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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.

Director:

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 ... 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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Genres:

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

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
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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Ballast a must see
14 May 2008 | by ephes3See all my reviews

A movie about life after suicide can be very hard to depict, Ballast brings out the reality of life after suicide and the consequences of those actions. Filming in the South was excellent. The realness of what can happen after suicide was depicted in James' character. So many kids who loose a parent (especially a father) turn to the rough side of life. Marlee and Lawrence's characters were so real. Both of them should be commended for their acting skills. This is a must see film. The entire cast was very good. Lance Hammer did an excellent job in writing, directing, and producing this film.I was wondering if this was written from true accounts? The plot is so real to what is happening today, especially in the south. James and Lawrence's characters were very believable. Using local non-professional actors was risky, but all of them did an awesome job. There is so much talent in the south. Kudos to the entire cast including those who spoke only by body language.I hope this film wins lots of awards. I hope to see more of Lance Hammer's work.


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