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"So, you guys like to tell jokes, huh? Gigglin' and laughin' like a bunch of young broads sittin' in a schoolyard. Well, let me tell a joke. Five guys, sittin' in a bullpen, in San Quentin. All wondering how the fuck they got there. What should we have done, what didn't we do, who's fault is it, is it my fault, your fault, his fault, all that bullshit. Then one of them says, hey. Wait a minute. When we were planning this caper, all we did was sit around tellin' fuckin' jokes! Get the message? Boys, I don't mean to holler at ya. When this caper's over - and I'm sure it'll be a successful one - we'll get down to the Hawaiian Islands, hell, I'll roll and laugh with all of ya. You'll find me a different character down there. Right now, it's a matter of business." ― Joe Cabot[source]

Joseph "Joe" Cabot was the main antagonist in Quentin Tarantino's 1992 directorial debut film, Reservoir Dogs. He was a criminal mastermind and crime boss that specialized in armed robberies, hijackings, and moving and selling stolen property. Joe putted together "jobs", along with his son "Nice Guy" Eddie Cabot, by recruiting different career criminals and planning out the details of each robbery.

He was portrayed by the late Lawrence Tierney.



All that was known about Joe Cabot is that in his earlier years, he was himself a gangster who did the kinds of jobs that he organized. He was long-time friends with Mr. White and Mr. Blonde. Mr. Pink knew him since Pink was a kid.

Planning the heist

When he organized a heist on a shipment of diamonds that just arrived at a jeweler's, his first choice was Mr. White. He succeeds into recruiting him. He then recruits Mr. Blonde when he comes to visit Joe and his son since his four-year imprisonment in jail. Later at a meeting about explaining the diamond heist, he gives his men except for Eddie their coloured-code alias, in which an brief argument begans between him and Mr. Pink (because Mr. Pink questions him about his color in his alias).


At the diner, as Mr. Brown is talking about Madonna's "Like a Virgin", Joe writes certain people's names in an adress book. Mr. White then takes this away from Joe and mocks him. Joe is annoyed and goes to the restroom. When he comes back, he realizes that Mr. Pink didn't tip. He orders Pink to do so before the men leaves for the heist.

The Heist

When the heist becomes botched and awry, Eddie informs his father about the heist, which Joe is "pissed" about.

Mexican Standoff and Death

After the heist went totally wrong, his reaction was described as "pissed" by his son. He was initially thought by Mr. Pink to have set them up with the cops. To which Mr. White angrily dismissed. Joe doesn't enter the warehouse until the end of the film, which cops nearby were waiting for him so they can then make their move. Joe's instincts told him that Mr. Orange was working for the LAPD, and was about to shoot him until Mr. White pulled a gun on him. Mr. White explained that it couldn't have been Orange who set them up, because he knew him. Nice Guy Eddie then pulled a gun on White, demanding that he lower the gun from his dad, turning the argument into a Mexican standoff. However, Joe shot Mr. Orange anyway. Causing Mr. White to open fire on Joe, killing him. White was then shot by Eddie, who was shot and killed by White as he fell to the ground.

Other appearances

Joe appears as a non-playable character in the 2006 video game adaptation. His only appearance during the gameplay is part of a training segment set within the warehouse, in which the players take control of Mr. Orange in order to help acquaint themselves with the controls. Joe's appearances following this and recreations of scenes from the movie, in which his death is recreated following the Mexican standoff with Mr. White.