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Come Early Morning (2006)

Original Title : Come Early Morning
Director : Joey Lauren Adams
Writer : Joey Lauren Adams
Genre : Drama
Romance
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Edward Bass, Dan Etheridge, Daniel Grodnik, Michel Litvak, D. Scott Lumpkin, Grant McFadden, Julie Silverman, Laura D. Smith, Gary Michael Walters, Holly Wiersma
Music : Alan Brewer
Photography : Tim Orr
Distributor : Bold Films, Roadside Attractions
MPAA Rating : Rated R for language and some sexual situations.
IMDB ID : 0457308
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poster for "Come Early Morning" by Joey Lauren Adams (2006)
Come Early Morning (2006) - Joey Lauren Adams
 

Starring

¬Ashley Judd Lucy Fowler
¬Jeffrey Donovan Cal Percell
¬Laura Prepon Kim
¬Diane Ladd Nana
¬Scott Wilson Lowell Fowler
¬Stacy Keach Owen Allen
¬Pat Corley Papa
¬Ray McKinnon Toby
¬Candyce Hinkle Doll
¬Wally Welch Eli
¬Jeff Nichols Lee Young
¬Christine Renee Ward Sue
¬Tim Blake Nelson Uncle Tim
¬Jason T. Davis Motel Man
¬Richard Lee Crow Motel Clerk
¬Ritchie Montgomery Bob
¬Nancy Ellen Mills Michelle
¬Chuck Borden Man with Michelle
¬Ann Marie Hall Vet Receptionist
¬James Cotten Steve
¬Jason Davis Mickey (as Jason A. Davis)
¬Kelly Adams Woman at Cal's
¬Darlene Baker Linda
¬Joshua Payne Cap Guy
¬Bryan Ledford Church Band Member
¬Justin Showah Church Band Member
¬Cary Hudson Church Band Member
¬Ted Gainey Church Band Member
¬Jeannie Max Lane Lyle's Starstudded Honky-Tonk Band
¬Troy Cook Lyle's Starstudded Honky-Tonk Band
¬Steve Williams Lyle's Starstudded Honky-Tonk Band
¬Tony Reaves Lyle's Starstudded Honky-Tonk Band
¬Tim Wilson Lyle's Starstudded Honky-Tonk Band
¬J.D. McIntyre Lyle's Starstudded Honky-Tonk Band
¬Jan Ainley Bar Patron / Line Dancer
¬Madison Ainley Bar Patron / Line Dancer
¬Jennifer Elaine Black Church Member / Bar Patron
¬Van Wayne Black Sr. Bar Patron
¬Alan Brewer Church Member / Resident
¬Michelle Brewer Church Member / Resident
¬Tony L. Brown Bar Patron / Line Dancer
¬Rick Dial Mike
¬Kathleen LaGue Voices / Voice Casting
¬Betsy Lavender Church Member
¬Josue Lopez Church-goer "Extra"
¬Steve McReardon Jesse
¬Arnold John Popa III Church Member
¬Suzanne Shaye Bar patron / church member
¬Amanda Sickler Additional voices
¬Doug Swander Additional Voices
¬John Weeks Bar Patron
¬Michael Witham Church Member (uncredited)
 

Plot

The sins of the fathers. In a town near Little Rock, Lucy Fowler works hard for a construction firm, on weekends she drinks, goes home with someone, and come early morning, wakes and leaves as fast as she can. She cares a lot about her father, newly back in town, a painfully shy man who has nothing to say to her. She does go to a Holy Roller church with him about the same time that she starts, fitfully, a relationship with Cal Percell, new in town and a good guy. She kisses him sober, but still has demons to confront. What's the source of her careless ways, can she turn coal into a diamond?
 

Comments

Ashley Judd gives a remarkable performance in this film but there are lots of other reasons to see it. Indeed, the music is very good, and there is a CD soundtrack (I checked Amazon as soon as I came home).There are many painful moments as an extended and frayed family tries to talk to each other, or avoid it. It's about being stuck in old patterns and being clueless about making changes, no matter how old the people are.I know one reason the film got local buzz is because it was filmed here, but as someone who hasn't lived in AR long, I was just an average movie goer looking to see Judd in something that was not a highly charged thriller. Ruby in Paradise (1993) was the first time I ever saw her, and that film about how to survive when no matter what you do doesn't seem enough, showed her talent. Come Early Morning evoked the same feelings.The whole project seems a labor of love, love of real people living ordinary lives and doing the best they can.