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George Washington -- Over the course of one hot summer, a group of children in the rural south are forced to confront a tangle of difficult choices in a decaying world.

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David Gordon Green (written by)
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Release Date:
28 September 2001 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
down this twisted road, please watch over my soul and lift me up so gently so as not to touch the ground.
Plot:
A group of children, in a depressed small town, band together to cover up a tragic mistake one summer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
9 wins & 15 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(7 articles)
Shotgun Stories
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 28 March 2008)

David Gordon Green on "Snow Angels"
 (From IFC. 4 March 2008, 4:22 AM, PST)

WIP turns Green with 2 projects
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 20 March 2007)

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immensely subtle, brilliantly realized See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Candace Evanofski ... Nasia
Donald Holden ... George
Damian Jewan Lee ... Vernon
Curtis Cotton III ... Buddy

Rachael Handy ... Sonya

Paul Schneider ... Rico Rice

Eddie Rouse ... Damascus
Janet Taylor ... Aunt Ruth
Derricka Rolle ... Whitney

Ebony Jones ... Denise
Jonathan Davidson ... Euless
Scott Clackum ... Augie
Beau Nix ... Rico's Father
Jason Shirley ... Railroad Worker
William Tipton ... Railroad Worker
Balla Keita ... Railroad Worker

Will Janowitz ... Railroad Worker
Shannon Davis ... Railroad Worker
Ryan Morris ... Railroad Worker
Christian Gustaitis ... Tyler
Joyce Mahaffey ... Tyler's Mom
Johnny 'Blue' Gardner ... George's Doctor
Rudy Anderson ... Sonya's Attorney
Henry Harris ... Baptist (as Henry A. Harris)
Alan Thompson ... George's Father
Stephanie Grant ... Buddy's Momma
Tabitha Bell ... Interviewer

Chris Kennedy ... Strong Man
Richard Skaggs ... Uncle Sam
Stephen Vazquez ... Boy at the Wreck
Jocelyn Bond ... Nasia's Friend
Kimberley Rogers ... Nasia's Friend
Olivia Walker ... Nasia's Friend

Yolanda Hairston ... News Woman
Thomas Cormier ... Camera Man
Christof Gebert ... The sound Man
Clinton Campbell Jr. ... Photographer
Smokey ... The Dog

Directed by
David Gordon Green 
 
Writing credits
David Gordon Green (written by)

Produced by
Sam Froelich .... executive producer
David Gordon Green .... producer
Sacha W. Mueller .... producer
Lisa Muskat .... producer
Erin Aldridge Orr .... co-producer (as Erin Aldridge)
Darius Shahmir .... line producer (as Daria Shahmir)
Craig Zobel .... co-producer (as R. Craig Zobel)
 
Original Music by
Michael Linnen 
David Wingo 
 
Cinematography by
Tim Orr (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Zene Baker 
Steven Gonzales 
 
Production Design by
Richard A. Wright  (as Richard Wright)
 
Art Direction by
Richard A. Wright  (as Richard Wright)
 
Costume Design by
Michael Tully 
 
Makeup Department
Jeremy Macklem .... special makeup effects artist
Michael Tully .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
David C. Cook .... post-production supervisor (as David Cook)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Benji Gillespie .... first assistant director
Andrew Gillis .... second unit director
Danny McBride .... additional second unit director
 
Art Department
Mike Chapman .... art
Charlie Dugan .... swing
Berndt Mader .... swing
 
