Prince Avalanche

Synopsis: 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 - ma
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): David Gordon Green
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  3 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min





To see you.



To see you.


To see you.


To see you again.


Nice to see you again.



It's nice to see you again.



# you're gettin' ready to work

# it seems you got

a bad connection #


# no reception

# what will it take

to make you understand? #

# bad reaction,

what would... #


What are you doing?

I was falling asleep.

I thought it would be a good idea

to change the station situation.

It wasn't. I was

listening to that.

I know, but it's boring

for the rest of us.

I was falling asleep

doing work.

So what?

So... I want to play

this tape.

I want to play this tape to

get motivated and pumped up...

I know, I know, I know you want

to play that tape, but look.

You know what, lance? I'm

not here to start a fight.

That's not what I want to do,

But I need to listen to my

language tapes in order to become

Proficient and perform to

the best of my abilities.

What about... What about

the equal time agreement?

That doesn't apply to

studies and education.

What do you mean? The equal

time boom box agreement

Doesn't apply

in this case, all right?

That's just for recreation.

Oh, come on!

Hey! Don't push my

buttons, all right?

You are not the boss here.

I am the boss.

I hired you.

Now we have a lot

of work to do.

We could sit here arguing

about language and music

And blah-De-De-Blah, but we

got a lot of work to do,

We got a lot of lines to paint,

And it's a very long road.

I suggest you start the

machine and keep it going.





You have your tool belt

on backwards.


Let's just enjoy the silence.



Dear Madison,

Thank you for your

poetic letter.


There is so little

to do out here.

I must have read it

a hundred times.

Being out here helps me

see things more clearly.

Sometimes it's heaven,

sometimes it's hell,

But out-Of-Doors physical labor

is just what I need

After those endless

night shifts in garland,

Which certainly contributed to

our troubles during the spring.

I do feel much better,

although I miss you and olive.

I can't say I miss city life.

I was beginning to feel like I was one

of those heads carved into the mountains

Of those presidents of the

united states in the Dakotas,

Lonely among all those people

I couldn't talk to.

As for your brother,

The countryside isn't

teaching him anything

Other than how much he misses

the big, active nightlife.

I think that you and the family need to think

of something else as far as his occupation.

He, quite realistically, could

never amount to anything.

How can you be his age

and not know how to gut a fish

Or build a tent or tie a knot?

Sometimes I wonder

if he is learning-Disabled

Or has a bad disease,

Not that I dislike him

or anything.

He's totally fine.

Alvin, I'm finished.


I'm done with this one.

Could I have another one?

Yeah, well, put that one back.


Wait, you didn't do... You

didn't write in it, did you?

Yeah. I worked

the puzzle.

Oh, no... Don't do that.

Don't do that, please.

That's a collector's item.

It's an antique.

It's rare.

Do you understand?

I'm out here to have my things

treated well, with respect.

I get it.

I get it, yeah.

Do you, really?


You hearing?

You are hearing me?

Yes, yes.

I get it.

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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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