George Washington

Synopsis: Set in a small town in North Carolina, George Washington is the story of a tight-knit multi-racial group of working-class kids caught in a tragic lie. After a twelve-year-old girl breaks up with her boyfriend for a sensitive, deeply introspective thirteen-year-old boy named George, a bizarre series of events and an innocent cover-up launches their insular group on individual quests for redemption.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): David Gordon Green
Production: Code Red
  9 wins & 15 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

Did you think we were gonna | be together forever?

You know, you act like such a little kid.

Like, you're a little eight-year-old runnin' | around, bein' goofy.

You know, I just can't stand it anymore.

What do you want me to say?

Don't say nothin'.

Can I say I'm sorry?

It's too late. Just don't say nothin'.

Can I kiss you one last time?

Tell me. Tell me that you love me.

Do you love me?

They used to get around...

...walkin'around, lookin'at stuff.

They used to try to find clues | to all the mysteries...

...and mistakes God had made.

My friend George said that he was | gonna live to be 100 years old.

"He said"... "He said that he was gonna be" | the president of the United...


I wanted to see him lead a parade and | wave a flag on the Fourth ofJuly.

He just wanted greatness.

The grown-ups in my town...

...they were never kids | like me and my friends.

They had worked in wars and built machines.

It was hard for them to find their peace.

Don't you know how that feels?

I like to go to beautiful places...

...where there's waterfalls | and empty fields.

Just places that are nice | and calm and quiet.

Come back here!

You will not defeat me!

- Hi, George. | - Hi.

- What you doin'? | - Nothin'.

You will die in the graveyard of... | You know what I mean.

'Cause I am smooth!

Bam, bam, Bud-dy!

- Who's cat is that? | - This is Nancy the cat.

I'm baby-sittin' her for my cousin.

She's in Florida somewhere.

So, why aren't you over there | with Vernon and them?

My head hurts.

Yeah, my legs hurt.

I love you! I love you!

This is war!

When I look at my friends, | I know there's goodness.

I can look at their feet, | or when I hold their hands...

I pretend I can see the bones inside.

This place is falling apart faster | than we can do anything.

You're supposed to be a leader, Damascus.

You oughta look around and see the hazards.

I'm holding you for a day's pay.

You're holding me | for a day's pay? A day's pay?

End of discussion. | I've got a train yard to run.

That's what I'm talkin' about. | I'm talkin' about conditions.

I'm talkin' about goin' home every night | and not coughing up blood.

I'm talkin' about I got burns | on the back of my neck.

I'm talkin' about animals runnin' up, | tearin' up track.

What am I 'posed to do | when one of those dogs bite me, huh?

Your workman's compensation | doesn't cover that, does it?

Think about it, Damascus. | You're a good worker.

Don't do anything you're gonna | regret six months from now.


I'm thinkin' about it.

The first time George saw his dog... was sittin'in some feces.

It didn't have anywhere to go, | no one to love it.

It couldn't do no harm but walk.

Ears are nasty, his head is nasty...

...his legs are nasty, his tail's crooked.

- Ahhh! | - Get off me, man! You play too much.

Hey, Augie, now that Damascus quit, | I bet my dad makes you supervisor.

- Yeah, wouldn't that be fun? | - Maybe you'll get a raise. Hey, could I get a...


I am absolutely disgusted with all of you. | Completely disgusted.

Look at what you eat for lunch. | Look at that. What is that? That's...


- "It's fudge. " | - "Euless. "

- Nobody cares what you're saying. | - It causes cancer.

- You're gay. | - I'm not gay. I have a wife, okay?

It causes cancer. At least, if you're | gonna eat that, have some almonds.

How do you deal with yourself? | When I go to the bathroom...

I like to be proud of what happens.

I like to be proud of the whole experience.

I like to know that it smells | sweet, not horrible.

Hold up, hold up. There are two hot dogs | with chili somewhere in my pant...


Why are you always toting | that toothbrush around for?

I'll tell you what. | Why don't you guys try some salad?

