter Boyle, Dennis Patrick, Susan Sarandon
Cinematography by: John G. Avildsen
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