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by elwood &kathy swartz on 8/31/2013

Directed by Billy Bob Thornton Can't get Much better Acting Like This 2 Thumbs Up From Me Read More

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Product Overview


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 220725151
UPC 031398138013
UPC 14 00031398138013
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Black Comedy
Mental Illness
Theatrical Release
Wise Fools
Editors Note
Note After catching his mother and her boyfriend "in flagrante delicto" and dispatching both of them with a farm implement known as a sling blade, a simpleminded 11-year-old boy is sent to a mental hospital where he spends the next 25 years. Upon his release, the emotionally and mentally stunted man-child returns to his Arkansas hometown and takes a job in a local garage, only to have the past inexorably repeat itself. An indie-film triumph, adapted by star-writer-director Thornton from his 1993 short, "Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade." Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Actor--Billy Bob Thornton. Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay.
Plot Summary
Summary Small-town simpleton Karl Childers has spent most of his life in a mental institution, after he killed his mother and her lover with the eponymous weapon at age 12. Now middle-aged, Karl is deemed healthy -- and released into a world he hasn't inhabited since he was a pre-teen. Although many of Karl's experiences in the "real world" are very troubling, they give him valuable insight into human nature... and himself. But can he completely escape his tragic past?| Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Actor--Billy Bob Thornton. Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay.
Sight and Sound "...This is a film that wants us to be alert and it repays our attention handsomely..." 07/??/1998 p.53
Rolling Stone "...Riveting....SLING BLADE boasts a stupendous performance from Billy Bob Thornton..." 12/12/1996 p.90
Entertainment Weekly "...A beautiful contraption of a movie....[SLING BLADE] haunts us..." -- Rating: A- 12/06/1996 p.48
Variety "...Marked by some powerful scenes, fine performances and colorful dialogue....Yoakam is excellent..." 09/09/1996
Los Angeles Times "...A mesmerizing parable of good and evil and a splendid example of Southern storytelling at its most poetic and imaginative..." 11/27/1996 p.F6
Chicago Sun-Times "...The movie is a work of great originality and fascination....[The] characters are brought to life with a vivid strength..." 11/27/1996 p.49
Lucas Black
Billy Bob Thornton
Dwight Yoakam
John Ritter
Cast & Crew
Natalie Canerday - Star
Lucas Black - Star
Billy Bob Thornton - Star
Robert Duvall - Star
Dwight Yoakam - Star
Jim Jarmusch - Star
John Ritter - Star
Billy Bob Thornton - Screenwriter
Clark Hunter - Production Designer
Brandon Rosser - Producer
Daniel Lanois - Composer
David L. Bushell - Producer
Douglas Hall - Costume Designer
Hughes Winborne - Editor
Barry Markowitz - Director of Photography
Billy Bob Thornton - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1996
UPC 00031398138013
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 148 minutes
Color Color
Name Billy Bob Thornton
Award Category Best Adapted Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1996
Award Giver Academy Awards
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Video Format DVD

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