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The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)

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After being thrown out of her home, a young woman decides to disguise herself as a man to survive the ruthless Wild West.

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Maggie Greenwald
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzy Amis ... Josephine 'Jo' Monaghan
Bo Hopkins ... Frank Badger
Ian McKellen ... Percy Corcoran
David Chung ... Tinman Wong
Heather Graham ... Mary Addie
Rene Auberjonois ... Streight Hollander
Carrie Snodgress ... Ruth Badger
Anthony Heald ... Henry Grey
Melissa Leo ... Beatrice Grey
Sam Robards ... Jasper Hill
Olinda Turturro Olinda Turturro ... Elvira
Ruth Maleczech ... Shopkeeper
Jeffrey Andrews Jeffrey Andrews ... Sam
Cathy Haase ... Mrs. Addie
Peadair S. Addie Sr. Peadair S. Addie Sr. ... Mr. Addie
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Balada do Pequeno Jo See more »

Filming Locations:

Carbon County, Montana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,773, 22 August 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$543,091

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$565,530
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Theatrical movie debut of Vince O'Neil (Amos Monaghan). 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

Shopkeeper: It's against the law to dress improper to your own sex.
Little Jo Monaghan: Yes, ma'am.
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underrated
27 October 2005 | by KyleFurr2See all my reviews

This is a great western that is hardly even known. It's directed by Maggie Greenwald and stars Suzy Amis as a woman in a rich family who is kicked out after she has a kid out of wedlock and she decides to go west. Amis knows she isn't going to survive as a woman because on the first night she is almost raped by two soldiers and barely escapes. So Amis decides to dress as a man and then makes a big cut on her face so it will leave a scar. Amis winds up staying in a mining town and the people believe she's man. Ian McKellen is a man who takes Amis in and shows her the ropes but he can get pretty violent when he's drunk. Amis doesn't stay with him long and winds up buying a place away from town so she can have her privacy. It's a great movie and i can't see why it isn't more well known.


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