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Tully -- The Story of two brothers and their female friend living in rural Nebraska.

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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Glenn Fitzgerald ... Earl Coates

Anson Mount ... Tully Coates Jr.
Bob Burrus ... Tully Russell Coates Sr.

Julianne Nicholson ... Ella Smalley

Laura Walker ... Wendy Adams
Joe Smalley ... Brad
Tim Driscoll ... Clarence Heiting
Aaron Zavitz ... Chuck

Kristopher Kling ... Dexter

Catherine Kellner ... April Reece
Vivek Kumar ... Essa
John Durbin ... Marshall
V. Craig Heidenreich ... Burt Hodges
Natalie Canerday ... Claire
Kathryn Gayner ... Irene Duffy (photos)
Harry Gibbs ... Mr. Sullivan

Delaney Driscoll ... Mrs. Smalley

Michael McCormack ... Fred Robertson
Richard Hansen ... Charlie
Justin Hyde ... Deodorant Boy

John Diehl ... Mal 'Mac' MacAvoy

Mellisa Bryson ... Jeannie

Andy Signore ... Pete Heiting

Directed by
Hilary Birmingham 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hilary Birmingham 
Matt Drake 
Tom McNeal  story

Produced by
Hilary Birmingham .... producer
Molly Bradford .... associate producer
Chip Signore .... associate producer
Anne Sundberg .... producer
Debi Zelko .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Marcelo Zarvos 
 
Cinematography by
John Foster 
 
Film Editing by
Affonso Gonçalves 
 
Casting by
Ellen Parks 
 
Production Design by
Mark White 
 
Art Direction by
Nathan Carlson 
 
Set Decoration by
Bret Davison 
 
Costume Design by
Christine Vollmer 
 
Makeup Department
Lorraine Godfrey .... hair stylist: additional photography
Lorraine Godfrey .... makeup artist: additional photography
Jamie Martig .... hair assistant
Jamie Martig .... makeup assistant
Mike Torres .... key hair stylist
Mike Torres .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Molly Bradford .... post-production supervisor
Kaylene Carlson .... production manager
Brian Slocum .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anna Bradley .... additional second second assistant director
Brendan Caldon .... second assistant director: additional photography
Carolyn Sara Fine .... second assistant director (as Carolyn Fine)
Jeff Huston .... first assistant director: additional photography
Jay Ostrowski .... second second assistant director
Chip Signore .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Shane Aspergren .... property assistant
Sarah Birmingham .... set dresser
Bucky Moss .... property master
Lisa Scoppa .... set dresser: additional photography
 
Sound Department
Dave Barraza .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Evan Benjamin .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Brad Bergbom .... sound editor
Devendra Damon Cleary .... boom operator
Patrick Dundas .... foley engineer
Leslie Lavelanet .... adr engineer
Meghan McCambridge .... boom operator: additional photography
Rebecca Meis DeMarco .... foley artist
Beo Morales .... adr engineer
Chris Rich .... sound mixer coordinator
Tony Volante .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Wes Clowers .... special effects coordinator
 
Stunts
J.R. Knotts .... stunt coordinator (as John Knotts)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dennis Buffum .... additional grip
Chris Dixon .... additional grip
Paul Eichler .... third grip
Glenn Fitzgerald .... still photographer
David Flanigan .... first assistant camera: additional photography
Ben Fossberg .... additional grip
Melissa Freeman .... second assistant camera
Eric Gearity .... best boy grip
Tom Guiney .... third electrician
Kelby Hansen .... grip intern
Mike Mastre .... additional first assistant camera
Ed Mattson .... key grip (as Edward Mattson)
Scott McCarthy .... third assistant camera
Scott Miller .... gaffer
John Pycha .... electrician
Michael Runice .... electrician
Dan Smith .... electrician
Jason Smith .... additional grip
Steve Solomon .... still photographer
Jason Summers .... first assistant camera
Cliff Weisner .... best boy electric
 
Casting Department
John Jackson .... location casting: Nebraska
Heather Laird .... casting: Kansas City
Peter Pham .... casting intern
Laura Walker .... extras casting coordinator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Kramer .... wardrobe: additional photography
Andromeda Ross .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Brendan Caldon .... post-production assistant
Chet Fagin .... on-line editor
Geno Foster .... assistant editor
Karen Sztajnberg .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Matthew Abbott .... music supervisor
Jim Black .... music supervisor
David Munro .... song recordist
Esther Regelson .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Carol Knotts .... transportation captain
J.R. Knotts .... transportation coordinator (as John R. Knotts)
 
