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Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.

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Lance
Lance LeGault ...
Truck Driver
Joyce Payne ...
Lady
Gina Grande ...
Madison
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Larry Kretschmar ...
Lumberjack
Enoch Moon ...
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David L. Osborne Jr. ...
Lumberjack
Danni Wolcott ...
Lumberjack
Morgan Calderoni ...
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Savanna Porter ...
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Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.

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Rated R for some sexual content. | See all certifications »

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19 September 2013 (Netherlands)  »

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Gelastos prigipas  »

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$725,000 (estimated)

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$36,694 (USA) (9 August 2013)

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$204,951 (USA) (15 November 2013)
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8.2 miles is 13196.6 metres. Divide by 9.6 metres for the stripes plus the distance between the stripes, and that's 1374.6 stripes. See more »

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Lance lights a cigarette with a BIC lighter which has a child safety lock, a feature they did not have in 1988. See more »

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[first lines]
Alvin: [about cassette tape] Hey! What are you doing?
Lance: I was falling asleep. I thought it would be a good idea to change the station situation.
Alvin: It wasn't. I was listening to that.
Lance: I know, but it's boring for the rest of us. I was falling asleep doing the work.
Alvin: So what?
Lance: So, I wanna play this tape. I wanna play this play to get motivated and pumped up, ya know?
Alvin: I know, I know you want to play that tape. Look, you know what, Lance, I'm not here to start a fight. That's not what I want to do. ...
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Written and Performed by Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch
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Utterly refreshing. Green is back. Rudd shines.
13 August 2013 | by (Suffolk, England) – See all my reviews

All hope was lost for David Gordon Green. After a string of cult-ready indie flicks, he sold out in the best possible way and made the hilarious Pineapple Express. I hoped it was a one off, or at least, that he would remain good at comedy. But the disappointing Your Highness and the 'I- can't-even-bear-to-look-at-its-IMDb-page' The Sitter don't look too promising for his future. Now with Prince Avalanche, it seems like he's taken a good look at himself and realized what he does best. Small scale dramas concerning the human condition, especially regarding romantic relationships. I always love good films about little-thought of jobs and the guys who do the line painting of the roads in the middle of nowhere is a fascinating one. Prince Avalanche is a dual character study of an introvert and an extrovert but goes beyond the 'odd couple' clichés. Together, they cover enough ground to find relatable areas, and with dialogue-driven scenes, it cuts to the core of what they live for and how that drive changes and grows throughout the course of the film.

Paul Rudd is absolutely outstanding here. I'm so glad he's finally found a role to test his dramatic talent without having to ignore his brand of comedy, though much of the humour of this film is incidental and sparse. He's incredibly subtle and commanding. Unfortunately, Emile Hirsch looks amateur next to Rudd and he rarely feels as sincere. Sometimes the little conflicts between them suffer because of it which make the film feel slower than it is, but they still drive the character development in an interesting way. Rudd aside, the highlight of the film is the great cinematography. Sometimes the cutaways and montages are more emotionally engaging than the words as they think of all the symbols possible in this environment with these characters. It's a film that conjures a mood more than anything and it reassures me that David Gordon Green never left, he was just taking a break. I regret that I've more or less forgotten what happens in his first four films but Avalanche makes me want to revisit them soon. It's a beautiful simple film which ends on a lovely hopeful note. A true catharsis from the social order of life and utterly refreshing to watch.

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