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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
17 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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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Storyline

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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$76,211, 7 December 2008
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alluvial Film Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

I'll Wait For Jesus
Traditional
Arranged by Clora T. Handy & Ann Nichols
Performed by The Canton Gospel Chorus
Courtesy of Talk of the Town Records
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Lacklustre and flat
17 February 2009 | by natureguySee all my reviews

The idea for the film was interesting and had a lot of potential, however, I thought it was lacking in many ways.

The acting was very good, especially for actors who were not professionally trained and the shots were very interesting. However, the plot didn't seem to build or develop and frankly, I got bored. The end really came out of nowhere and certainly did not bring resolution to the story. I left the theatre feeling dissatisfied. The concept of having no written music was interesting, however the sound effects used sometimes overpowered the speaking and I wasn't always able to understand the actors.

Personally, I wouldn't recommend it to a friend, however, it looks like I am alone in this, as it is getting very good reviews!


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