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Tumbleweeds (1999)

PG-13 | | Drama, Comedy | 3 March 2000 (UK)
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A woman and her daughter have been constantly moving from town to town for years, but their newest home might be different from all the others.

Director:

Gavin O'Connor

Writers:

Angela Shelton (story), Gavin O'Connor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet McTeer ... Mary Jo Walker
Kimberly J. Brown ... Ava Walker
Jay O. Sanders ... Dan Miller
Gavin O'Connor ... Jack Ranson
Laurel Holloman ... Laurie Pendleton
Lois Smith ... Ginger
Michael J. Pollard ... Mr. Cummings
Ashley Buccille ... Zoe Broussard
Cody McMains ... Adam Riley
Linda Porter ... Mrs. Boman
Brian Tahash Brian Tahash ... Winston Jackson
Josh Carmichael ... Billy Jo
Dennis Ford Dennis Ford ... Check-out Clerk
Sara Downing ... Rachel Riley
Joel Polis ... Vice Principal
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Storyline

A woman constantly runs from town to town with her 12 year old daughter to escape failed relationships. The film opens with one escape and the shift into a new start in San Diego. There Mom takes up with a controlling trucker and fights with her weirdo boss. Meanwhile, the daughter, used to making the constant shifts, finds a fit at school including getting chosen for a play lead. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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They ran away from everything but each other.

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sensuality and a scene of domestic discord | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Huyendo del pasado See more »

Filming Locations:

Agoura Hills, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$312,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,350,248

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,350,248
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on Angela Shelton's real-life and her experience growing up with her mother, who was erratic and made her move often from one town to the next. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, while heading west to Missouri from North Carolina, Mary Jo glances out the driver's window and comments on the beautiful sunrise, which should have been behind the car (east), not to its left (south). See more »

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Features Vengeance Valley (1951) See more »

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Performed by Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise
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Not a must-see movie from 1999, unless you are curious about Janet McTeer's Oscar nomination.
8 February 2019 | by the amorphousmachineSee all my reviews

I actually watched this film on Youtube, and it's yet another film that is extremely hard to find on DVD etc in my country, so it's basically a movie that no one has really seen. 'Tumbleweeds' got on my radar due to the Oscar nominated performance Janet McTeer, and that performance is exceedingly good and worthy of a nomination. Kimberly J. Brown who plays the daughter in this film is also worth mentioning as an excellent performance as essentially McTeer and Brown hold the movie together. This movie a mother/daughter bonding movie, directed by Gavin O'Connor (Warrior, The Accountant) who also has a role in the film. 'Tumbleweeds' feels like a low-budget TV movie with Gavin O'Connor yet to perfect his storytelling and craft, but the performances from the two leads hold this movie together. The mother is careless and the daughter is precocious yet they both prove to be realistic characters and mostly likeable. As someone pointed out the comparison to 'Anywhere But Here', which is of the same year and same ilk, 'Tumbleweeds' is the better film by a mile, simply because the characters are actually likeable.

'Tumbleweeds' is worth watching if you want to see Oscar-nominated performances or are into low-budget indie movies, or curious about where Gavin O'Connor started. Other than that, it's perfectly miss-able too! It simply not must-see though.

Considering it's budget and performances; ***½ out of *****!


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