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Child of God (2013)

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A dispossessed, violent man's disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order.



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Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee, "Child of God" is based on the third novel by acclaimed writer Cormac McCarthy, first published in 1973. It tells the strange story of Lester Ballard, a dispossessed, violent man whom the narrator describes as "a child of God much like yourself perhaps." Ballard's life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order in the 1960s. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for disturbing aberrant sexual content, nudity, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 August 2014 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Child of God - Filho de Deus  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,630, 3 August 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$37,949, 8 August 2014
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Scott Haze moved to Sevierville, TN, to prepare for the role of Lester Ballard. He lived in an isolated cabin in the woods, lost 50 pounds and was reportedly sleeping in caves some nights. See more »


Lester seems to have and endless supply of bullets. See more »


[repeated line]
Lester Ballard: Get off my fuckin property!
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Franco needs to refine his game
21 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

First off, I am a huge Cormac McCarthy fan, currently reading my 9th of his 10 novels. Child of God isn't one of my favorite novels of McCarthy's but it was still better than 95% of novels released in the last 30 years.

This movie's subject matter and plot are already going to reduce the audience to a small percent of would be viewers. I say plot, but McCarthy's novels are rarely, if ever, plot driven focusing more on the human condition. This novel is no different and thus the movie will have only a mild appeal to those who watch it for the plot.

All that said, the main actor is magnificent. He could not done better given the direction and role he had to play in my opinion and what really made this movie enjoyable for me. The rest just is a side show, at least for me.

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