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Earl Coates
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Tully Coates Jr.
Bob Burrus ...
Tully Russell Coates Sr.
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Ella Smalley
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Wendy Adams
Joe Smalley ...
Brad
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Clarence Heiting
Aaron Zavitz ...
Chuck
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April Reece
Vivek Kumar ...
Essa
John Durbin ...
Marshall
V. Craig Heidenreich ...
Burt Hodges
Natalie Canerday ...
Claire
Kathryn Gayner ...
Irene Duffy (photos)
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Tully Coates, Jr., with his good looks and chiseled body, is the local heartthrob, and while he has a new girlfriend virtually every night, he's incapable of getting close to anyone. His younger brother Earl, the shy and sensitive type, frequents the local revival house. The only common bond between these disparate siblings is Ella Smalley, an intelligent and even-tempered young woman who returns to their Nebraska hometown to intern at a local veterinarian's clinic. Meanwhile, their father, Tully, Sr., a rancher who gets by with the help of his two sons, carries a brooding sadness, a hint of past wounds too long in healing. The family dynamic is changed forever when several secrets surface. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated R for language and some sexual content
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14 April 2000 (USA)  »

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The Truth About Tully  »

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$21,162 (USA) (1 November 2002)

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$433,264 (USA) (28 March 2003)
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It was originally titled "The Truth About Tully" but was changed when Jonathan Demme's The Truth About Charlie (2002) was announced to be released around the same time. See more »

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When Tully goes to see Ella at the swimming hole, the towel he holds shifts positions between shots. See more »

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Tully: You know what? Why don't you just go fuck yourself?
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Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

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Indie sleeper gem; one of the year's best films.
22 November 2002 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

TULLY (2002) **** Anson Mount, Julianne Nicholson, Glenn Fitzgerald, Catherine Kellner, Bob Borrus, Natalie Canerday, John Diehl, V. Craig Hedenreich. Novice filmmaker Hilary Birmingham (who co-wrote the screenplay with Matt Drake, adapting a short story by Tom McNeal) beautifully captures the visage of rural small-town America(na) in contemporary tones in this wonderfully modulated tale about a middle-aged farmer (Borrus, a truly amazing low-key yet ultimately heartbreaking performance as a man who has sacrificed so much and tenuously hanging onto what is his own: his land and family) and his two sons (Mount as the titular protagonist and Fitzgerald are equally poignant and excellent) who face a moment from their past that clearly will alter their precarious futures. Nicholson (sporting cinema's sexiest freckles) as the family's friend is sublimely perfect as a veterinarian school student who returns to town arousing the boys' one more time. Gorgeously shot by John Foster and a gentle, pensive score by Marcelo Zarvos elevates this true sleeper gem as one of the year's very best.


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