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The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)

R  |   |  Drama  |  8 April 2005 (USA)
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A father and daughter isolated on an island off the East Coast and living on a once thriving commune grapple with the limits of family and sexuality.



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Jack lives on the site of his abandoned island commune with his 16-year-old daughter Rose. Jack has sheltered Rose from the influences of the outside world, but now Rose's emerging womanhood poses troubling questions about the days ahead. A man who has lived a life motivated by environmentalism and other altruistic causes, Jack now rages at those who do not share his concerns, like developer Marty Rance, who is building a housing tract on the edge of his property. When Jack invites his girlfriend Kathleen and her sons Rodney and Thaddius to live with them, Rose feels betrayed and the situation quickly becomes precarious. Rose acts out wildly, creating chaos. As everything flies out of control, Jack finds himself trapped in an impossible place and is forced to take action. Written by Christine Richardson

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rose and the Snake  »

Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$59,459 (USA) (25 March 2005)


$712,294 (USA) (17 June 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Daniel Day-Lewis took the role as his wife, Rebecca Miller, was the writer and director. In preparation for the role he spent as much time as he could away from her. See more »


Although this movie takes place in the United States, when jack and rose go to the main land a Canadian Tire store is visible from their car. See more »


Rose Slavin: I took care of things!
Jack Slavin: No, *we* took care of things. Now I'm sick.
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Thanks to the people of Souris, Eastern Kings and Charlottetown, P.E.I.. See more »


References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »


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Surprising and wonderful
28 May 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

After not seeing much from Daniel Day-Lewis for a while, I was excited to see this film, though I was afraid it may not live up to what we expect from him. It was far better than I could have hoped, due not only to a terrific cast, but Rebecca Miller's writing and directing. The moments of humour ring with truth, and the characters have been developed so well, you feel voyeuristic. Daniel Day-Lewis is, as always, brilliant. The internal struggles his character goes through are poignant and completely believable. In fact, all of the characters in this story are a wonderfully realistic blend of black and white - all have virtues and all are flawed. Very thought-provoking and evocative. Visually beautiful, as well. This is a very underrated film and deserves far more recognition than it seems to have received.

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