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Sling Blade (1996)

R | | Drama | 14 March 1997 (USA)
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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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Melvin
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Morris (as Col. Bruce Hampton Ret.)
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A partially handicapped man named Karl is released from a mental hospital, about 20 years after murdering his mother and another person. Karl is often questioned if he will ever kill again, and he shrugs in response saying there is no reason to. Now out of the mental institution, Karl settles in his old, small hometown, occupying himself by fixing motors. After meeting a young boy named Frank, who befriends him, Karl is invited to stay at Frank's house with his mother Linda, who views Karl as a strange but kind and generous man. However, Linda's abusive boyfriend, Doyle, sees things differently in the way rules ought to be run- normally insulting Linda's homosexual friend Vaughan as well as Karl's disabilities, and having wild parties with his friends. As Karl's relationship with Frank grows, he is watchful of Doyle's cruel actions. Written by commanderblue

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A simple man. A difficult choice. See more »

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Rated R for strong language, including descriptions of violent and sexual behavior | See all certifications »

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14 March 1997 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$890,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$36,644 (USA) (29 November 1996)

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$24,475,416 (USA) (25 July 1997)
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Robert Duvall appearing as Karl's father was a kind turn to Billy Bob Thornton, who would play a small role in Duvall's The Apostle (1997) for free in exchange. See more »

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The paper cap and name tag of the Frostee Cream Boy are misspelled "Frosty Cream". See more »

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Doyle: Hey! I said get out of my house! That goes for cocksuckers and retards!
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Dedicated to Jimmy Don Thornton See more »

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Featured in I Love the '90s: 1996 (2004) See more »

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Plunger
Written by Pete Anderson
Performed by Titty Twister
Courtesy of Peter Anderson & Jesse Lee Music (BMI)
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Thoroughly Thornton!
28 April 1999 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

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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