Other crew
Teresa Affleck .... production office intern
Erika Anderson .... set production assistant
Robert Christoffersen .... location manager
Donna Gale Fulson .... production coordinator
Laura Kendall .... script supervisor (as Laura Kendall)
Carine Kinsel .... additional animal wrangler
Jennifer Latham .... production accountant
Catherine E. Lewis .... production assistant
Gordy Lutz .... additional animal wrangler
Matt Mar .... production office intern
Lauren Paquette .... craft service
Peter Pham .... production assistant
Christopher Quinn .... title designer
Patrick Rea .... production office intern
Amy Romeo .... animal wrangler
Amy Romeo .... assistant to director
Breanne Ruh .... production office intern
Chad Schlotfield .... additional set production assistant
Brian Slocum .... production coordinator
Joe Smalley .... assistant location manager
Skip Wrightson .... additional set production assistant
 
Thanks
Andrew Peterson .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Truth About Tully" - USA (festival title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some sexual content
Runtime:
102 min
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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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Continuity: The position of Dexter's red pick-up moves between shots during the scene at the Swimming Hole.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
3.5 stars (out of 4), 11 January 2003
Author: Mike Weston (mweston) from Silicon Valley, CA

Tully Coates, Jr. (generally just called "Tully," played by Anson Mount) and his younger brother Earl (Glenn Fitzgerald from "The Sixth Sense") live on a farm in Nebraska with their father, Tully Coates, Sr. (usually called "Mr. Coates"). We first see the brothers in a field goofing off. Earl is hurt when some dirt ends up in his eye, their father is not happy about this *and* that they aren't working, and Tully isn't too upset. This is pretty much standard operating procedure: their father has no sense of humor, Tully gets away with whatever he wants to do, and Earl comes out on the short end of the deal.

The other significant characters are the women. April Reece, who works as a stripper but prefers to call it burlesque, is seeing Tully and would like to make that exclusive. Ella Smalley (Julianne Nicholson, a bright spot from the last season of "Ally McBeal") is a tomboy friend of Earl's who is sort of interested in Tully but sees how he sleeps around. Tully and Earl's mother is unseen, having left the family long ago, but she is still an important character. And finally, Claire (Natalie Canerday from "Sling Blade"), the grocery store checkout woman, likes Mr. Coates and is probably my favorite character in the film, although it's a small role.

I won't cover the plot, since there are a number of twists along the way. That said, the characters and their interactions are the heart of this film, and if the outcome had been different the film would still have been worth watching. Every so often the acting felt forced to me, although there were also other times when I found the acting to be wonderful and I also gather that most other viewers did not feel the same way.

I saw this on 11/17/2002 at the Camera Cinema Club in Silicon Valley, CA. The director, Hilary Birmingham, was there to answer questions and to apologize repeatedly about the VHS copy that we were forced to watch due to a film print lost in transit. It actually looked substantially better than one would have expected due to the high end digital projector, and I'm told by the club programmer that the picture was only slightly cropped, from 1.66:1 to 1.33:1. The screenplay, which Birmingham helped write, is based on a short (15 page) story which took place over a substantially longer period of time than this film does. Birmingham's background is in literature and documentaries, and she cited "The Last Picture Show," "Badlands," and "Days of Heaven" as influences.

The film was shot in only 24 days, under sometimes difficult circumstances. A few scenes, for example, were shot in the director's parents' garage in Massachusetts in the dead of winter. The heaters were too loud to keep running during shooting, but it was so cold that the set cooled down too fast when the heaters were turned off. Eventually they had to wrap some insulation around the whole garage to keep the heat in. On the positive side, it rained for 14 days straight just before the farm scenes were filmed, but then *didn't* for almost the entire shooting schedule.

The film got distribution quickly, but almost as quickly the distributor went bankrupt. Since the distributor listed the film as an asset, it was held up. And since the distributor was Canadian, the filmmaker had to learn Canadian bankruptcy law in order to get her film back. So this really is a 2000 film that is just now being released.

Given my minor misgivings about the acting and the VHS "print," I would probably give this a lower rating by half a star, which would still make it a film worth seeing. My guess is that on actual film this is a gem well worth seeking out.

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