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Child of God -- Lester Ballard, a dispossessed, violent man in 1960s Tennessee, collapses into a life of crime and degradation.


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Vince Jolivette (screenplay)
James Franco (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 August 2014 (Australia) See more »
A dispossessed, violent man's life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Scott Haze ... Lester Ballard

Tim Blake Nelson ... Sheriff Fate

James Franco ... Jerry

Jim Parrack ... Deputy Cotton
Steve Hunter ... Auctioneer

Brian Lally ... John Greer

Elena McGhee ... Lady In White

Nina Ljeti ... Victim #1

Nathan Mohebbi ... Boyfriend of Victim #1
Jeremy Ambler ... Boy With The Rifle
Ethan Cline ... Aaron
Kristen Adams ... Ms. Walker

Fallon Goodson ... Girly
Trevor Pillinger ... Boyfriend of Girly
Ciera Danielle ... Salesgirl (as Ciera Parrack)

Boyd Smith ... Mr. Fox

Terrance Huff ... The Pitchman
Caroline Smith ... Mother at the Fair
Kali Willow Hudson ... Little Girl at The Fair
Autumn Ember ... Little Girl at The Fair
Joseph Wallace ... Prisoner
John Holt ... Preacher

Vince Jolivette ... Ernest

Coby Batty ... Hunter
Bobby L. Dunbar ... Carnival Vendor
Michael Holstine ... Farmer

Bradley Wayne James ... Boyfriend at the Quarry House (as Brad Kaz)
Anna Kooris ... Screaming lady
Zachary Labin ... Fred the Hunter
Shayne Workman ... Jess
Mac Maguire ... Joe Bill (voice)

Todd Quillen ... Narrator

Wade Williams ... Narrator

Directed by
James Franco 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Franco  screenplay
Vince Jolivette  screenplay
Cormac McCarthy  novel

Produced by
Caroline Aragon .... producer
Julie Buck .... line producer
Vince Jolivette .... producer
Miles Levy .... producer
Kristie Lutz .... line producer
Original Music by
Aaron Embry 
Cinematography by
Christina Voros 
Film Editing by
Curtiss Clayton 
Casting by
Terry Berland 
Production Design by
Kristen Adams 
Art Direction by
Eric Morrell 
Set Decoration by
Nora Mendis 
Costume Design by
Malgosia Turzanska 
Makeup Department
Ginger Basham .... key hair stylist (as Ginger Basham-Workman)
Ginger Basham .... special makeup effects artist (as Ginger Basham-Workman)
Dustin Blankenship .... special makeup effects artist
Nathaniel De'Lineadeus .... dental FX design and manufacture
Sarah Hindsgaul .... wig artist
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Amy Wadford .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Julie Buck .... unit production manager
Richie Hill .... executive in charge of production
Kristie Lutz .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Caroline Aragon .... first assistant director
Jason Hively .... second second assistant director
Iris Torres .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jen Davis .... props
Patrick Jackson .... leadman
Kari Jaick .... art assist
Kari Jaick .... set dresser
Sound Department
Neil Benezra .... sound editor
Lara Dale .... foley artist
Jesse Ehredt .... sound recordist
Art Espinosa .... foley editor
Dylan Goodwin .... boom operator
Justin Herman .... sound engineer
Robert Jackson .... supervising dialogue editor
Scott Kramer .... re-recording mixer
Scott Kramer .... supervising sound editor
Robert Langley .... sound mixer
Tim Limer .... sound recordist
Travis MacKay .... adr mixer
Alex Noyes .... sound editor
A. Josh Reinhardt .... sound mixer
Leslie Shatz .... re-recording mixer
John St. Denis .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Brian Merrick .... special effects
Austin Murray .... special effects foreman
Visual Effects by
Elbert Irving IV .... visual effects coordinator: Wildfire VFX
Caleb Owens .... digital compositor
Lauren Ritchie .... visual effects producer: Wildfire VFX
Dottie Starling .... visual effects supervisor: Wildfire VFX
Camera and Electrical Department
Stratton Bailey .... key grip
Chad Dougherty .... gaffer
Sam Ellison .... first assistant camera: a
Andrew Juhl .... digital imaging technician
Carling McManus .... still photographer
Chris McMillion .... assistant camera
Dave Romero .... best boy grip
Zach Rubin .... first assistant camera
Jen Susman .... still photographer
Bruce Thierry Cheung .... camera operator: "b" camera
David Wagenaar .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Sam Holdren .... casting director: local
Alaina Hower .... local casting assistant
Jordon Masters .... local casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hayley Swinson .... costume assistant
Jennifer Louise Tillery .... costume supervisor
Jennifer Louise Tillery .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Jay Davis .... assistant editor
Eyal Dimant .... colorist
Location Management
Zach Horton .... location manager
Music Department
Jason Altshuler .... music editor
John Warrin .... additional music editor
Other crew
Scott Bedno .... international sales: Spotlight Pictures
Sheridan Cleland .... production assistant
David Garrett .... production legal
Zachary Labin .... production assistant
Terry Lively .... animal wrangler
Matt McCombs .... international sales: Spotlight Pictures
Ryan McCombs .... international sales: Spotlight Pictures
Jennifer Grey Ogrin .... production coordinator
Carlos Rincon .... international sales: Spotlight Pictures
Adam W. Rosen .... legal services
Phillip Rush .... production assistant
Mark Totten .... production assistant
Rowdy Vass .... production assistant
Isaac Vess .... production assistant
Jeremy Ambler .... thank you to
Jasper Moore .... special thanks
Christine Park .... thanks
Chase Pipes .... special thanks
Elissa Shay .... very special thanks
Jeffrey Tinnell .... thanks

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Additional Details

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Rated R for disturbing aberrant sexual content, nudity, language and some violence
104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Actor Scott Haze moved to Sevierville, Tennessee to prepare for the dynamic and challenging role of Lester Ballard. Scott Haze lived in an isolated cabin in the woods, lost 50lbs and was reportedly sleeping in caves some nights.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Lester carries the dead girl through the woods, her right arm twitches upward twice in anticipation of grabbing the actor when he attempts to lift her again.See more »
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Not a film to like, 5 October 2014
Author: Gordon-11 from Earth

This film is about a woodsman who is violent and lonesome. He is a disturbed individuals disowned and disliked by the village.

The main character is a man who is wildly different from the other villagers. He cannot relate to other people, and lives in a world of his own. Despite him being a child of God, his behavior becomes increasingly erratic and violent. He's not a character to like, and not just because of his horrid behavior but also of his appearance. I guess "Child of God" is a good film because it evokes a reaction in the mind of viewers, and provoke thoughts on how a person can descend to such lowly depths. It's not a film to like, but to admire for its artistic achievements.

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