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PG-13| 1 hr. 52 min.

Plot Summary
"The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack" is an extraordinary and remarkably humorous portrait of American folk music legend Ramblin' Jack Elliott. From his unlikely roots as the son of a Jewish doctor in Brooklyn, to his ongoing wanderings as the last of the singing cowboys, Ramblin' Jack has packed so many adventures into his 68 years that he seems more myth than man. He ran away to the rodeo at the age of fifteen, traveled and sang with Woody Guthrie, and became friend and mentor to a young Bob Dylan.

Cast: Jack Elliott , Gil Gross , Arlo Guthrie , Kris Kristofferson , Harold Leventhal , Alan Lomax , Victor Maymudes , Odetta

Director: Aiyana Elliott

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Lot 47 Films

The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack (2000)

Release Date: August 18th, 2000|1 hr. 52 min.

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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Ends up musing perceptively on the American dream of wanderlust and its unintended consequences. show more

  • 75
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    What gives the story added insight - and detracts from it - is the personal quest of the filmmaker who bears the scars of having an itinerant rogue who was never around as a father. show more

  • 88
    John Petrakis Chicago Tribune

    The beauty of The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack lies in its ability to transform itself into a sad tale of loss, regret and missed opportunities while it also remains a solid documentary about a once-influential artist seeking his place in the sun. show more

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