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Editor's NoteAfter 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.
Cast & Crew
|Billy Bob Thornton|
|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|
Plot SummarySmall-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.