Sound Department
C-Note .... sound effects editor
E-Rod .... dialogue editor
Scott Elliot .... sound assistant
Gonzalo Espinoza .... sound effects editor (as Bino Espinoza)
Christof Gebert .... location sound engineer
Charlie Harring .... foley artist (as Charles Harring)
Thomas Kilzer .... foley recordist
David Kitchens .... sound supervisor
Jacky Kreple .... sound assistant
Michael Kreple .... sound effects editor
Chris McDonough .... sound coordinator
Eliza Pollack Zebert .... dialogue editor (as Eliza Zebert)
Paige Pollack .... foley artist
Eric Reuveni .... sound coordinator
Ken Skoglund .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Webb .... sound assistant
Suzanne Willard .... assistant sound
David Wingo .... boom operator
Ben Zarai .... foley recordist
Ben Zarai .... supervising sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Gardner .... assistant camera: second unit
Jason Musco .... second assistant camera
Ryan Nelson .... grip
Brian Nisbett .... dolly grip
Brian Nisbett .... still photographer
Steve Pedulla .... additional photographer
Steve Pedulla .... gaffer
Matthew A. Petrosky .... first assistant camera
Brian Sides .... grip
David Speck .... clapper loader
Ray Stilson .... grip
Adam Stone .... additional photographer
Adam Stone .... director of photography: second unit
Adam Stone .... lighting: second unit
Karey Williams .... additional photographer
Karey Williams .... key grip
Karey Williams .... underwater director of photography
Kenneth Wilson II .... assistant camera
Kenneth Wilson II .... best boy
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jessica Mickey .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Ivo Stainoff .... color timer
 
Other crew
Ryan Arnett .... production assistant
Anna Dudley .... continuity
Charlie Dugan .... wrangler
Emmy Ellison .... production coordinator (as Elizabeth Ellison)
Chris Gonzales .... computer consultant
Elaine Green .... teacher
Laura Thompson .... assistant to director
 
Thanks
Wade Adams .... thanks
Lantz Barbour .... thanks
Ben Best .... thanks
Molly Bradford .... thanks
Peter Broderick .... thanks
Rick Brophy .... thanks
Shawn Byrd .... thanks
Matt Chapman .... thanks
Mike Chapman .... thanks
Robert E. Collins .... thanks (as Robert Collins)
Kevan Cyka .... thanks
Clarke Dummit .... thanks
Giuli Dummit .... thanks
Joe Dunton .... thanks
Pat Dye .... thanks
Patty Dye .... thanks
Ralph Fairweather .... the producers wish to thank: Apple Computer
Peter F. Fedak III .... thanks (as Peter Fedak)
Butter Fisher .... thanks
Carlos Gallardo .... thanks
Ralph Gibson .... the producers wish to thank: Oakview Barbershop
Gordon Green .... thanks
Jeanne Green .... thanks
Sam Grogg .... thanks
Brian Harrison .... the producers wish to thank: Apple Computer
Gary Hawkins .... thanks
Gill Holland .... thanks
Anne Hunter .... thanks
Bryan Johnson .... thanks (as Big)
Erv Karwelis .... the producers wish to thank: Idol Records (as Erv)
Loran Kary .... the producers wish to thank: Film Logic
Ida Keptner .... thanks
Ron Keptner .... thanks
Robert Kessel .... thanks
Terry King .... thanks
David Kitchens .... thanks
Bryan Kupko .... thanks (as Brian Kupco)
Nan Mahle .... thanks
James Marcovitz .... thanks (as James Marcowitz)
Dominic Mouzon .... thanks
Douglas Nabors .... thanks (as Doug Nabors)
Phil Newsome .... thanks
Anis Panjwani .... thanks
Sarah Pillsbury .... thanks
Harvey Platt .... thanks
Sandy Platt .... thanks
Dale Pollock .... thanks
Janice Price .... thanks
Christopher Quinn .... thanks
Susan Quinn .... thanks
Dean Ramser .... thanks
Brian Reis .... thanks
Eric Reuveni .... thanks
Greg Ridge .... thanks
Sylvia Ridge .... thanks
Midge Sanford .... thanks
Sandra Schulberg .... thanks
Sharon Sklar .... thanks (as Sharan Sklar)
Milton Tabbot .... thanks
Onur Tukel .... thanks
Chris Waldorf .... thanks
Dave Webb .... thanks
Janice Lauf Wellerstein .... thanks (as Janice Wellerstein)
Karey Williams .... thanks
Pete 'The Dog Man' Zellmer .... thanks
Pat Zobel .... thanks
Roger Zobel .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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89 min | Argentina:94 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | USA:90 min (TV version)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Quotes:
Nasia:Sometimes I smile and laugh when I think of all the great things you're gonna do. I hope you live forever.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Under the Undertow (2005) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
He Will Always Stay (The Holy Spirit)See more »

