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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.

Director:

James Franco

Writers:

James Franco (screenplay), Vince Jolivette (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Haze ... Lester Ballard
Tim Blake Nelson ... Sheriff Fate
Jim Parrack ... Deputy Cotton
Steve Hunter Steve Hunter ... Auctioneer
Brian Lally ... Greer
Elena McGhee ... Lady In White
Nina Ljeti Nina Ljeti ... First Victim
Nathan Mohebbi ... Boyfriend ofFirst Victim
Jeremy Ambler Jeremy Ambler ... Boy at the Cabin #1
Ethan Cline Ethan Cline ... Boy at the Cabin
Kristen Adams Kristen Adams ... Ms. Walker
Fallon Goodson ... Girly
Trevor Pillinger Trevor Pillinger ... Boyfriend of Girly
Ciera Danielle ... Salesgirl (as Cierra Parrack)
Boyd Smith ... Mr. Fox
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 2014 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Child of God - Filho de Deus See more »

Filming Locations:

Hillsboro, West Virginia, USA See more »

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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Lester is about to perform the act of necrophilia and he places the rifle against the Pontiac, he initially places it barrel down but after he finishes his deed and they show the outside of the car again, it is barrel up before it falls down to the ground. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Lester Ballard: Get off my fuckin property!
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Not a film to like
5 October 2014 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

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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