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Tumbleweeds Details


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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 24, 1999


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Janet McTeer Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1999 Winner
National Board of Review Janet McTeer Best Actress 1999 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Janet McTeer Best Female Actor in a Leading Role 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Janet McTeer Best Actress 1999 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Janet McTeer Best Actress 1999 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Kimberly J. Brown Best Debut Performance 1999 Winner


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


Gavin O'Connor
Greg O'Connor
Angela Shelton
Gavin O'Connor
Daniel J. Stoloff
David Mansfield
Composer (Music Score)
John Gilroy
Joel Stillerman
Executive Producer
Thomas J. Mangan IV
Executive Producer
Ted Demme
Executive Producer
Gavin O'Connor
Executive Producer
Mimi Maxmen
Costume Designer
Chen Harpaz
Sound/Sound Designer