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Monday Movie Madness: Ballad of Little Jo

Hello, Posse!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Not much to report here right now. Still working on Part 6, Into the West: Last Showdown. I'm thinking about sharing another Sneak Peek this Wednesday. So be sure to check back for that this week. But for right now, how about we just get straight to our movie and then I will get back to finishing the next book.

Today's movie is The Ballad of Little Jo. This is an American Western that was released in 1993. The film was written and directed by Maggie Greenwald and was inspired by true events. The film stars Suzy Amis, Bo Hopkins, Ian McKellen, David Chung, Heather Graham, Carrie Snodgress and Melissa Leo.

The film was nominated for Best Female Lead (Amis) and Best Supporting Male (Chung) by the Independent Spirit Awards in 1994. The movie had a budget of 4 million dollars and earned a little over $500,000 at the box office. Despite the poor box office showing, this movie delivers some stellar performances by some amazing actors and is worth seeing.

The story follows Josephine (Amis) who is a woman disowned by her upper class family for becoming pregnant outside of wedlock. With no financial resources of her own, she gives up custody of her baby and heads west to start a new life.

Josephine finds the Wild West to be even more treacherous than she suspected. Josephine is in constant fear for her life. For her own safety, Josephine decides to disguise herself as a man and becomes Jo. Jo settles in a small town where she takes a job working for Frank Badger (Hopkins) as a sheepherder. Jo is able to hide the truth of who she is until she is forced to share her living quarters with Tinman Wong (Chung). The relationships Jo forges are at the heart of this intriguing saga.

Movi Snack Recipe

With Jo working as a sheepherder, what better snack could we have than one using a good sheep cheese as the base for the recipe. Marion's Kochbuch has a wonderful Sheep Cheese in Bacon Coat Antipasti recipe.

If you are not fond of sheep cheese you can always switch it up for a good mozzarella. No matter what cheese you use for this, it will be a quick tasty snack I am sure everyone will enjoy.

Great Westerns

Just like todays movie, many of the elements I use for my books are from actual event in my own family history and those of close personal friends. If you haven't already, why not read my Into the West Saga Serial Collection (<---click to view books). Parts one through five are available now on and I'm currently writing part six for a planned September release and part seven, the final book in this serial, is slated for a Christmas release (cross your fingers).

Now you know what time it is, posse! It's time to grab your snacks and settle in for another great western movie!



The Balla of Little Jo Trailer (1993)

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