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A dispossessed, violent man's disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order.

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James Franco

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James Franco (screenplay), Vince Jolivette (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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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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Rated R for disturbing aberrant sexual content, nudity, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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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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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 »

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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 »

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[repeated line]
Lester Ballard: Get off my fuckin property!
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Haze is brilliant in a near un-filmable adaptation
19 August 2014 | by eddie_bagginsSee all my reviews

For those who've not yet partaken in the depraved and deranged dealings of Cormac McCarthy's 1973 book Child of God you are in for one almighty shock if you by chance stumble upon this new James Franco directed effort, a tale that is utterly original in all its triumphs and shortcomings and a tale that deals with some seriously tricky business that on page seemed almost too much to ever commit to screen but thanks to an obvious commitment to the text by Franco the film works to a level that marks the event as an oddity not unworthy of seeking out.

Franco who has long held affiliation with a desire to transform McCarthy's more insane and often controversial works to screen here goes for much of the same aesthetic he created in his last directional outing As I Lay Dying, a low budget yet gritty feel that uses it's natural surrounds to good effect and gives off the illusion of a bigger project. Franco harbors a good feel for not only Lester Ballard the creation but also his world, the feel of the lonely mountains and the people that inhabit them is captured to great effect and visions so vividly written in the book are bought to life here in many respects. With the world captured so foreign too many of us, Franco in the form of actor Scott Haze has found someone that against all odds is Lester Ballard and leads the story of insanity forward.

Without spoiling the character for those uninitiated, Lester Ballard is a thoroughly despicable and complex creation, a man who despite clearly not being of sane mind is also a man who knows better than the acts he commits. Haze owns this "child of god" from small mannerisms through to out and out rage, from random lonely road discoveries to questionable hair and makeup, Haze gets Lester right. Haze is the focus point of the picture with only small appearances by Tim Blake Nelson and Franco himself it's clear that this film is built by Haze but there is only so far his performance can carry a picture that in the end is dealing with material mighty hard to not only relate to but to tolerate and it's a commendable feat to the filmmakers that you won't be reaching for the off switch a mere 30 minutes in for make no doubt about it there are mightily tough and mature themes the film deals with.

Child of God is a film you feel will slowly be discovered by an unknowing audience who will react strongly either way in favour or hatred to a tale that provides no reason for things being the way they are. For those who are familiar with the text this is a very strong attempt at turning an almost un-filmable book into a quality film and as it stands is another fine turn by Franco as a director in what is shaping up to be an interesting career behind the camera.

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