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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 overview, first billed only:
Suzy Amis ... 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 ... Mrs. 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.

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Drama | Romance | Western

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

Theatrical movie debut of Joe Freed (Older Russian Boy). 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

Tinman Wong: Who is this society?
Little Jo Monaghan: Me. Can you imagine?
Tinman Wong: I like you much better as your are.
Little Jo Monaghan: Why?
Tinman Wong: This white girl would never do this to me.
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Woman of courage.
29 December 2001 | by cmykleftySee all my reviews

I remember watching Suzy Amis in The Usual Suspects and several other films. She is perfectly casted in the main part of the picture. An outcast by her Eastern family she tries to live out West. Facing hardships going West, she buy men's clothes and live in a mining town as a man. One of the best portrayal in a movie with a woman standing her ground.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ballad of Little 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

Gross USA:

$543,091

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$543,091
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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