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The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (2001)

The adventures of a family who head west to the California gold fields in the 1850s.



(novel), (teleplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Arvella Whipple
... California Morning 'Lucy' Whipple
... Jonas Scatter
... Amos 'Rattlesnake Jake' Frogge (as Meat Loaf Aday)
... Sophie
... Annie Flagg
... Joshua 'Carrots' Beale
... Buck McPhee
... Butte Whipple
Andy Garrison ... Jimmy Whiskers
... Deputy Sheriff Ambrose Scraggs
... Clyde Claymore
Dalin Christiansen ... Linus Flagg
Neblis Francois ... Bernard
Charles Grueber ... Papa (as Charles Cruber)


When her widowed mother decides to move the family from New England to California during the Gold Rush, teenager California Morning Whipple is furious. She misses her New England home, even though her mother and younger siblings are happy in their new home and life. Not wanting anything to do with California, she renames herself Lucy. But over time "Lucy" begins to think of California as her home. Written by Rebecca <Rebecca191@aol.com>

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While the world headed West for gold, one family came for adventure.


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18 February 2001 (USA)  »

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California Gold  »

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Early in the film, empty tin cans were shown littering the creekside, indicative of how the gold-rush miners littered the gold fields. But the cans depicted were modern tin cans, not the type of cans used in the mid-1800s when this story took place. Among other differences, the cans of that period would still have had their lids soldered on by hand, which means they couldn't be opened neatly like modern cans, making for a rough or jagged appearance to the lid when opened. The cans depicted were modern ones, with neatly opened lids as if done by a modern can opener. See more »

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The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
7 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

My queen Jena Malone always delivers in her acting and will never falter in her performances. She'll keep up with the big names in this movie. You can see immediately when the camera's on her, her facial expression that speaks in volumes. Jena is besides all that a multitasking girl and that's why i admire her so much like her free-styling music band named The Shoe. Jena Malone is also an artistic photographer and poet on a high level and writes beautiful lyrics for her music. Her poems she writes are beautiful and thorough. Like i said about The Shoe, Jena is the front-singer of the band and Lem Jay Ignacio the keyboard player. Their shows are authentic, original and unconventional. All in all Jena Malone is a very special girl and there's no one like her.

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