- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 2, 2003
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: New Line Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 08/20/1993
"...Acute and provocative....The film is illuminated by [Amis's] haunting performance..."
Rolling Stone - 08/19/1993
"...Greenwald takes an invigorating feminist slant on the Old West..."
Variety - 08/30/1993
"...Suzy Amis' superlative performance dominates every frame of THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO, an earnest drama..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/10/1993
"...Amis is a wonderful actor...and works some kind of magic..."
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.
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.
Love Story |
Switching Roles |
- This was based on a true story about a woman who passed as a man; no one discovered her secret until she died.
The real reasons she made this choice are not known; the film explores one of many possibilities. Nor was she the only woman to have done this -- there are several documented cases of woman who decided to live as men during that period.
- Shot in Panavision, in Technicolor.
- Rated BBFC 15.