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Ballast (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama | 19 January 2008 (USA)
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A drama set in the Mississippi delta, where one man's suicide affects three people's lives.

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Lance Hammer

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Lance Hammer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Micheal J. Smith Sr. ... Lawrence
JimMyron Ross ... James
Tarra Riggs ... Marlee
Johnny McPhail ... John
Ventress Bonner Ventress Bonner ... Teen
Jimez Alexander ... Teen
Jean Paul Guillory Jean Paul Guillory ... Teen
Marcus Alexander Marcus Alexander ... Teen
Marquice Alexander Marquice Alexander ... Teen
Lawrence Jackson Lawrence Jackson ... Teen
Jeremy Jordan ... Paramedic
Steve Cabell Steve Cabell ... Paramedic
Sam Dobbins ... Ambulance Driver
Neil Pettigrew Neil Pettigrew ... Dispatcher (voice)
Sanjib Shrestha Sanjib Shrestha ... Dr. Shrestha
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A single mother and her embattled son struggle to subsist in a small Mississippi Delta township. An act of violence thrusts them into the world of an emotionally devastated highway store owner, awakening the fury of a bitter and longstanding conflict. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Balast See more »

Filming Locations:

Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,572, 5 October 2008

Gross USA:

$77,556

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,864
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alluvial Film Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

I'll Wait For Jesus
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Arranged by Clora T. Handy & Ann Nichols
Performed by The Canton Gospel Chorus
Courtesy of Talk of the Town Records
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Real life in the Delta
19 November 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Life is hard for a pimp. It is also hard for a poor mother (Tarra Riggs) to deal with after the suicide of her husband.

The twin/brother-in-law (Micheal J. Smith Sr.) is so depressed that he might just follow his brother, and her youngest (JimMyron Ross ) is heading in the wrong direction. They have a lot to deal with, and the film is about real people and how they deal with life and it's problems and setbacks.

The bleak cinematography really fits this film, as does the lack of a score. There is nothing to dance about, so why have music.

The inexperienced actors really shine, and writer/director Lance Hammer has much to be proud of in his first film.

Truly one of the best films of 2008.


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