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George Washington (2000)

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  28 September 2001 (UK)
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A group of children, in a depressed small town, band together to cover up a tragic mistake one summer.

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Nasia
Donald Holden ...
George
Damian Jewan Lee ...
Vernon
Curtis Cotton III ...
Buddy
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Sonya
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Rico Rice
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Damascus
Janet Taylor ...
Aunt Ruth
Derricka Rolle ...
Whitney
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Denise
Jonathan Davidson ...
Euless
Scott Clackum ...
Augie
Beau Nix ...
Rico's Father
Jason Shirley ...
Railroad Worker
William Tipton ...
Railroad Worker
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Set in a small town in North Carolina, George Washington is the story of a tight-knit multi-racial group of working-class kids caught in a tragic lie. After a twelve-year-old girl breaks up with her boyfriend for a sensitive, deeply introspective thirteen-year-old boy named George, a bizarre series of events and an innocent cover-up launches their insular group on individual quests for redemption. Written by Anonymous

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down this twisted road, please watch over my soul and lift me up so gently so as not to touch the ground.

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Budget:

$42,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,335 (USA) (27 October 2000)

Gross:

$241,816 (USA) (10 August 2001)
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Nearly all of the actors in the film were non-professionals that had been hand-picked by David Gordon Green through random circumstances. The most interesting of these circumstances was how Green met with actor Donald Holden, who played George Richardson. Green has said that he met with Donald Holden on a beach near where he lived at the time and simply asked him to be in the film. See more »

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George jumps into a pool to save a young boy from drowning. He swims very well. George has a condition from birth which makes it extremely dangerous for him to allow his head to get wet. He almost died once after being baptized in water. With this condition, it is highly unlikely for him to have learned to swim as well as he does. See more »

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Sonya: Can you keep a secret? I'm not a good person. I don't think nice things.
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The producers wish to thank ... The Maders ... Christof Gebert's Mom ... The Thompson Family ... The McIlwain Family ... The Purcell Family ... The People of Kennersville, North Carolina and The People of Spencer, North Carolina. See more »

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O, Broken Land
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Written by David Wingo
Performed by David Wingo, Robb Kunz and Michael Young
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The everyday made poetic by a visionary eye
3 November 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

David Gordon Green's first miniscule-budget movie is strange and disconcerting, and appears to lack a real focus; but maybe that's its theme

  • the aimlessness and randomness of life in a poor North Carolina


neighbourhood. But not from the conventional point of view that regards such lack of purpose as totally negative; but with a poetic, visionary eye that can see meaning and even beauty in things and people that appear on the surface to be mundane, derelict, pointless or absurd.

Ostensibly the film is about a group of kids, mainly black, who spend their time goofing around, as kids do, until there's a tragic accident, and then a heroic rescue, and George (Donald Holden) is at the centre of both the accident and rescue. And George is already marked out as an exceptional character, not only because he has a weak skull and has to wear a helmet, but because pretty Nasia (Candace Evanofski) has switched her affections to him from an apparently more attractive companion. The children are surrounded by, and inter-mingle with, a mixed bunch of adults, the most prominent being a group of manual workers, who alternately josh each other and make would-be serious statements. However sceptical he or she might have been initially, by the end of the film the viewer accepts that George is exceptional and possibly a potential hero; but whether the world in general will ever recognise this is more doubtful; though the movie ends on a hopeful note.

Technically, the film is fine; with great photography, striking visuals, and effective music. Nevertheless, it is hard to follow, because of its rough edges and loose ends; it is probably best regarded not as a narrative, but more as a series of vignettes. From a conventional viewpoint, much of the acting by Green's amateur cast, is "bad", reminiscent of early dramatised documentaries by, say, Robert Flaherty; but this crudity and stiltedness add to the surreal feel of the movie, and give the characters a grittiness that smooth "good" acting might not. Of all the movies I've seen lately, this is one I'd like to see again, when an opportunity arises.


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