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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. An ambitiously constructed, sensuously photographed meditation on adolescence, the first feature film by director David Gordon Green features breakout performances from an award-winning ensemble cast.


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28 September 2001 (UK) See more »
down this twisted road, please watch over my soul and lift me up so gently so as not to touch the ground.
A group of children, in a depressed small town, band together to cover up a tragic mistake one summer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
9 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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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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  (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 Constance Walker ... Nasia's Friend (as Olivia Walker)
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
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 Walldorf .... 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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The film did not receive a theatrical release in Australia.See more »
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 »
George:I'm a hero because I like to save people's lives. Stuff like that.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Love the Hard Way (2001)See more »
Positions Jenny in DeeSee more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
George Washington on Reel 13, 14 November 2008
Author: eplromeo8 from United States

Even though GEORGE WASHINGTON lacks the star power of the Reel 13 Indies of late (IMAGINARY HEROES, SUNSHINE STATE), it's still a high profile independent film. It's legendary in the industry as the first film from indie auteur David Gordon Green. It also already has its own Criterion Collection Edition on DVD, so Channel 13 can hardly claim to have made a discovery here.

As disappointing as it is that Reel 13 has gone away from bringing us films that are new to us (though not that many of them were very good), you have to acknowledge that at the very least, we get an independent film that is wonderfully cinematic and well-crafted. David Gordon Green has a pretty simple formula – not a great deal of extraneous camera movement, realistic characters and scenes that are lyrically cut together with beautifully photographed landscapes. There is a certain poetry to his work that is all his own – a style that he worked to even greater impact with his follow-up film ALL THE REAL GIRLS.

As similar as the feel of GEORGE WASHINGTON is to that film, it's narrative is quite different and deals with a handful of young kids in a small, poor town somewhere in the South (Arkansas? NC?) as they deal with tragedy and the unstoppable nature of growing up. The kids, whom I suspect are all untrained actors, are all quite good, albeit playing characters that are perhaps more mature than their respective ages suggest. That aspect, along with the verisimilitude and honesty of the scenes, reminds me a lot of Peter Sollett's work. Not as much RAISING VICTOR VARGAS (which airs on Reel 13 in May) than the short it was based on – FIVE FEET HIGH AND RISING – only Green accomplishes a similar effect without a hand-held camera.

There a couple of nitpicky things that keeps GEORGE WASHINGTON from being as effective as the previously mentioned ALL THE REAL GIRLS. For starters, it's a little slow and hard to hear at times. Paul Schneider, who is outstanding in a much more significant role in REAL GIRLS, is more of a distraction here than an asset. His character, ostensibly intended for comic relief, is like a sixth toe on one foot – it doesn't stop you from walking normally, but it's really unnecessary. I also felt the voice-over was also extraneous – as if Green didn't trust us to comprehend his themes. The biggest issue I had with the film, though, is the surreal turn it takes in its last twenty minutes or so. Without giving too much away, it relates to changes in the main kid character, which are personified by a radical shift in wardrobe. While I see the overarching purpose of the choice – to explicate how the character deals with some of his misfortunes – it is a major shift in tone for the piece and stands out like a sore thumb against the quiet beauty of the rest of the film.

Still and all, beggars can't be choosers and having sat through some very questionable indie films over the last few months, GEORGE WASHINGTON is a very welcome change.

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