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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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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 »

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 »

Connections

Featured in The 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000) See more »

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Private Conversation
Written & Performed by Lyle Lovett
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Wonderfully involving...
22 November 2003 | by boolamoolaSee all my reviews

The other review of this film misses the point entirely. There is indeed tension, of the emotional variety, between daughter and mother. The child is the adult and the adult is child-like. One always hopes for the mother to make the right decision, to turn her and her daughter's life around. The performances are of the highest caliber, as is the writing, and the direction complements both beautifully, never getting in the way of the simple story. Watch this with a parent, a son, a daughter...a rewarding viewing experience.


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