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Director: Maggie Greenwald     Starring: Suzy Amis
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40224740
UPC: 794043636820
UPC 14: 00794043636820
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.
Based on a true story, this is the tale of josephine monaghan, a young woman of the mid-19th century who is thrown out of her parents' home after giving birth to an illegitimate child. In her desperation to survive, josephine disguises herself as 'jo', a young man and struggles to make a life for herself.
Editor's Note
A woman disguises herself as a man in order to make it in the rough-and-tumble Old West. When she falls in love with a man, she must risk her life if she is to reveal her secret.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Turner Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/29/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 124 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1993
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 6368
Video UPC UPC: 00794043636820
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Bo Hopkins
Video Cast Info David Chung
Video Cast Info Heather Graham
Video Cast Info Sam Robards
Video Cast Info Sir Ian McKellen
Video Cast Info Suzy Amis
Video Cast Info Declan Quinn - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Maggie Greenwald - Director
Video Cast Info Keith Reamer - Editor
Video Cast Info Fred Berner - Producer
Video Cast Info Brenda Goodman - Producer
Video Cast Info Maggie Greenwald - Screenplay
Plot Summary
A feminist western based on a true story.| In the 1800's, Josephine Monaghan, a young woman from a wealthy Eastern family, finds herself pregnant and unwed. Disowned by her parents, and without a home, Jo deposits her child with her sister and heads westward.| Almost immediately she discovers the many dangers the newly settled frontier holds for an unaccompanied female. In desperation, Jo makes a risky -- and illegal -- decision: she shears her hair, scars her face and puts on trousers... becoming, in the eyes of the world, a man.

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Acute and provocative....The film is illuminated by [Amis's] haunting performance..." 08/20/1993 p.C10

Rolling Stone
"...Greenwald takes an invigorating feminist slant on the Old West..." 08/19/1993 p.83

"...Suzy Amis' superlative performance dominates every frame of THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO, an earnest drama..." 08/30/1993

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Amis is a wonderful actor...and works some kind of magic..." 09/10/1993 p.42

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
If you like films about the "new Old West", The Ballad of Little Jo is a worthwhile choice. Even for those who aren't particularly fond of Westerns, this movie still has a lot to offer. Keeping the conventions of the genre to a minimum, it strikes out in bolder directions, reflecting personalities and lifestyles through the eyes of a woman whom everyone accepts as a man. The Ballad of Little Jo loses its focus on a number of occasions, but never for very long, and never in a manner that jeopardizes the viewer's overall enjoyment of Maggie Greenwald's film. - James Berardinelli

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