6.8/10
1,250
23 user 15 critic

The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)

Trailer
2:01 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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

Director:

Reviews
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A female parole officer discovers a secret death row prison under a meat plant, that's being run by the plant's unhinged vigilante owner and his reverend friend. A politician with a shady past becomes its latest "guest". But is he guilty?

Director: Sam Irvin
Stars: Rod Steiger, Lauren Hutton, Heather Graham
Don't Do It (1994)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

The secret longings of three young, hip L.A. couples provides the impetus of the conversations in lightweight drama which focuses upon the issue of commitment. One member of each couple, ... See full summary »

Director: Gene Hess
Stars: James Le Gros, Heather Graham, Esai Morales
Desert Winds (1994)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Jackie and Eugene are joined by a mystical wind tunnel which enables them to speak across a 500-mile desert. Believed by the Indians to be an omen of good luck, the wind inspires both ... See full summary »

Director: Michael A. Nickles
Stars: Adam Ant, Heather Graham, Jessica Hamilton
Léolo (1992)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Young Leo Lauzon is torn between two worlds - the squalid Montreal tenement that he inhabits with his severely dysfunctional (and largely insane) family, and the imaginative world that he ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Claude Lauzon
Stars: Maxime Collin, Ginette Reno, Gilbert Sicotte
Cadence (1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Charlie Sheen plays a rebellious inmate in an Army stockade.

Director: Martin Sheen
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Jay Brazeau
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This WW2 psychological drama plays out at Christmas. US GIs hold an isolated cabin in the Ardennes against a handful of Germans cut off from their main force. Combat-weary and short of rations, both sides are determined to survive.

Director: Keith Gordon
Stars: Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon, Arye Gross
Terrified (1995)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

Traumatized after witnessing her jealous husband kill her adulterous lover and then himself, an unbalanced, nymphomaniac young woman finds herself stalked by an unknown assailant, but she cannot make anyone believe her desperate situation.

Director: James Merendino
Stars: Heather Graham, Lisa Zane, Paul Herman
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other.

Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Tamlyn Tomita, Rosalind Chao, Kieu Chinh
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Residents of a friendly Pennsylvania town foil three brothers' plan to rob a bank on Christmas Eve.

Director: George Gallo
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey
The Kill-Off (1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Business at The Pavilion bar is down so Pete and Rags decide that the best way to get The Pavilion off the skids is to turn it into a strip joint.

Director: Maggie Greenwald
Stars: Loretta Gross, Andrew Lee Barrett, Jackson Sims
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Josephine 'Jo' Monaghan
... Frank Badger
... Percy Corcoran
... Tinman Wong
... Mary Addie
... Streight Hollander
... Ruth Badger
... Henry Grey
... Beatrice Grey
... Jasper Hill
Olinda Turturro ... Elvira
... Shopkeeper
Jeffrey Andrews ... Sam
... Mrs. Addie
Peadair S. Addie Sr. ... Mr. Addie
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 August 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Balada do Pequeno Jo  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,773, 22 August 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$543,091

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$565,530
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Jenny Lynch. 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.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
underrated
27 October 2005 | by See 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.


14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page