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 »


When Jack address Kathleen at his house, he accidentally calls her by real name, Catherine. See more »


Jack Slavin: You're getting freckles.
Rose Slavin: No I've always had those.
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Thanks to the people of Souris, Eastern Kings and Charlottetown, P.E.I.. See more »


Referenced in Charlie Rose: Episode dated 22 March 2005 (2005) See more »


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A marvelous piece of acting
11 May 2005 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

My pick for male Oscar winner so far this year is Daniel Day-Lewis as an eccentric father of a precocious girl in The Ballad of Jack and Rose.

I don't think the bard suggested incest on the menu for Prospero and Miranda, but in this ballad dad and daughter alone on a remote peninsula off the East coast are not fighting just real estate developers and dad's lovers, they are dealing with incestuous feelings so subtly relayed that even our delicately Christian president might not be offended.

I have five beautiful daughters in the healthiest of relationships, but that a man alone with a bright, loving, free-spirited daughter could go to the dark side is the genius of this parable about the difficulties of living outside societal norms, which sometimes are fortunately restrictive of baser instincts.

Day-Lewis's conflicted protagonist is a marvelous piece of acting, the best of his career, and the most interesting this year.

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