Tully

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Released 2002

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Director:
Hilary Birmingham
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
Tully is a 2000 drama directed by Hilary Birmingham. The film is set in Nebraska and focuses on the familial interactions of the Coates family. Tully Sr. (Bob Burrus) is father to Tully Jr. (Anson Mount) and Earl (Glenn Fitzgerald). He is a sad, secretive man who is raising the two young boys on his own because his wife left many years ago. The family make ends meet by running a cattle ranch together. Tully Jr. is a popular, good-looking boy who has no long-lasting male or female relationships, he doesn't even have much in common with his little brother. Earl is the youngest of the Coates men and his personality is the opposite of his brother's, he spends most of his time at a local revival house. These three men depend on each other very much, but when secrets from the past began to make their way to the surface, relationships change.

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    We might quarrel with the crucial decision at the end of Tully, but we have to honor it because we know it comes from a good place. So does the whole movie.

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The movie's unhurried rhythm eventually works a quiet spell, and after a while you find yourself settling back, adjusting to the film's bucolic metabolism and appreciating its eye ...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Although this is director Birmingham's first feature -- she has a very sure sense of what she wants out of her cast and the ability to put it on screen. Tully may go against the gr...

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