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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lester Ballard
... Sheriff Fate
... Deputy Cotton
Steve Hunter ... Auctioneer
... Greer
Elena McGhee ... Lady In White
Nina Ljeti ... First Victim
... Boyfriend ofFirst Victim
Jeremy Ambler ... Boy at the Cabin
Ethan Cline ... Boy at the Cabin
Kristen Adams ... Ms. Walker
... Girly
Trevor Pillinger ... Boyfriend of Girly
... Salesgirl (as Cierra Parrack)
... 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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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20 August 2014 (Australia)  »

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Child of God - Filho de Deus  »

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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 carries the dead girl through the woods, her right arm twitches upward twice in anticipation of grabbing the actor when he attempts to lift her again. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Lester Ballard: Get off my fuckin property!
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: The Disaster Artist (2017) See more »

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Not a film to like
5 October 2014 | by See 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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