The Ballad of Little Jo

In the Wild West, a woman had only two choices. She could be a wife or she could be a whore... Josep
The Ballad of Little Jo
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1993
  • Label: New Line Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Snap Case

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , &
Performer: , , , &
Directed by

Entertainment Reviews:

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..."

Product Description:

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 Synopsis:

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.

Plot Keywords:

Love Story | Outlaws | Switching Roles | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • 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.

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  • UPC: 794043636820
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