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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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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Shots through the windshield of Tully Jr. driving his Cadillac show the column mounted shift lever in Park.See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Goes straight to the heart, 4 August 2003
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Based on a short story by O. Henry prize-winning author Tom McNeal, Tully by first-time director Hilary Birmingham, is a subtle portrait, set in a sleepy farm community somewhere in Nebraska, of a family whose past shows up without warning, shattering the trust and unity that had been built over the years. Originally called The Truth About Tully, the film won praise at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival, but lost several distributors to bankruptcy and had to wait two years until it achieved a limited release last November. Its current release on DVD gives us a chance to see what we've missed.

Rancher Tully Coates, Sr. (Bob Burrus) mourns the death of his wife while struggling to raise two sons and keep up his farm. Coates keeps a lid on his feelings, and no one suspects the powerful secrets he has hidden. Burrus is perfect as the weathered old farmer who has forgotten how to enjoy life and only smiles at Claire (Natalie Canerday), the clerk at the local convenience store. His two sons are very different, but both are good hearted. Tully Jr. (Anson Mount) is a macho ladies' man who seems unwilling to make commitments, content to skim along on the surface of life. His brother Earl (Glenn Fitzgerald) is withdrawn and shy with girls, a movie buff who spends his days going to the cinema or preparing his steer for the County Fair.

Into this mix comes Ella Smalley (Julianne Nicholson), just home from college to do an internship as a veterinarian in a local hospital. She hangs out with Earl, but wants to be friends with Tully. Nicholson's performance is amazing, bringing an intense authenticity to her role. Tully, meanwhile, is pursuing April (Catherine Kellner), a stripper who refers to what she does as burlesque but senses the possibility of something more than friendship with Ella.

There is not much dialogue, but the action does not require much. When feelings become troublesome, each escapes to their own place where they can be alone. Ella goes to a swimming hole, Earl goes to the movies, and the father parks his truck and downs a six-pack. When bits and pieces of a family secret begin to be revealed and the farm is threatened with foreclosure, events force Tully to face the realities that the term "coming-of-age" implies. The film moves at a languid pace for most of the time but builds toward an emotional climax, as the lazy summer is jarred by an unexpected event, changing lives forever.

The people in Tully are not the small town yokels of movie clichés. They are smart and sensitive, and not the least bit cool or cynical. Probably too wholesome for many who prefer their role models to be a bit more jaded, these people talk to each other with dignity and respect, and I cared about them. In lesser hands, Tully could have become the stuff of soap opera, yet guided by Birmingham's sure direction, it goes straight to the heart.

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