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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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Directed by
Darrell Roodt 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Donald A. Barton  screenplay
Ivan Milborrow 
Michael D. Sellers  screenplay

Produced by
Donald A. Barton .... producer
Anton Ernst .... producer
Bryan J. Fay .... co-producer
Richard Finney .... producer
Kerry Gregg .... producer
Kenneth F. Hickey .... co-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 
Sound Department
Andre Frauenstein .... sound designer
Andre Frauenstein .... sound effects editor
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
Music Department
Alun Richards .... music editor

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Rated R for drug content, language, some violence and sexuality
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Crazy, 12 January 2012
Author: valis1949 from United States

LULLABY does have a certain 'down-beat charm', but Melisa Leo's fine character acting is completely lost in this preposterous script. Not a single plot-point is even remotely believable. The entire plot turns on a single event. A woman gets a call from halfway around the world that her son will be harmed if she doesn't come up with some money. We don't know exactly what the deal is, but we know that it is a time for desperate measures. But, who would (could?) fly from a trashy trailer-park in the USA to Johannesburg, South Africa to pay a couple of thousand dollars in ransom? She spent more than that to get there! And, what follows is a random collection of shootings, armed robberies, public beatings of pregnant women, and excessive cigarette smoking that just get wilder, and wilder. This one is very hard to wrap your mind around.

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