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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 »

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

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Sea of Heartbreak
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Performed by Johnny Cash
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The film's upbeat nature may strike some as false, yet the giddy handling in general is persuasive...
9 October 2011 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

British actress Janet McTeer gives a convincing, first-rate performance as a Southern woman and man-lover who can't find a good guy to love. She and her preteen daughter drive from one state to the next, lighting in a motel room somewhere until a local romance blooms--and then high-tailing out of town when it predictably blows up. Soon after arriving in Southern California, McTeer's Mary Jo Walker finds a decent job, begins making friends, and sees her daughter excelling in school for the first time; however, a new relationship with a sexy but volatile trucker may put everything on the rocks. What starts out as a generic road movie--with hints of "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" besides--becomes an absorbing, intimate character portrait. McTeer (who resembles Laurie Metcalf) isn't your typical tramp or "lover of life"; she isn't unstable, and she's a good mother, but what she's trying so hard to get (a husband and a real home) doesn't always respond to her in kind. We see Mary Jo trying her damnedest to make her life work, eventually falling into familiar patterns but this time learning from her mistakes. The finale is rose-colored and probably not credible, but the optimistic nature of Gavin O'Connor's screenplay (co-written with Angela Shelton), as well as his perceptive direction, makes the journey a fun, embraceable ride. **1/2 from ****


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