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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.

Director:

Rebecca Miller

Writer:

Rebecca Miller
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Camilla Belle ... Rose Slavin
Daniel Day-Lewis ... Jack Slavin
Catherine Keener ... Kathleen
Ryan McDonald ... Rodney
Paul Dano ... Thaddius
Jason Lee ... Gray
Jena Malone ... Red Berry
Beau Bridges ... Marty Rance
Susanna Thompson ... Miriam Rance
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Storyline

1986. Jack Slavin, an engineer by trade, and his mid-teen daughter Rose Slavin live in virtual isolation on what was once a commune that Jack and a group of others built in 1968 on sparsely populated Marsh Island off the U.S. east coast. Rose's mother abandoned them when Rose was five. Jack has passed to Rose a sense of ecological preservation, placing them at odds with Marty Rance, who is building a housing complex on the island on a wetlands. They are able to live this life on the commune property in their ecological bliss due to a sizable inheritance, Jack who will occasionally take out his checkbook in order to solve whatever problem he may be facing. Jack also took Rose out of school when she was eleven as he didn't believe in what the traditional school system was teaching. Their quiet life together is threatened by the fact that Jack has a heart condition which will probably kill him sooner than later. Wanting to ensure that Rose is taken care of after his passing, Jack makes ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rose and the Snake See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,459, 27 March 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$712,294, 19 June 2005
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

During filming Daniel Day-Lewis arranged to live separately from his wife to achieve the "isolation" needed to focus on his own character's reality. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Jack Slavin: What are you thinking about?
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Soundtracks

I Put a Spell on You
(1956)
Written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins (as Jay Hawkins)
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Courtesy of Fantasy, Inc.
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Surprising and wonderful
28 May 2006 | by andimacmillanSee all my reviews

After not seeing much from Daniel Day-Lewis for a while, I was excited to see this film, though I was afraid it may not live up to what we expect from him. It was far better than I could have hoped, due not only to a terrific cast, but Rebecca Miller's writing and directing. The moments of humour ring with truth, and the characters have been developed so well, you feel voyeuristic. Daniel Day-Lewis is, as always, brilliant. The internal struggles his character goes through are poignant and completely believable. In fact, all of the characters in this story are a wonderfully realistic blend of black and white - all have virtues and all are flawed. Very thought-provoking and evocative. Visually beautiful, as well. This is a very underrated film and deserves far more recognition than it seems to have received.


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