Not Rated | | Short, Drama, Thriller
Twenty-five years after commiting a double murder, Karl Childers is going to be released from an institution for the criminally insane. A local reporter comes to talk to him, and after some... See full summary »
In the first scene, Charles Bushman moves some checkers around while another man sits in a trance-like state. At this point both of the seated man's hands are on the table. However, when Charles moves away from the table, one of the seated man's hands is now resting on his leg, below the table.
This short B&W film is the precursor to Sling Blade (1996). It is almost identical to the opening segment of the full-length color feature. Molly Ringwald played the news reporter only in the short version. Screenwriter and lead actor Billy Bob Thornton later also directed the 1996 feature.
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