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


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Before you fall in love, you need to love yourself.
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  (in credits order)

Ashley Judd ... Lucille Fowler
Jason T. Davis ... Motel Man
Richard Lee Crow ... Motel Clerk

Laura Prepon ... Kim

Christine Renee Ward ... Sue (as Christy Ward)

Candyce Hinkle ... Doll

Scott Wilson ... Lowell Fowler

Tim Blake Nelson ... Uncle Tim
Pat Corley ... Papa

Diane Ladd ... Nana
Wally Welch ... Eli

Ritchie Montgomery ... Bob

Jeffrey Donovan ... Cal, Cal Percell

Rick Dial ... Mike

Nancy Wilder ... Michelle (as Nancy Ellen Mills)
Chuck Borden ... Man with Michelle

Ray McKinnon ... Toby

Stacy Keach ... Owen Allen

Ann Marie Hall ... Vet Receptionist

Jeff Nichols ... Lee Young

James Cotten ... Steve

Jason Davis ... Mickey (as Jason A. Davis)
Kelly Adams ... Woman at Cal's
Darlene Baker ... Linda
Joshua Payne ... Cap Guy (as Joshua Dean Payne)
Bryan Ledford ... Church Band Member
Justin Showah ... Church Band Member
Cary Hudson ... Church Band Member
Ted Gainey ... Church Band Member
Jeannie Max Lane ... Lyle's Starstudded Honkytonk Band
Troy Cook ... Lyle's Starstudded Honkytonk Band (as Troy Cook Jr.)
Steve Williams ... Lyle's Starstudded Honkytonk Band
Tony Reaves ... Lyle's Starstudded Honkytonk Band
Tim Wilson ... Lyle's Starstudded Honkytonk Band
J.D. McIntyre ... Lyle's Starstudded Honkytonk Band (as JD McIntyre)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jan Ainley ... Bar Patron / Line Dancer (uncredited)
Madison Ainley ... Bar Patron / Line Dancer (uncredited)

Macee Binns ... Bar Patron / Line Dancer (uncredited)
Jennifer Elaine Black ... Church Member / Bar Patron (uncredited)
Alan Brewer ... Church Member (uncredited)
Tony L. Brown ... Bar Patron / Line Dancer (uncredited)
Suzanne Hayes ... Bar Patron / Church Member (uncredited)

Kathleen LaGue ... Woman (voice) (uncredited)
Josue Lopez ... Church-goer (uncredited)

Jennifer Pierce Mathus ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Stacy Odom ... Church Member / Resident (uncredited)
Arnold John Popa III ... Church Member (uncredited)
Amanda Sickler ... Woman (voice) (uncredited)

Doug Swander ... Man (voice) (uncredited)

Lew Temple ... Man (voice) (uncredited)
Raven Tryon ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
John Weeks ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Michael Witham ... Church Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Joey Lauren Adams 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joey Lauren Adams  written by

