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R| 2 hr. 16 min.

Plot Summary
Mentally disabled Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton) is released from the mental hospital where he has spent most of his life after murdering his mother and her lover. He soon forms a bond with Frank (Lucas Black), a boy whose father committed suicide. When Frank's mother, Linda (Natalie Canerday), lets Karl stay at their house, her cruel boyfriend, Doyle (Dwight Yoakam), tries to get Karl removed. Determined to protect his friend, Karl devises a way to save Frank from years of Doyle's abuse.

Cast: Billy Bob Thornton , Dwight Yoakam , J.T. Walsh , John Ritter , Lucas Black , Natalie Canerday , James Hampton , Robert Duvall

Director: Billy Bob Thornton

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Miramax Films

Sling Blade (1996)

Release Date: November 22nd, 1996|2 hr. 16 min.

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  • A story that's startling, soulful and absolutely unforgettable. show more

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    Sling Blade is about a society barely holding on by its fingernails, the home and hearth hardly a place of respite. Unlike "The Ice Storm" or "The Sweet Hereafter," Sling Blade is devoid of the creature comforts of middle-class life that at least allow people the degraded hobbies that keep them functioning. [May, 1998] show more

  • Billy Bob Thornton wrote, directed and stars in this compassionate, occasionally funny, character-driven movie about a mentally unstable man who takes the best interests of children very seriously. show more

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  • July 24, 2013 wllcassand
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    OH! BY THE WAY! THE MUSIC SCORE WAS ALSO AWESOME. THE SONG AT THE END CLOSED THIS MOVIE OUT VERY WELL. THE MAKER

  • March 30, 2013 pbartrn
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    An excellent film. Demonstrates inabilitiy to function in society after institutionalism. Thorton is amazing and barely recognizable. a family favorite

  • March 31, 2009 Rdwrichardr70
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    a great movie!

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