Child of God

Synopsis: Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee, Child of God tells the 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. 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.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): James Franco
Production: Well Go USA
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

I wished if a man want to hang

his self, he'd do it with poison

or something so folks wouldn't

have to see such a thing as that.

Come on, girl.

Come on.


That's what I said. That's what I said.

That's right.

Come on.

Hey, yeah, yeah.

You sumbitch.

I don't need a god damn dog.

You go home then.

Drinkers going to Kirby's would

see him on the road by night,

slouched and solitary,

the rifle hanging in his hand

as if it were a thing he

could not get shut of.

My presence ain't even known.

- He'd grown lean and bitter.

- Yeah, what you want?

Don't slow down now.

Some say mad.

Y'all son of a bitch!


Okay, you gonna be my friend.

You gonna be my friend.

My friend.

Where you at now, you bastard?

I'll tell you another thing he did one time.

He had this old cow to balk on him.

Couldn't get her to do nothing.

He pushed and pulled and beat

on her till she'd wore him out.

Well, he went and borrowed

Squire Helton's tractor and went

back over there and throwed a

rope over the old cow's head and

took off on the tractor as hard as he could go.

When it took up the slack,

it liked to jerked her head plumb off.

Broke her neck and killed her where she stood.

Ask Floyd if he didn't.

What is all this?

Oh, shit.

The hell do you want,

you son of a bitch?

Where your clothes at?

What the hell is it to you?

You son of a bitch.

Look at me.

You better put down that rock.

You make me.

I said put it down.


Don't move!

Don't move!

You start, I'll break your back!

You get on outta here!

I knowed you'd do me this way.

You stinking drunk bastard!

You get on outta here!

I'll get you back!

You sumbitch!

I'll kill you!

I'll stab your bones, fucker bastard!

Morning, sheriff.

Hey, how are you?

Morning, sheriff.

Let's go get the little fucker.

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James Franco

James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor, filmmaker, and college instructor. For his role in 127 Hours (2010), he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Franco is known for his roles in live-action films such as Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007), Milk (2008), Pineapple Express (2008), Eat, Pray, Love (2010), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Spring Breakers (2012), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), This Is the End (2013), and The Disaster Artist (2017), for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He is known for his collaborations with fellow actor Seth Rogen, having appeared in eight films and one television series with him. Franco is also known for his work on television; his first prominent acting role was the character Daniel Desario on the short-lived ensemble comedy-drama Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000), which developed a cult following. He also portrayed the title character in the television biographical film James Dean (2001), for which he won a Golden Globe Award. Franco had a recurring role on the soap opera General Hospital (2009–2012) and starred in the limited series 11.22.63 (2016). He also stars in the David Simon created HBO drama The Deuce (2017–present). Franco volunteers for the Art of Elysium charity, and has also taught film classes at New York University, the University of Southern California, UCLA, Studio 4, Palo Alto High School, and Playhouse West. Several of his former students from Studio 4 and Playhouse West have stated that Franco had behaved in inappropriate or sexually exploitative ways while serving as their teacher. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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