- "I have a mixed salad in my bag. " | - "Euless, I don't eat at all. "

- I don't eat at all. | - And you don't stretch before you work, either.

When I get a hankering for something to eat, | I chew it and spit it out.

Know what I'm sayin'?

Hey, there's those kids again. | They're trying to steal a car.

No. Uh-uh. Excuse me. | You'll not touch that. No.

It's that crazy n*gger, Rico Rice.

You just get off that bike.

My dad's at lunch right now, but you know | what he said he'd do if he caught... around here again.

I'd like to see him try.

Sonya, excuse me, but you're already | busted for stealin' Nathan Worthin's...

If my pop comes out here | shootin' his machine gun... ain't gonna be me goin' to | federal prison or sittin' in the electric...


- "Shock!" | - This piece of junk ain't doin' nothin' but sittin' in a ditch.

Well, duh. I gotta fix the damn thing.

"Well, duh. I gotta fix the damn thing. "

I believe it's on.

Whoo! Now say that to my face, | playboy! Whoo! Burnt bacon!

- Oh, man! | - Come on, get it on!

Break it, break it, break it. | Break it up. Break it up.

- Come on, man! | - You'll get us all fired.

Here's the story. Buddy, George and Vernon, | you can touch the bike.

Sonya, you cannot.

- "What's happening, Buddy? | - "What's happening?"

- How're you doin'? Long time no see. | - Yeah.

- How's your moms? | - She doin' all right.

- Yeah? | - Still got trouble gettin' to sleep at night.

- That's tough, man. | - Yeah.

- She's been through a lot, you know? | - Yeah, but she's okay.

I just gotta sing to her | before she goes to bed at night.

Otherwise, she can't get to sleep.

Kinda stupid, but it don't bother me. | Makes me sleepy too.

What kind of songs you sing to her?

Uh... She likes the theme | to "Blazing Saddles. "

- How's your pee? | - How's my what?

Your pee. Your urine. Is it clear?

Oh, yeah, yeah.

Good. Means you're healthy.


- Why are you tryin' to get pregnant so bad? | - Who's gonna have a baby?

I don't know. I guess | I just wanna be a baby's mama.

- What about Darrian? | - Oh, child, please.

He is too ugly to be the father of my child.

Let me tell you, guys ain't nothin'.

They break up with you, then they beg you | to get back, and then they break...

...up again.

You should've just | left them alone the first time.

I know. It's like if you don't wanna go | with a guy, and you break up with them...

...then they beg you to go back so that | they could break up with you.

Then they can go tellin' their friends, | "Oh, yeah, I broke up with this girl. "

I don't understand why they go through | all that. They get on my nerves...


I mean, I swear, | my ex boyfriend makes me sick.

He always wanted to argue. | He'd act childish. He's older than me.

Y'all know y'all are not gonna | find nobody in this town...

...that's, that's even close | to bein' perfect.

Y'all gotta get out, go travelin'.

You see Nasia and George | at the park today talking?

Yo, man, what's up with that, yo?

She better not be tryin' | to hurt my feelings...

...and she better not be | hookin' up with him.

Man, this is something that girls do, man.

They try to dump you and then | go with your best friend, yo.

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David Gordon Green

David Gordon Green (born April 9, 1975) is an American filmmaker. He has directed dramas such as George Washington (2000), All the Real Girls (2003), and Snow Angels (2007), as well as the thriller Undertow (2004), all of which he wrote or co-wrote. In 2008, he transitioned into comedy, directing the films Pineapple Express (2008), Your Highness and The Sitter (both 2011), as well as episodes of the HBO comedy Eastbound & Down (2009–13). In 2013, he returned to his more dramatic roots with the independent films Prince Avalanche and Joe. Since then, he has directed the films Manglehorn (2014), Our Brand Is Crisis (2015), Stronger (2017), and episodes of the television comedy-drama Red Oaks (2014–2017), which he also executive produces. Green will next direct the upcoming eleventh installment in the Halloween franchise, which he co-wrote with frequent collaborator Danny McBride and takes place forty years after the events of the original 1978 film. more…

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