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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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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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Jack Slavin: You're getting freckles.
Rose Slavin: No I've always had those.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the people of Souris, Eastern Kings and Charlottetown, P.E.I.. See more »


References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »


One More Cup of Coffee
Written and Performed by Bob Dylan
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By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A powerful and affecting film.
27 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a powerful and affecting film. I have a few quibbles about Ms. Miller's use of the camera and her editing, especially in the beginning as there were too many jerky cuts/unnecessary camera movements which were quite distracting. Thankfully they diminished as the film progressed.

Camilla Belle's as Rose performance was surprisingly nuanced and rich for such a young actress, she didn't have one false note and was totally believable as this "feral," innocent, yet disturbed teen. All the supporting actors were excellent, the characterizations and dialogue engaging and true and the emotional unraveling harrowing.

Day-Lewis' performance as Jack Slavin was outstanding. It hits you with such power that it left me flattened. While the credits ran I had to close my gaping jaw, peel myself off the movie chair and stumble up the aisle trying to absorb it all. Moment by moment he communicated paragraphs of information about Jack's multi-layered internal complexities with complete mastery and subtlety. The man's our finest film actor, period.

This movie has an original voice, it doesn't pander and despite some visual clichés, it follows its own unique internal logic. Definitely worth seeing, especially for the performances of Day-Lewis and Camilla Belle.

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