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Ballad Of Little Jo

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Ballad of Little Jo

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
performer:
Suzy Amis, Bo Hopkins
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B+

Movies like this are why home video was invented. Maggie Greenwald’s frontier drama about a young woman (Amis) who lived most of her life disguised as a man sank without a trace at the box office, yet it’s the kind of tape that gets passed from friend to friend like a favorite novel. There’s a New Age vapidity lurking around the fringes, but Amis’ terse performance keeps Ballad Of Little Jo honest, and its portrait of an 1880s pioneer town in transition from muddy anarchy to awkward civilization is raw and real. An unvarnished winner. B+

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