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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.

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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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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,202, 28 November 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,281,176, 16 January 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,788,168, 21 January 2000
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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 »

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Despite references to "driving across country" from the East (West Virginia), all shots in the film are obviously from the area around Los Angeles. See more »

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Featured in The 2000 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2000) See more »

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Long Way Down
Written by Armen Chakmakian & Shawn Jones
Performed by Shawn Jones
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A Pleasant Surprise
31 January 2003 | by davidholmesfrSee all my reviews

The premise of a film about a mother and 12 year-old daughter on the road is not necessarily attractive to everyone. But this was a refreshing example of the genre, mainly because the director allowed character development. Mother and daughter have characteristics both endearing and infuriating (like all of us; something that Hollywood so often forgets) and, as a result, we're not forced to take sides with one against the other. Rather we find ourselves looking out for opportunities for them to both lead a more stable existence. Inevitably in a film of this nature there must be a great temptation to play on sentimentality and help boost Kleenex sales. But fortunately that doesn't happen; in fact the only tearful moment comes from one of the male characters recounting the loss of his wife. The two leads react well to each other, something which was essential for the film to work.

An entertaining approach to the genre for which the viewer doesn't have to suspend rationality.


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