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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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Taglines:

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)

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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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

May Jo calls a friend and mentions she and her daughter just left North Carolina. However, the desert-like terrain of the area through which they had been driving clearly was that of the Southwest and not the mountainous region of Appalachia. See more »

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Features Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) See more »

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Music to Her Ears
Written by Robert Williams
Performed by Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys
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What an introduction to Janet McTeer--her charisma cannot be contained!
16 May 2000 | by Terena-3See all my reviews

I urge all film lovers to see -Tumbleweeds-. The relatively unknown cast, director and screenwriter(s) blew me away! This film is a gift of fantastic proportions wrapped in plain, brown paper, so tear into it and see what's awaiting you beyond the simple plot of serial-monogamist mother and almost-fully-teenaged daughter fleeing the scene of yet another bad breakup, and heading West to find a new home. I was gripped by Janet McTeer's powerful performance, and unusual character, from the first scene. I cannot imagine anyone not being similarly bowled over. The supporting cast will also surprise and delight you--why can't all young actors be as natural as Kimberly Brown? Rent it today! :-)


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