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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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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. ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

A Balada do Pequeno Jo  »

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$514,451 (USA)
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Film debut of Jenny Lynch. See more »

Goofs

When Jo pulls the money out of the pouch in the general store, the way she holds the money and pouch changes in the next shot. 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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A western woman
11 August 1999 | by (East Coast US) – See all my reviews

I remember reading the review in the paper, and thinking that the movie might be worth seeing the one time. I rented it and loved and then once I got my video collection up and running, it was one of the first movies I bought. Suzy Amis is outstanding as Jo and does an excellent job at first portraying the out of her element woman, and gradually over the film does a fine job of conveying the woman who lives a hard life as a man.


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