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  • Actors: Janet McTeer, Kimberly J. Brown, Jay O. Sanders, Gavin O'Connor, Laurel Holloman
  • Directors: Gavin O'Connor
  • Writers: Gavin O'Connor, Angela Shelton
  • Producers: Gavin O'Connor, Angela Shelton, Greg O'Connor, Jerry McFadden, Joel Stillerman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2000
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RFAK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,791 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Mary Jo Walker (Janet McTeer) is a Southern mother who hides her self-consciousness by overcompensating. She drinks, wears revealing outfits, and says things that other people would never even consider. Fleeing her latest abusive relationship, she and her daughter, twelve-year-old Ava (Kimberly Brown), head out west.

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Janet McTeer turns in a perfectly flawless performance.
S.A.I
Another thing I would like to happen is the chance to visit Starlight Beach, I think it is in San Diego.
L. J Nary
Similar to real life, the daughter has little control and must obey her mother.
Becca

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Foster HALL OF FAME on May 8, 2000
Format: DVD
I postponed seeing this film in the theatre because the DVD can be purchased for the price of two movie tickets. I usually triage films I eventually watch -- some I must see on the big screen, some I rent, and some I buy on blind faith and film reviews. This film fell into the last category. The critics wrote very favorable comments about Janet MeTeer's performance, and of course she won a Golden Globe, so I wasn't taking too much of a risk, and I was not disappointed in my decision.
Janet McTeer plays a dislocated single mom named Mary Jo Walker. She is so real I swear I knew her back in North Carolina. Her daughter Ava, played by Kimberly J. Brown looks like a real child and has a real child's problems.
I couldn't gauge the time period of the film but the bathing suits were right out of the late fifties or early sixties (they weighed a ton when you got them wet). Ava's English teacher uses the phrase "dissed" which seems out of place to me as I don't remember that term being used before the seventies.
Depending on the period, things were better or worse for single moms and their offspring although California was the place to be until very recently if you wanted to survive (too expensive now! ). There was a time when the only way a female could deal with an unhappy home life was to "get married" and run away, and then "get married" and run away, etc. and the first thing you knew you woke up one morning and found you had been married 3 or 4 times, were unemployed, and still waiting for the knight in shining armor who never seemed to show up.
I know what it feels like to run away from an abusive parent at age 17, dropping out of high-school and marrying the first guy who asked.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By eileen f. on April 17, 2000
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Tumbleweeds was a brilliant film. Both Janet McTeer and Kimberly Brown were outstanding as a mother and daugther travelling pretty much across country and running away from mean boyfriends. It is a great story of a relationship between mother and daughter, and not only is Mary Jo a great mother but she is also a great friend to her daughter. This film made me laugh alot. There is alot of humor to it. I rented the DVD, and after the ending(which i loved, that's all i will say about it), I watched it w/ the audio commentary for awhile, and it's a great way to learn more about the whole process of film making, and I would not have known that the director/writer of the film had also acted in it. I recommend this film to all, It's a must see!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Farr on July 18, 2007
Format: DVD
A familar mother-daughter tale receives refreshingly uncompromising treatment in "Tumbleweeds", buoyed by a stellar performance from McTeer, who was Oscar-nominated. Young Brown also shines as a daughter forced to grow up too soon. Director O'Connor knows his material, and does a fine turn himself as rugged trucker Jack, Sara Jo's latest love interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Becca on May 1, 2001
Format: DVD
Imagine living life without a home. Moving from one state to another, Ava Walker, along with her mother, Mary Jo, had no real home. Louisiana, West Virginia, Tennessee and many more states were all stops along the way for this mother-daughter duo. Mary Jo had a problem with the way she was treated by men. Instead of being mature after a breakup occurred, she would flee and set out on yet another adventure. Their real journey began after Mary Jo's fourth failed marriage. Repeating their pattern, they picked up their belongings and set out for a new state and a new life. Living their lives as tumbleweeds on an empty highway, Mary Jo and Ava Walker wandered aimlessly looking for the perfect life. Throughout their search for a permanent home, these two women shared a special bond consisting of highs and lows. Recognized by critics as a top film, Tumbleweeds proves to be one of the best films explaining the relationship of a mother and a daughter because of its realistic approach which shows both sides of the relationship and by following the range of emotions that occur between a mother and her daughter. Although this film was independently funded it still acclaimed praise by critics everywhere. It was recognized as a work of art by being nominated by such organizations as the Academy, the Golden Globes, the Chicago Film Critics, the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Committee and the Screen Actor`s Guild. These days, it is not often that a film created with under $100,000 would be so critically acclaimed by such distinguished organizations. Along with being recognized as a masterpiece, Tumbleweeds has succeeded because of the film's realism. Movies today often glamorize relationships, making everything seem flawless instead of portraying the truth.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KerrLines on December 14, 2007
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In 1999,English stage actress and 1997 Broadway Tony Award winner Janet McTeer snagged the GOLDEN GLOBE for her incredibly honest,natural and forthright portrayal of the feisty Southern "tumbleweed" Mary Jo Walker.Her performance ran up against Annette Bening,Meryl Streep,Julianne Moore and ultimate winner Hilary Swank for the top prize at the Oscars.Anyone who loves films that have deeply-etched characters must see TUMBLEWEEDS, because what you get from actress Janet McTeer is almost a rarity in films today,IMO.McTeer who followed this performance with another nominated role in SONGCATCHER in 2000,is quite simply put magnificent.There is such depth and pathos put into this character of a mother who uproots along with her 12 year old daughter (an equally amazing and compelling Kimberly J.Brown) every time her doomed relationships with men don't work out.Her choices are terrible and the effects on her Ava are both tragic,hilarious,boundary blurring and ultimately touching.These performances are among the best I have ever seen on film.
The screenplay, though,starts very HBO and descends to LIFETIME near the end and becomes a little too cliche and pat, thus giving the film a 4 star rating.The acting, though, is WAY UP THERE and should be viewed for watching a real stage actress captured on the big screen.Janet McTeer is the consummate actress who is best known for her UK work on T.V. and the stage, but in her few American films, she has managed to capture this viewer's eye each time she performs.
See her in SONGCATCHER and you will see what I mean.Remember, this is a Brit doing what most homegrown girls can't seem to do!
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