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Prince Avalanche (2013)

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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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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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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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Comedy | Drama

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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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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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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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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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The inspection sticker on the truck used in the film has the date 2011 yet the film is based 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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Quiet and serious as a comedy can be--and slow as snails on valium
30 June 2015 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Prince Avalanche (2013)

I know this is meant to be a small, touching, offbeat film that charms and infiltrates the heart. But I found it a huge bore. I could never get over the threshold to connect with the characters, as likable as they are. The dialog is nice in a down home normal kind of way, and the two guys have a rapport which really might have a kind of resonance in a different setting.

The setting is quirky, off in the hinterlands of Texas, doing road crew work. So basically the two young men are alone. Usually they talk about little, or nothing, but now and then they get around to their faltering love lives back in the city. The light cuts across the scrubby tress, the road is narrow and forlorn, the air must smell good. It's a weird kind of heaven, and yet things are so wrong, too. Which is life, after all.

Now I may as well mention that the main character is Paul Rudd, who is a terrific actor. And I suppose he is terrific here, but can't lift up the thin world of the script all by himself. Emile Hirsch plays against him in this not-buddy story, and he's believable, too, so it isn't the acting that stifles.

Director David Gordon Green is also the writer, and I think as an Indie comedy there are things going on here some people might really click into. But you'll know in the first ten minutes what you're going to get in the following eighty. Give it a look and listen.


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