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Release Date: August 18th, 2000

DVD Release Date: May 8th, 2001

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

Production Co: Plantain Films, Crawford Communications, Journeyman Pictures

Keywords: Quest, 2000s, Father, Mother, Family, Emotional, Investigation

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Hovers intriguingly between homage and revenge. show more

  • 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.

  • 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.

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