Produced by
Ali Abouomar .... associate producer
Athena Ashburn .... consulting producer (as Athena Stensland)
Edward Bass .... producer (as Ed Bass)
Dan Etheridge .... co-producer
Daniel Grodnik .... executive producer
Michel Litvak .... producer
D. Scott Lumpkin .... co-producer (as Scott Lumpkin)
Grant McFadden .... associate producer
Laura D. Smith .... associate producer (as Laura Smith)
Gary Michael Walters .... executive producer
Holly Wiersma .... producer
Julie Yorn .... producer
Original Music by
Alan Brewer 
Cinematography by
Tim Orr (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Meg Reticker 
Casting by
Beth Blanks 
Steve Brooksbank 
Mary Jo Slater 
Production Design by
Max Biscoe 
Set Decoration by
Anuradha Mehta  (as Radha Mehta)
Costume Design by
Lee Hunsaker 
Makeup Department
Karen Blynder .... key makeup artist
E.C. Haynes .... additional hair stylist
Bunny Parker .... key hair stylist
Lynda Kyle Walker .... assistant hair stylist (as Lynda Walker)
Brad Wilder .... key makeup artist
Brad Wilder .... makeup artist: Ashley Judd (uncredited)
Production Management
Harvey Greenberg .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kyle Andrezski .... second assistant director
Shawn Dyrdahl .... second second assistant director
Nicholas Lee .... first assistant director
Art Department
Joe Arnold .... property master
Amy Bell .... assistant property master
Jeffrey Bennison .... carpenter
Jeffrey Bennison .... painter
William Clark Coit III .... swing (as William Coit)
Mitchell Crisp .... buyer (as Mitchell Patterson)
Joseph Fedo .... leadman (as Joe Fedo)
Fonda Fisher .... on-set dresser
Stacy L. Henning .... swing (as Stacey Henning)
Sound Department
Chad Algarin .... sound recordist: Warner Hollywood Stage D
Michael Axinn .... co-supervising sound editor
Michael Brown .... foley supervisor
Gary Coppola .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary J. Coppola)
George Cuddy .... assistant field recordist
Michael Curry .... sound re-recording engineer: Warner Hollywood Stage D
David O. Daniel .... sound mixer
Thadd Day .... boom operator
Michael Fleming .... field recordist
Lesa Foust .... boom operator
Mark Johnston .... sound recordist: Warner Hollywood Stage D
Yagmur Kaplan .... supervising assistant sound editor
Michael Novitch .... sound re-recording engineer: Warner Hollywood Stage D
Matthew Perna .... assistant field recordist
Jeff Prosser .... foley mixer (as Jeffrey Ving Prosser)
Benjamin Rauscher .... post-audio assistant (as Ben Rauscher)
Denny Shaw .... sound re-recording engineer: Warner Hollywood Stage D
Christopher Sheldon .... supervising sound editor (as Chris Sheldon)
Ren Sherman .... utility sound technician
Rob Sumner .... assistant field recordist (as Robert Sumner)
Ron Vrablik .... field recordist
David Warburton .... post facility coordinator
Chuck Borden .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
David Calhoun .... electrician (as Dave Calhoun)
Eric Damazio .... key grip
Jeffrey A. Eplett .... gaffer (as Jeff Eplett)
Kelly Freddie .... electrician
Rob Givens .... camera loader
Chris Hamala .... grip (as Chris E. Hamala)
Chip Huntington .... best boy grip
Kyle Jewell .... camera loader
Linda Kallerus .... second assistant camera (as Linda Slater)
Trey Lange .... grip
Maurice Langford .... electrician
Chris Lumpkin .... grip
Bill Matlock .... still photographer
Jonathan Meyer .... electrician
Matthew A. Petrosky .... first assistant camera
Cesar Quintilla .... dolly grip
Jorge A. Quiñonez .... electrician
John Schwartz .... best boy electric
Steve Sudge .... electrician
Casting Department
James Cotten .... casting assistant: Arkansas
Manny Fernandez .... casting assistant
Kathleen LaGue .... adr voice casting
Vince Rimoldi .... casting assistant
Sarah Tackett .... casting director: Arkansas
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Loretta Harper .... set costumer
Erin Aldridge Orr .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Mato .... color timer
Brian Nogle .... digital color timer: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Aaron Rottinghaus .... assistant editor
Paul Salamoff .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Leroy Wolf .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Alan Brewer .... music producer
Mason Cooper .... music clearance - thanks
Jerry Deaton .... music producer
Jim Schultz .... music editor
Richard Walters .... music supervisor
Geoff Zanelli .... songwriter
Transportation Department
Eric Ayers .... driver
Ricky Damazio .... transportation coordinator: Arkansas (as Ricky damazio)
Anthony Detiege .... driver
J.D. Hicks .... driver
Randy Holland .... driver
Billy Kane .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles (as William Kane)
Johnny Knox .... driver
George A. Miki .... transportation captain (as George Miki)
George Mills .... driver
Matafao Lee Paisa .... driver (as Matafao Paisa)
Debbie Patrick .... driver
Jack Prince .... set mechanic
Eddie Santana .... driver (as Edward Santana)
Doug Stewart .... driver: insert car
Jeff Turner .... driver
Dan O. Wiseman .... driver (as Dan Wiseman)
John Christopher Hicks .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Sarah Michelle Abbott .... office production assistant
Kelly Adams .... assistant: Ms. Adams
Levi Agee .... intern
Jennifer Allen .... publicist: PMK Los Angeles
