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Come Early Morning (2006)

A 30-something southern woman searches for love, despite the burdens she carries with her.

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Lucille Fowler
Jason T. Davis ...
Motel Man
Richard Lee Crow ...
Motel Clerk
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Kim
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Sue (as Christy Ward)
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Doll
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Lowell Fowler
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Uncle Tim
Pat Corley ...
Papa
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Nana
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Eli
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Bob
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Cal, Cal Percell
Rick Dial ...
Mike
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Michelle (as Nancy Ellen Mills)
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The sins of the fathers. In a town near Little Rock, Lucy Fowler works hard for a construction firm; on weekends she drinks, goes home with someone, and come early morning, wakes and leaves as fast as she can. She cares a lot about her father, newly back in town, a painfully shy man who has nothing to say to her. She does go to a Holy Roller church with him about the same time that she starts, fitfully, a relationship with Cal Percell, new in town and a good guy. She kisses him sober, but still has demons to confront. What's the source of her careless ways; can she turn coal into a diamond? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Before you fall in love, you need to love yourself.

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Rated R for language and some sexual situations | See all certifications »
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31 August 2007 (Brazil)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$50,160 (USA) (10 November 2006)

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$117,560 (USA) (1 December 2006)
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Joey Lauren Adams wrote the part of Lucy for herself, but gave the part to Ashley Judd when she decided she would be unable to direct the film and star in it. See more »

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The jukebox Lucy picks up sits in the back of the pick-up truck for most of the movie because she doesn't know what she is going to do with it. After her breakdown, she goes back to apologize to her father for her drunken outrage the night before and when she pulls up, the jukebox is missing from the back of her truck - it's easy to tell as the jukebox is higher than the cab of her pick-up. In the next scene, when she goes to visit Cal, the jukebox is back on her pick-up truck. See more »

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Lucy Fowler: It's like grapefruit, right? It's real nice and stuff and people love it, but when they're done, what's left over is pretty ugly.
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

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LET'S GO GIGGIN'
Performed by Richard Johnston, Brad Webb & Tony Ray Adams
Written by Richard Johnston
Published by Richard Johnston Music (BMI)
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Ashley Judd, Welcome Back
12 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

COME EARLY MORNING marks the writing and directing debut of Joey Lauren Adams who elects to share a bit of her birthplace atmosphere in Arkansas and while the story is sound and the writing evocative of the personal turmoil of little towns populated by good but bored people, there is nothing new here. But just the opportunity to see gifted actress Ashley Judd strut her stuff is reason enough to watch this little film and makes us wonder where has she been since her 2004 stint in 'De-Lovely'. She is just too fine an actress not to be given more beefy roles.

Lucy Fowler (Judd) lives in a little Arkansas town, a successful contractor with boss Owen Allen (Stacy Keach, another underused fine actor), but a woman without a firm attachment to her fragmented family: her shy and sequestered father (Scott Wilson) has returned to town where he hides in alcohol and steps out only for Holy Roller church services; her grandmothers Doll (Candyce Hinkle) is unstable and keeps to herself and Nana (Diane Ladd) remains in a mutually abusive marriage; and her uncle Tim (Tim Blake Nelson) who is the only stalwart member of the clan. Lucy lives with her friend Kim (Laura Prepon) who understands Lucy's shortcomings: unable to form relationships, Lucy spends her weekends getting drunk at the local tavern and sleeping with anonymous men whom she deserts a dawn.

But things change when Lucy encounters Cal Percell (Jeffrey Donovan) who provides her with the first semblance of normalcy in her relationships with men, a frightening new step she abuses by entering into her drinking mode again. Lucy begins to make changes in her view of her family, her fear of being the mirror image of her father, in her work, and in the way she views men. And the film just trails off leaving us wondering what life will now be like.

Adams has a fine handle on her subject and creates dialog that feels like it should: her election to make such a fine three-dimensional character out of Lucy's father who barely has a line to say is much to her credit (and the strong performance by Scott Wilson!). But in the end it is the pleasure of seeing Ashley Judd in a meaty role that makes the difference. Grady Harp


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