Sling Blade (1996)

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Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.


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  • John Ritter and Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade (1996)
  • Billy Bob Thornton at an event for Sling Blade (1996)
  • Billy Bob Thornton at an event for Sling Blade (1996)
  • Billy Bob Thornton and Lucas Black in Sling Blade (1996)
  • Billy Bob Thornton and Lucas Black in Sling Blade (1996)
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade (1996)

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28 April 1999 | DeeDee-10
Thoroughly Thornton!
A magnificent film! Watching Billy Bob, I was reminded of Bo Radley (Robert Duvall)in To Kill a Mockingbird. The irony of seeing Duvall in Sling Blade made it that much more rewarding. Yes, it's true, the ending was inevitable, but so what? The journey to the end was what made this film the gem that it is. Dwight Yoakam made my skin crawl, and Lucas Black as little Frank brought out my motherhood instinct. Protect that boy, Karl! And he did. This had all the elements of a great film: an unselfish hero who brings about changes in the lives of others in a meaningful way. Granted, had his mental capabilities been greater he might have made another choice. Given the circumstances of the film, there was no other choice.

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