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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.

Director:

David Gordon Green

Writers:

David Gordon Green, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson (based on the film "Either Way")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Rudd ... Alvin
Emile Hirsch ... Lance
Lance LeGault ... Truck Driver
Joyce Payne Joyce Payne ... Lady
Gina Grande Gina Grande ... Madison
Lynn Shelton ... Madison (voice)
Larry Kretschmar Larry Kretschmar ... Lumberjack
Enoch Moon Enoch Moon ... Lumberjack
David L. Osborne Jr. David L. Osborne Jr. ... Lumberjack
Danni Wolcott Danni Wolcott ... Lumberjack
Morgan Calderoni Morgan Calderoni ... Kid
Savanna Porter Savanna Porter ... Kid
Juniper Smith Juniper Smith ... Kid
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Storyline

After a rough time working a night shift job in the city, Alvin is spending the summer on a remote two-man public works crew painting lines on newly paved roads through what is a recently wildfire-ravaged region of Texas. He is camping along the way living off the land, even doing so on his days off. He is what he considers a responsible man, earning and sending money to his girlfriend, Madison, a single mother, so that she need not concern herself with anything besides child rearing. The junior second that Alvin hires for his crew is Madison's brother, Lance. Alvin's controlling and judgmental nature comes to the surface in his dealings with more immature and irresponsible Lance, who goes back to the city on the weekends so that he can have "his little man squeezed", something he cannot understand in Alvin being without Madison or any woman for such a long stretch of time. Alvin prefers to stay in the burnt out woods on the weekends as being alone with his thoughts and his chores - ... Written by Huggo

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An Evocative Wonder. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

19 September 2013 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Bлaстелин разметки See more »

Filming Locations:

Bastrop, Texas, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$725,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,694, 11 August 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$204,951, 15 November 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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Emile Hirsch's character "Lance" wears Ray-Ban Aviator glasses with the "Ray-Ban" logo printed on one lens. Ray-Ban did not add the lens logo until the late 1990's. 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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Crazy Credits

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Soundtracks

Loud N' Restless
Performed by Loosely Tight
Written by Dennis Livingston
Published by Trailerville Music, BMI
Courtesy of Fervor Records Vintage Masters
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Unexpectedly good
18 November 2013 | by cinematic_aficionadoSee all my reviews

A story about two men working on motorway maintenance. That's it. From the opening to closing scene we are presented with a series of interchanges of these two guys working the asphalt. One might rush to assume that it probably is a dull experience but in truth it was far from it.

There was something about the realism and humanity of the interaction that would maintain the audience's attention and engagement. Slowly, we became part of the ordinary lives of these two men and our interest in their dealings with one another only increased and thus making this a largely unnoticed gem.


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