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Lullaby -- Stephanie is a middle-aged woman living in Tennessee, waiting tables to help her family make ends meet. Her son Steven (Renier Basson) has fallen in with a gang of ruthless drug dealers; and while she's still willing to do anything for her son, he often takes advantage of her unconditional love for him. Stephanie hasn't heard from Steven for several months when she gets a call from T-Boy, a dope dealer and pimp living in Johannesburg; T-Boy is holding Steven hostage, and won't set him free unless someone pays him off. Scraping together the last of her life's savings, Stephanie flies to South Africa to come to Steven's rescue. Stephanie discovers the go-between in the payoff is Steven's girlfriend Tina, who is also a prostitute in T-Boy's stable. As Tina makes Stephanie jump though hoops before leading her to T-Boy and her son's captors, Stephanie refuses to give up or give in until she sees that Steven is safe.


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  (in credits order)

Melissa Leo ... Stephanie Armstrong

Joey Dedio ... T-Boy

Lisa-Marie Schneider ... Tina
Renier Basson ... Steven Armstrong
Richard Njoki ... Gimar
Meren Reddy ... Taxi driver
Fiona Ramsay ... Elizabeth
Kyle Siebert ... Kyle
Russel Savadier ... Joe

LaDonna Pettijohn ... Flo (as Ladonna Pettijohn)
Andre Odendaal ... Pawn shop owner
Jason Kennett ... Pharmacy clerk
Robert Colman ... Sugardaddy (as Robert Coleman)

Directed by
Darrell Roodt  (as Darrell James Roodt)
Writing credits
Ivan Milborrow (screenplay) and
Donald A. Barton (screenplay) &
Michael D. Sellers (screenplay)

Produced by
Donald A. Barton .... producer
Jan Basson .... executive producer
Anton Ernst .... producer
Bryan J. Fay .... co-producer
Richard Finney .... producer
Kerry Gregg .... producer
Kenneth F. Hickey .... co-producer
Ken Modise .... executive producer
Michael D. Sellers .... producer
Emil A. Skulski .... executive producer
John Thompson .... co-producer
Luke Vitale .... producer
Kurt Weber .... co-producer
Original Music by
Alun Richards 
Cinematography by
Jamie Ramsay 
Film Editing by
Avril Beukes 
Rika Camizianos 
Casting by
Christa Schamberger 
Production Design by
Katherine Ross 
Costume Design by
Zureta Schulz 
Makeup Department
Sharyn O'Neil .... key hair assistant
Michelle Saint Clair .... makeup and hair supervisor
Production Management
Saskia Rosenburg .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cameron Cozens .... second assistant director
Clive Stafford .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jonathan van Biljon .... property master
Sound Department
Andre Frauenstein .... sound designer
Andre Frauenstein .... sound effects editor
Rhomeez Petersen .... sound engineer
Jim Petrak .... dialogue editor
Jim Petrak .... sound re-recording mixer
Jim Petrak .... supervising sound editor
Alun Richards .... supervising sound editor
Neal van Biljon .... foley editor
Neal van Biljon .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Gerhard van der Heever .... special effects supervisor
Editorial Department
John Brink .... HD mastering supervisor
John Brink .... rushes transfer
Chris Goulden .... assistant editor
Music Department
Alun Richards .... music editor
Other crew
Saskia Derksen .... script supervisor
Ian McGreer .... action vehicle coordinator

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Rated R for drug content, language, some violence and sexuality
96 min
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Wow! Seriously?..., 27 December 2015
Author: Paul Magne Haakonsen from Denmark

This movie had potential to be good, no doubt about it, but it turned out as a ludicrous result. I wasn't nowhere near entertained by this movie, and it was solely because of a very poorly stitched together script and storyline.

The story is about an American mother who finds out that her son is held at ransom in South Africa. Traveling to Johannesburg, she sets out to find her son and bring him back to the USA.

Now, had that only been the storyline then "Lullaby" would have fared so much better, but no, that was not the case. I am not going to spoil anything here, but lets just say that I found this to be a boring and far too out there movie.

The acting in the movie was good, but it just wasn't nowhere near enough to salvage the movie, not by a long shot. But watching Melissa Leo rummage all over the slums of Johannesburg could only provide so much entertainment, and it got to be too much too fast.

No, this wasn't a particularly good movie in any way.

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