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 NoteA 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.
Cast & Crew
|Sir Ian McKellen|
|Declan Quinn - Cinematographer|
|Maggie Greenwald - Director|
|Keith Reamer - Editor|
|Fred Berner - Producer|
|Brenda Goodman - Producer|
|Maggie Greenwald - Screenplay|
Plot SummaryA 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.