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Plot, Details & Awards

Tully

Rated R for language and some sexual content.

R In Theaters 11/1/2002 , 102min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Independent Spirit Awards Best Picture Nominated
2002 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Hilary Birmingham Nominated
2002 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actress Julianne Nicholson Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 National Board of Review Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking Won

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