Ballad of Little Jo

Directed By: Maggie Greenwald Starring: Suzy Amis

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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.


Studio Turner Home Entertainment
SKU 40224740
UPC 794043636820
UPC 14 00794043636820
Format DVD
Release Date 3/29/2005
Rating Rating
Love Story
Switching Roles
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.^
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
Variety "...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
Maggie Greenwald
Suzy Amis
Cast & Crew
Bo Hopkins - Actor
David Chung - Actor
Heather Graham - Actor
Sam Robards - Actor
Sir Ian McKellen - Actor
Suzy Amis - Actor
Declan Quinn - Cinematographer
Maggie Greenwald - Director
Keith Reamer - Editor
Fred Berner - Producer
Brenda Goodman - Producer
Maggie Greenwald - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1993
Catalog ID 6368
UPC 00794043636820
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 124 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review 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.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
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