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Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

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Musician Cat Power narrates this documentary on Janis Joplin's evolution into a star from letters that Joplin wrote over the years to her friends, family, and collaborators.


Amy Berg (as Amy J. Berg)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janis Joplin ... Herself (archive footage)
Cat Power ... Janis Joplin (voice) (as Chan Marshall)
Karleen Bennett Karleen Bennett ... Herself - Janis Joplin's Childhood Friend
Laura Joplin Laura Joplin ... Herself - Janis Joplin's Sister
Michael Joplin Michael Joplin ... Himself - Janis Joplin's Brother
J. Dave Moriaty J. Dave Moriaty ... Himself - Janis Joplin's Schoolfriend
Jack Smith Jack Smith ... Himself - Janis Joplin's Schoolfriend
Powell St. John ... Himself
Jae Whitaker ... Herself
Travis Rivers Travis Rivers ... Himself
Dave Getz Dave Getz ... Himself
Sam Andrew ... Himself
David Dalton David Dalton ... Himself - Founding Editor of Rolling Stone Magazine
Bob Weir ... Himself
Otis Redding ... Himself (archive footage)


Musician Cat Power narrates this documentary on Janis Joplin's evolution into a star from letters that Joplin wrote over the years to her friends, family, and collaborators.

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]





Release Date:

15 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Janis See more »

Filming Locations:

Port Arthur, Texas, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,024, 29 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$410,465, 22 May 2016
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Technical Specs



Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Joplin the entertainer.
30 March 2016 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

My favourite music has always been from the 60's and 70's but because she hardly dented the charts here I know comparatively little about Janis Joplin. I must say too that her music doesn't appeal very much to me either, her blues-wailing vocal-style affecting me rather like chalk on blackboard. And yet this was still a fascinating biography of her short life and watching it I couldn't help but think of another young woman who quickly got to the top but once there couldn't handle the pressures and died a lonely death in a haze of drink and drugs, also the subject of a recent documentary biography, I'm speaking of Amy Winehouse of course.

Coloured by archive footage of TV interviews, live performances and many candid home-movies of the time, her brief life span is covered from back to front as she lives out the classic rags-to-riches, success-to-excess route of so many in the music business before she checked into the infamous "27" club, also peopled by Brian Jones Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and indeed Amy Winehouse among many others.

What emerges here is a woman who only ever seemed at home either cutting records or performing live. Away from the stage and studio, however she was insecure about her looks, sensitive of small-town criticism from where she grew up in the American South and always looking out for the dream man who would help her settle down and beat her spiralling drink and drugs habits.

By the end of this engrossing film, I still didn't like her music but certainly better knew, understood and yes, liked the woman behind the music.

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