- Cast: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, Lance LeGault, Joyce Payne, Gina Grande, Lynn Shelton, Larry Kretschmar, Enoch Moon, David L. Osborne Jr., Danni Wolcott, Morgan Calderoni, Savanna Porter, Juniper Smith
- Director: David Gordon Green
- Writers: David Gordon Green, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson
- Producers: James Belfer, David Gordon Green, Lisa Muskat, Derrick Tseng, Craig Zobel
- Co Producers: Berndt Mader, Alexander Uhlmann
- Executive Producers: Brad Coolidge, Melissa Coolidge, Árni Filippusson, Leo Joseph, Todd J. Labarowski, Tobias Munthe, Matt Reilly, Theo Youngstein, Davíd Óskar Ólafsson
- Art Direction: Joshua Locy
- Costume Design: Jill Newell
- D.O.P.: Tim Orr
- Editor: Colin Patton
- Makeup: Tara Cooper
- Musics: Explosions in the Sky, David Wingo
- Production Design: Richard A. Wright
An odd couple of sorts, meditative and stern Alvin and his girlfriend’s brother, Lance, dopey and insecure, leave the city behind to spend the summer in solitude repainting traffic lines down the center of a country highway ravaged by wildfire. As they sink into their job in the remarkable landscape, they learn more than they want to about each other and their own limitations.
An unlikely friendship develops through humor and nasty exchanges, leading to surprising affection. Adapted from Icelandic film "Either Way," "Prince Avalanche" is driven by wonderful performances by Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, and Lance LeGault. Writer/director David Gordon Green gets back to his independent roots with this character study, which shows his knack for realistically capturing people and finding meaning in their lives and dreams.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Texas, USA
- MPAA Warning: Some sexual content
- Production Companies: Muskat Filmed Properties, Rough House Pictures, Dogfish Pictures, Dreambridge Films, Lankn Partners, The Bear Media, To Get to the Other Side Productions
2013 Guide Analysis: "The "Pineapple Express" and "Your Highness" director seemingly shot this indie film in secret as no one seemed aware of it until after it was already complete. A remake of Icelandic filmmaker Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson's "Either Way," Green has swapped out the rocky Iceland landscapes for Texas where this version was shot.
The story is set in 1988 and chronicles the evolving friendship between two highway maintenance men who work together in the barren wilderness. Paul Rudd plays the meditative and stern Alvin, while Emile Hirsch is his girlfriend’s brother - the dopey and insecure Lance. Together they spend a summer repainting traffic lines down the center of a country highway ravaged by wildfire. Along the way they learn more than they want to know about each other and their own limitations.
The film was kept secret because Green apparently wanted to get back to his independent roots after working back-to-back on three major studio films. Don't expect some overly moody artistic piece like "Gerry" though, this one is said to be filled with filthy humor and affectionate bromance. We'll find out in a few days when it premieres at Sundance if this is a return to form for the director."