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Based on a true story, this is the tale of Josephine Monaghan, a young woman of the mid-19th century who is thrown out of her parents' home after being seduced by the family's portrait ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Josephine 'Jo' Monaghan
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Frank Badger
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Percy Corcoran
David Chung ...
Tinman Wong
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Mary Addie
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Streight Hollander
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Ruth Badger
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Henry Grey
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Beatrice Grey
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Jasper Hill
Olinda Turturro ...
Elvira
Ruth Maleczech ...
Shopkeeper
Jeffrey Andrews ...
Sam
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Mrs. Addie
Peadair S. Addie Sr. ...
Mr. Addie
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Based on a true story, this is the tale of Josephine Monaghan, a young woman of the mid-19th century who is thrown out of her parents' home after being seduced by the family's portrait photographer and giving birth to an illegitimate child. Josephine quickly learns that young, female, pretty, and alone are a bad combination for life in the wild west. In her desperation to survive, Josephine disguises herself as "Jo", a young man, and struggles to make a life for herself in a dingy frontier mining town. Can "Little Jo" live and love without revealing his/her secret? Written by Martin Lewison <lewison@pitt.edu>

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In the Wild West, a woman had only two choices. She could be a wife or she could be a whore... Josephine Monaghan chose to be a man.

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Drama | Romance | Western

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Rated R for sexuality and some violence | See all certifications »
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20 August 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Balada do Pequeno Jo  »

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$514,451 (USA)
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When Little Jo shoots his(her) first wolf, the wolf has a rope tied around his leg and it's being pulled on to make him lie down. See more »

Quotes

Tinman Wong: What kind of girl could you be somewhere else? What man would want you?. You don't have hair, half your face is destroyed with that ugly scar, you can't even make a pie.
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Far from the beaten path.
21 April 2004 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Josephine made a fatal mistake: she got pregnant from a photographer, her father throws her out, she goes west. The film shows the options for a pretty woman like Josephine, alone, with no money, at that time on the west: to be sold like merchandise, to be raped.Her choice is to disguise herself as a man, so she becomes Little Jo. Suzy Amis has a great performance as Jo, she is very pretty, the fact that she does not really look like a man is not important, she is very convincing as a human being. Throughout the film you realize how Jo is a great person, she accepts her fate and tries to do the best she can about it. Bo Hopkins is Frank Badger, her tough friend and their relationship, and also Jo's relationship with David Chung are the best things of this western.


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