Tumbleweeds

Tumbleweeds

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Cast: Gavin O'Connor, Janet McTeer, Kimberly J. Brown, Jay O. Sanders

     
 

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Gavin O'Connor directed, co-wrote and plays a major supporting role in this drama about a mother and daughter coming to terms with each other's problems. In Tumbleweeds, Janet McTeer plays Mary Jo Walker, a single mother with a long string of bad marriages and a habit of hitting the road when things start to turn sour. Her 12-year-old daughter Ava (Kimberly J.…  See more details below

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Gavin O'Connor directed, co-wrote and plays a major supporting role in this drama about a mother and daughter coming to terms with each other's problems. In Tumbleweeds, Janet McTeer plays Mary Jo Walker, a single mother with a long string of bad marriages and a habit of hitting the road when things start to turn sour. Her 12-year-old daughter Ava (Kimberly J. Brown) has learned to live with her Mom's nomadic ways and comfortably slips into the pattern of each new town. At the film's outset, Mary Jo and Ava depart Missouri for San Diego, California, with Mary Jo falling for a rough-hewn trucker named Jack (Gavin O'Connor) along the way. Once in San Diego, Mary Jo's relationship with Jack fails to run smoothly and her new job presents more than its share of challenges, while Ava has romantic problems of her own when she gains her first boyfriend. McTeer, an established stage actress in England, made her American screen debut in this film, which also features notable character actor Michael J. Pollard as Mary Jo's eccentric boss.

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Tumbleweeds is a triumph of three creative talents playing against type: a Brit who does a dynamite Southern accent (Janet McTeer), a 14-year-old with the acting chops of an adult (Kimberly J. Brown), and a blue-collar beefcake from any truck stop in America, who also happens to be the film's director (Gavin O'Connor). Essentially a mother-daughter road movie, a character study played out over multiple states, Tumbleweeds exceeds its modest goals due to the outstanding work of these three. McTeer was nominated for Best Actress for her note-perfect performance of a shiftless party girl with a penchant for meeting the wrong men. Despite these drawbacks, Mary Jo is also a loving mother who treats her daughter like a playmate and equal, making for a richly complex dynamic between the two. Brown perfectly captures the difficult-to-act age of a girl wavering between child and teen, and O'Connor is strong as the latest lout in their lives, not half the stereotype he could have been, and sympathetic enough to justify Mary Jo's affection for him. It's a movie that examines the tiny tremors of daily life, and does so with a familiar touch. Jay O. Sanders is also memorable as the one suitor who might actually treat them well -- a character trait that initially gets him nowhere with Mary Jo, who seems addicted to abusive relationships.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2000
UPC:
0794043502538
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
PG13
Source:
New Line Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Janet McTeer Mary Jo Walker
Kimberly J. Brown Ava Walker
Gavin O'Connor Jack Ranson
Jay O. Sanders Dan Miller
Lois Smith Ginger
Laurel Holloman Laurie Pendleton
Michael J. Pollard Mr. Cummings
Noah Emmerich Vertis Dewey
Ashley Buccille Zoe Broussard
Cody McMains Adam Riley

Technical Credits
Gavin O'Connor Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Ted Demme Executive Producer
John Gilroy Editor
Chen Harpaz Sound/Sound Designer
Bryce Eric Holtshousen Production Designer
Thomas J. Mangan Executive Producer
David Mansfield Score Composer
Mimi Maxmen Costumes/Costume Designer
Greg O'Connor Producer
Angela Shelton Screenwriter
Joel Stillerman Executive Producer
Daniel J. Stoloff Cinematographer

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