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Tully (2000)

Cast: Anson Mount, Anson Mount, Julianne Nicholson, more...
Director: Hilary Birmingham, Hilary Birmingham
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Studio: Hart Sharp Video
Genre: Drama, Independent
Running Time: 102 min.
Languages: English
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Taking home both the audience prize for Best Director as well as the critics' prize for Best Film, writer-director Hilary Birmingham was the toast of the 2000 L.A. Independent Film Festival with this slice-of-life drama about a pair of motherless young men and their relationships with women. Tully Jr. (Anson Mount) and Earl (Glenn Fitzgerald) live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier Tully works his way through a succession of short-term affairs and an off-again, on-again relationship with April (Catherine Kellner), a stripper in town. When their childhood friend Ella (Julianne Nicholson) returns to town to start a veterinary practice, however, Tully falls for her -- although the townsfolk have their doubts that he could ever commit to one woman. Birmingham based her film on a short story by author Tom McNeal; before Tully, the director cut her teeth producing PBS documentaries. Tully would go on to show at festivals in Toronto, Canada, and Melbourne, Australia. ~ Michael Hastings, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

Works on Many Levels by squad October 14, 2004 - 10:35 AM PDT
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I like rural, I like indie, I like good movies, thus a 10 for "Tully". Tully's prodigious libido takes me back and causes retrospective wonder at youth. You don't realize what you had until later in life, but yes those stolen seemingly illicit at the time encounters are the oldest story of all. Life goes on. And there is so much more in this film, especially rural sociological issues. The pressures of farm economics on families, the toil that feeds the rest of us. Soldiers and farmers or is it basketball stars and Las Vegas high rollers that carry this nation on their backs? I kind of get that mixed up (facetiously). The film tells a story in microcosm that addresses deep issues of fatherhood, health care economics, true love, brothers, and selflessness. It ends well, not losing momentum or connection to what has gone before. Not all films succeed in that. Rural scenery abounds, including a pleasing cast, and a summer to remember as if your own. This is a movie worth buying to watch whenever you need something comforting, undemanding, and wonderfully human.

call now!! by cruzer October 14, 2004 - 3:02 AM PDT
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I am going to be less cerebral than my esteemed colleague underdog.
I just thoroughly enjoyed this film.
Only problem was this part of my brain that kept shouting every time a scene ended "don't end!".
But finally the movie did...
And then I watched "third date". Bad move.
Not that 3rd is bad. Just that the two movies are set in very different environments and moods.
My advice: space'em.

Bonus feature by Cinenaut November 17, 2003 - 9:27 AM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I don't have anything to add to the previous review (aside from the fact that I enjoyed the film), but I just wanted to mention that Tully includes a short film called Third Date, which features Sarah Clarke and Xander Berkeley (of "24" fame), along with Sandra Bernhard and Neil Jain. Using his family's old mob connections, a guy (Neil Jain) takes his girlfriend Katrina (Sarah Clarke) on a date to Coney Island after hours. Xander Berkeley plays a carnie and Sandra Bernhard plays (what else?) a sideshow freak.

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