Jacob Bartol .... assistant location manager
Dale Bicker .... production intern
Jeff Clark .... production intern
William Clark Coit III .... location scout
Aaron Criswell .... assistant: Ms. Yorn
Joseph Dempsey .... office production assistant
Jack Driscoll .... security: Ms. Judd
Rob Engles .... set staffer
Dara Etzel .... personal assistant: Ms. Judd
Thomas Fink .... production intern
Sarah Fleming .... production assistant
Chris Gibson .... location manager
Deborah Gilbert .... medic coordinator
Jerry Halpain Jr. .... production secretary
Daniel Lee Harris .... intern (as Daniel Harris)
Tom Howes .... assistant production coordinator
Derek Wayne Hurst .... production intern (as Derek Hurst)
Jeff Jackson .... assistant craft service
Randee Kaplan .... production intern
Wes Kemp .... stand-in
Jacob LeMaster .... production intern
Leighann LeMaster .... production intern (as Leighann Derden)
Damien Lubiak .... production coordinator
Kristin Mann .... set staffer (as Kristin Rateliff)
Sarah Manowitz .... set staffer
Maggie Means .... production accountant
Christie Melton .... production intern
Larry Michalski .... sales
Michael Moncreiff .... titles producer: Pacific Title and At Studio
Wendy Kay Moore .... assistant: Mr. Grodnik (as Wendy Moore)
Holly Murray .... set staffer (as Holly C. Murray)
Don Napoli .... post-production accountant: East Coast Post
David Parkerson .... production intern
Jason Payne .... assistant chef
Emily Peresta .... production intern
MJ Perkins .... production assistant (as Moses Perkins)
Michael Poe .... production intern
John Porter .... office production assistant
Angela Prosser .... stand-in
Erik Proveaux .... chef
Peter W. Root .... key set production assistant (as Peter Root)
Rick Rosenthal .... production counsel (as Riuchard M. Rosenthal)
Marc Ross .... production manager: titles, Pacific Title and Art Studio
Bruce Sanderson .... production doctor (as Dr. Bruce Sanderson)
Brooke Satrazemis .... script supervisor
Danny Sconyers .... location scout
Travis Seals .... head chef
Barbara Seretan .... assistant: Mr. Bass
Perry Suppa .... scheduler
Holly Terry .... production intern
Suzy Vaughan .... script clearance (as Suzi Vaughn)
Gregory Thomas Wagnon .... production intern
Annie Jeeves .... publicist (uncredited)
Elizabeth Adams .... special thanks
Lyle Adams .... special thanks
Thomas Albany .... special thanks
Chris Andrews .... special thanks
Diane Baker Ashley .... special thanks
Darlene Baker .... special thanks
Marvin R. Barham .... special thanks (as Pastor Marvin R. Barham)
Peter Billingsley .... special thanks
William Blaylock .... special thanks
Michelle Bohan .... special thanks
Karen Bonner .... special thanks
Cathy Bradshaw .... special thanks
Mason Cooper .... special thanks
Judy Cossey .... special thanks
Charlie Daniels .... special thanks
Eileen Dietz .... special thanks
Cassian Elwes .... special thanks
Diane Evans .... special thanks
John Ray Evans .... special thanks
Jon Favreau .... special thanks
Dave Feldman .... special thanks
Mike Ferrio .... special thanks
James Finn .... special thanks
Joe Glass .... the production wishes to thank: on behalf of the arkansas film commission for all of his hard work and tireless efforts in helping get this film made
Rachel Goodlett Katz .... special thanks (as Rachel Goodlett)
Alisa Graner .... special thanks
David Gordon Green .... special thanks
Bruce Heller .... special thanks
Craig Hodges .... special thanks
Jennifer Hodges .... special thanks
Vanessa Inn .... special thanks
Jack Jackson .... special thanks
Melissa John .... special thanks
Brad Katz .... special thanks
Melinda Webber Kerstein .... special thanks (as Melinda Kerstein)
Myron I. Kerstein .... special thanks (as Myron Kerstein)
Jonathan King .... special thanks
Kathleen King .... special thanks
Sammy King .... special thanks
Stacey Lewis .... special thanks
Richard Linklater .... special thanks
Patty Long .... special thanks
James Miller .... special thanks
Benjamin Murray .... special thanks
Joe Nowell .... special thanks
Mike Nowell .... special thanks
Patsy Nowell .... special thanks
Heather Nunn .... special thanks
Stephanie Ott .... special thanks
Ronnie Ringer .... special thanks
Brian Ross .... special thanks
Shannon Rottinghaus .... special thanks
Dan Sasaki .... special thanks
Wendy Schneider .... special thanks
Scott Silver .... special thanks
Kevin Smith .... special thanks
Richard Thompson .... special thanks
Billy Bob Thornton .... special thanks
Tom Vaughan .... special thanks
Victoria Vaughn .... special thanks
Vince Vaughn .... special thanks
Bruce Watson .... special thanks

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Rated R for language and some sexual situations
97 min
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Did You Know?

Several scenes were filmed in Joey Lauren Adams's maternal grandmother's house in North Little Rock. Her grandmother temporarily relocated to allow for filming.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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.See more »
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Ashley Judd, Welcome Back, 12 April 2007
Author: gradyharp from United States

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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