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16 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
immensely subtle, brilliantly realized, 16 September 2002

When I first saw "George Washington" at the L.A. Independent Film Festival, I remarked to a colleague that I wasn't sure if the film was "brilliant," or if it was "a student film." He remarked, in kind, that "it was a brilliant student film." At the time, I agreed. But after repeated viewings of "George Washington," I think I am starting to encounter its sheer sublime brilliance... and in retrospect, it is one of the most beautifully realized films I've ever seen. As a Southerner, I can't recall a film that has better captured the mood of the rural South. The film's languid pacing--set amidst its plush backdrop of swimming pools, the rusted steel of dilapidated factories, children playing in the sun, immense greenery, and diverse ethnic culture--continually transports me back to the South that I experienced growing up. Its operatic photography mixes a complex cinematic chemistry that, for me, feels more and more like a documentary in tone the more I watch it. Yet for all the film's structural "looseness," there is that one story strand that seems to always hit from an unforeseen angle, which softly jerks you back to the story just as you start to think the film is losing focus. The film's pace seems centered on this hypnotic lulling style: the narrative rope slackens almost to the point of no return, until all of a sudden that rope is pulled taut by its sheer weight. Other reviews here accurately describe what "George Washington" is about, so I will defer to them for story description. Unfortunately, in many descriptions here, people (mistakenly) see "randomness" in the film's structure. But the story's elements are just so beautifully and intricately weaved that one can actually leave the film truly wondering if there was any structure to it at all. This is absolutely not a "by chance" occurance. It is the mystifying brilliance of this classical tale: the languid pacing almost fosters Southern-style "forgetfulness" to the point that the story seems to forget about itself and fold inward. All the stories fall into each other so smoothly that it's easy to forget and begin wondering "what happened?" But this style is in fact the film's structure, and is absolutely the intended hypnotic effect, which is so reflective of the mood of Southern culture (if I am allowed to state this so broadly). I've now seen the film about ten times, and I can confidently state that "George Washington"'s immense subtlety in this regard should not be overlooked. There are many examples of backstory that David Gordon-Green (the writer/director) leaves just underneath the surface, waiting to be found. For example, in the relatively minor scene where George visits his imprisoned father, it's amazing to consider just how much that simple scene reveals of George's strange circumstances. Without being obvious and saying directly to the viewer "x happened, now y occurs," we are all of a sudden introduced to George's complex emotional world. We are given an image (but not an explanation) as to why he now lives with Damascus. What's the backstory here? Did George's father murder his mother? We are told nothing directly. But after the incident with Buddy, George is able to come to some sort of terms with his father--who remains silent, smoking a cigarette behind bars. George tells his father that he once didn't believe him, but now believes him... and loves him. The film's central theme--that of George becoming a hero--is most exemplified in this moment... and is in my estimation the biggest character building moment of the film. In a quick two minute scene (which, action-wise, is relatively forgettable), we all of a sudden encounter George as a growing adolescent in a very complex adult world: as guilty, as scared, as proud, as strong, as knowing, as forgiving. It's as though his conscience were born in that moment of inner conflict, and provides the measure for his becoming a hero later in the film. (As a wise man once told me, one can only become a hero by being, at some point, the opposite of a hero.) I think the typical response that George's heroism is ironic in the film should be discredited by the depth of his character. Far from ironic, he is simply a hero who begins to grasp the price of heroism. "George Washington" is rife with little gems like this. So many subtleties abound here, like Nasia's fascinating narration told from the future perfect tense (revealed only once in a phrase halfway through the film)--told as though the story were some sort of Southern archetypal memory. Or Damascus' pre-text for quitting his job, so subtley inserted in the beginning that you forget about it by the time you realize what his phobias are. Or even George's breathtaking "admission," as indicated in the interrogation office through a jerk-reaction sniff that seems to come two paces too late. How much is revealed in that small action! "George Washington" is one of the most artful and intricately directed films I've ever seen. It is the kind of film that, like its story, will never crack the (canonical) surface because of its deep subtleties... but which, because of that, is what will always make it shine.

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