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The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)

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

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Cast

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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-nineteenth century who is thrown out of her parents' home after being seduced by the family's portrait photographer and giving birth to his 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 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)  »

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A Balada do Pequeno Jo  »

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$514,451 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Eryn L. Bent. See more »

Goofs

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

Shopkeeper: It's against the law to dress improper to your own sex.
Little Jo Monaghan: Yes, ma'am.
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Wonderful, Breathtaking
21 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is an incredible movie. It is one of the most visually beautiful films I have ever seen. The landscape is so gorgeous -- snowy mountains, vast plains, rolling hills -- just incredible. The story is very interesting. It is based on the true tale of a woman who went out west in the 1800s, and dressed and passed as a man. This film explores issues of sexism, racism, belonging, individuality, and isolation. I recommend it highly.


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