Down 4,586 this week

The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack (2000)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 267 users   Metascore: 72/100
Reviews: 10 user | 20 critic | 19 from

With the help of her mother, family, friends, and fellow musicians, Aiyana Elliott reaches for her father, legendary cowboy troubadour, Ramblin' Jack Elliott. She explores who he is and how... See full summary »


0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 373 titles
created 25 Oct 2011
a list of 796 titles
created 23 Sep 2012
a list of 1896 titles
created 11 Nov 2012
a list of 3152 titles
created 28 Nov 2012
a list of 1271 titles
created 1 month ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack (2000)

The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack (2000) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack.
5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Eleanor Squillari, Bernie Madoff's secretary of 25 years, describes her devastation and shock upon learning that the biggest financial scam in U.S. history was perpetrated right under her very nose.

Directors: Derek Anderson, Victor Kubicek
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Tale of a young couple who throw caution to the wind and set out in search of their true fate. Román is the son of a contemptible, right-leaning congressman. Recently enrolled in a new high... See full summary »

Director: Gerardo Naranjo
Stars: Juan Pablo de Santiago, Maria Deschamps, Martha Claudia Moreno
Zero Bridge (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A chance encounter between a teen pickpocket and one of his victims changes his plans to escape his dreary life.

Director: Tariq Tapa
Stars: Mohamad Imran Tapa, Taniya Khan, Ali Mohammad Dar
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

You See Me Laughin' is a personal journey into the lives and music of the last of the hill country bluesmen who've kept their music alive on the back porches and in the tiny juke joints of the Mississippi backwoods.

Director: Mandy Stein
Stars: R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Cedell Davis
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Ross Perry
Stars: Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss
Miss Bala (2011)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang's bidding.

Director: Gerardo Naranjo
Stars: Stephanie Sigman, Irene Azuela, Jose Yenque

A roadie travels across North America with a punk band during the 1980s.

Director: Gerardo Naranjo
Stars: Dakota Fanning, Evan Rachel Wood, Jon Bernthal


Credited cast:
Himself (as Ramblin' Jack Elliott)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gil Gross ...
Harold Leventhal ...
Alan Lomax ...
Victor Maymudes ...
Odetta ...
June Shelley ...
Dave Van Ronk ...


With the help of her mother, family, friends, and fellow musicians, Aiyana Elliott reaches for her father, legendary cowboy troubadour, Ramblin' Jack Elliott. She explores who he is and how he got there, working back and forth between archival and contemporary footage. Born in 1932 in Brooklyn, busking through the South and West in the early 50s, a year with Woody Guthrie, six years flatpicking in Europe, a triumphant return to Greenwich Village in the early 60s, mentoring Bob Dylan, then life on the road, from gig to gig, singing and telling stories. A Grammy and the National Medal of Arts await Jack near the end of a long trail. What will Aiyana find for herself? Written by <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A daughter travels down the road of the father's legend See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief language and some drug content | See all certifications »


Official Sites:



Release Date:

26 January 2000 (USA)  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,776 (USA) (18 August 2000)


$221,893 (USA) (1 June 2001)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


Referenced in Eulogy (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Top-Notch Musical Biography
29 September 2000 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

One of the most entertaining and informative documentaries to come around in a long while, "The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack" is also one of the most moving. An important episode of American musical history is beautifully detailed in this extraordinarily well-produced work, and no one with a serious interest in the development of popular music in the 20th century should miss it.

Ramblin' Jack Elliott, born Elliott Adnopoz, is perhaps THE pivotal figure in the popularization of authentic American folk music. He formed a kind of link between the accomplishments of Woody Guthrie and those of Bob Dylan and his followers. Long before Dylan's famous pilgrimage to New York and the bedside of the terminally ill Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack had formed a close friendship and musical alliance with the great balladeer. Elliott's dedication to the preservation of the Guthrie legacy kept the music alive through recordings and live performances around the country. He was undoubtedly one of the greatest guardians of the folk tradition, performing authentic material, the works of Guthrie, and some original songs in an unadorned style, but with more personality than, say, Pete Seeger. In the thriving folk music scene of the late 1950s and early 1960s, Elliott was a cult figure whose every appearance was noteworthy. Then, somewhere in the mid-sixties, the rise of Dylan so overshadowed Elliott and others in the field, that he has been virtually forgotten by all but music historians.

As the film progresses, it seems impossible to avoid a growing respect for Elliott's contribution and talent. His voice, like Guthrie's and Dylan's, does not adhere to conventional ideals of beauty, but it has a definite appeal. A superb singer, Elliott's uncomplicated and always musical performances are models of their kind. His rise as a truly gifted figure, imitated by many (including Dylan, as the film clearly demonstrates) is powerfully contrasted with a descent into near oblivion. The documentary gives both high and low points their due. Included are interview excerpts with Elliott associates such as Pete Seeger, Dave van Ronk, Kris Kristofferson, Arlo Guthrie, and two of the singer's three ex-wives.

Ramblin' Jack's daughter, Aiyana Elliott, has put together an immensely successful documentation of her father's life and career. We see footage from childhood play in the 1930s through the singer's ascent into the folk music hierarchy: recording contracts, continuous live dates, friendships with Seeger and Dylan, network television appearances. Artfully interspersed with the career narrative is the tale of Elliott's personal life, or what anyone can know of that life, so that this film is both an artist's biography and a daughter's search for the man her father really is. If the musical life is fascinatingly detailed, the fragmented relationship between parent and child is treated with only a bit less scrutiny. The viewer comes away with an understanding of an important career and period, and with a strong awareness of the humans who lived it.

This is a top-notch musical bio-documentary, and a must-see for American music fans.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page