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Sling Blade -- 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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Release Date:
14 March 1997 (USA) See more »
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Sometimes a hero comes from the most unlikely place. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 14 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Thoroughly Thornton! See more (311 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Billy Bob Thornton ... Karl Childers

Dwight Yoakam ... Doyle Hargraves

J.T. Walsh ... Charles Bushman

John Ritter ... Vaughan Cunningham

Lucas Black ... Frank Wheatley
Natalie Canerday ... Linda Wheatley

James Hampton ... Jerry Woolridge

Robert Duvall ... Karl's Father
Rick Dial ... Bill Cox

Brent Briscoe ... Scooter Hodges

Christine Renee Ward ... Melinda (as Christy Ward)
Sarah Boss ... Marsha Dwiggins
Kathy Sue Brown ... Theresa Evans
Wendell Rafferty ... Melvin
Bruce Hampton ... Morris (as Col. Bruce Hampton Ret.)
Vic Chesnutt ... Terence

Mickey Jones ... Monty Johnson
Ian Moore ... Randy Horsefeathers
Judy Pryor Trice ... Mrs. Woolridge
Scott Stewart ... Bubba Woolridge
Betty Lynn Hall ... Woolridge Daughter

Jim Jarmusch ... Frostee Cream Boy
Gary Don Fletcher ... Preacher
Tim Holder ... Albert
Tom Kagy ... Freddy
Stacy Barrow ... Woodridge Secretary
Jackie Stewart ... Walter
Jamie Stewart ... Teenage Boy
D.J. Royston ... Housekeeper
Lacy Bailey ... Karen
Raymond Lewallen ... Ticket Agent
Bill Glasscock ... Old Man (voice)

Directed by
Billy Bob Thornton 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Billy Bob Thornton (play)

Billy Bob Thornton (screenplay)

Produced by
David L. Bushell .... producer
Larry Meistrich .... executive producer
Brandon Rosser .... producer
 
Original Music by
Daniel Lanois 
 
Cinematography by
Barry Markowitz (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hughes Winborne 
 
Casting by
Sarah Tackett 
 
Production Design by
Clark Hunter 
 
Set Decoration by
Traci Kirshbaum 
 
Costume Design by
Doug Hall  (as Douglas Hall)
 
Makeup Department
Kate Biscoe .... key hair stylist (as Kate Morgan Biscoe)
Tracy Warbin .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Robert Salerno .... production manager
Laura Seymann .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Amber Ayub .... first assistant director
W.M. Halle .... first assistant director
Todd Jameson .... second assistant director
Daron McAfee .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jacob Alsbrook .... lead man
Joe Arnold .... on-set dresser
Max Biscoe .... assistant set decorator
Joe Cuzan .... swing art
Dwayne Grady .... propmaster
Carlton Rude .... assistant props
 
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... re-recording mixer
Weldon Brown .... adr recordist
Eric A. Christoffersen .... foley assistant (as Eric Christoffersen)
Pete Conlin .... first assistant sound editor (as Peter Conlin)
Russell Creak .... assistant foley artist
Theodore K. Dietz .... sound production assistant
David Ellinwood .... foley recordist (as Dave Ellienwood)
Wi Ding Ho .... apprentice sound editor
Mark Howard .... dialogue loop editor
Mark Howard .... sound recordist
Ivan Hurzeler .... assistant sound editor
Lucinda Komisar .... assistant sound editor
Jeff Kushner .... sound designer
Jeff Kushner .... supervising sound editor
Paul Ledford .... production sound mixer
Ronald Matthew Lee .... additional sound effects recordist (as Matthew Lee)
Wayne Lorenz .... additional sound engineer
Alison Sanford .... sound recordist
Sila A. Soyer .... apprentice sound editor (as Sila Soyer)
James Wright .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Keenan Wyatt .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ehab Assal .... assistant camera
Ehab Assal .... camera production assistant
Michael Audino .... grip (as Michael D. Audino)
Jonathan Brown .... Steadicam operator
Dalton .... second assistant camera
Marc Eckhardt .... grip
Edwin M. Figueroa .... key grip
Douglas W. Hill .... electrician
R. Derek Keener .... best boy electric
Robert Ortiz .... video playback operator
Stewart Wright Pallister .... grip
Tom Potoskie .... dolly grip (as Thomas W. Potoskie)
Nate Ranger .... first assistant camera
J.A. Riggs .... generator operator
John Wagner .... gaffer
Michael Yarish .... still photographer
Rob Koch .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Margaret Critz .... wardrobe production assistant
Rani Cunningham .... wardrobe supervisor
Theba Lolley .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Peter T. DaPuzzo .... post-production intern
David Hamme .... assistant colorist
Lawrence Mischel .... negative cutter (as Larry Mischel)
Dan Muscarella .... color timer
Patti Nunez .... assistant post-production supervisor
Johnny Wilson .... assistant editor
Stefan Bruck .... post-production consultant (uncredited)
Sue Mischel .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Sheryl Glubok .... assistant location manager
David Scolli .... location intern
George Vowteras .... location manager
 
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music consultant
Brian Blade .... additional musician: drums
Malcolm Burn .... additional musician: keyboards
Barry Cole .... music supervisor
Tim Gibbons .... musician: bass, drums and vocals
Emmylou Harris .... special guest vocalist
Mark Howard .... music programmer: drums
Ali Jennings .... additional musician: slide guitar
Darrell D. Johnson .... musician: bass, conga drum, organ and hand drum (as Darryl Johnson)
Pascal Nabit Meyer .... musician: organ
Bambi Lee Savage .... musician: vocals and guitar
Elizabeth Wendel .... music consultant
Russ Wilson .... musician: falsetto harmony, percussion piano, bass and bass pedal
 
Other crew
Umber Ayoob .... intern
Josh Baxter .... intern
Leonard John Bruno .... product placement (as Leonard Bruno)
Aaron Bryson .... projectionist
Brig Caldwell .... assistant caterer
Steve Carlis .... post-production auditor
Steve Carlis .... production executive
Joe Glass .... production assistant
Susan Jacobs .... unit publicist
Susan Jacobs .... unit publicity
Jonathan Jasay .... intern
Jason Jersey .... production assistant
Sharon Kahn .... unit publicist
Jeremy Levy .... intern
Danna Liebert .... script supervisor
Ginny Lou Litsey .... assistant production auditor
Joe McCrackin .... assistant to director
Larry Meistrich .... production executive
Kathy Morris .... craft service
Heather Mosher .... product placement assistant
Tim Olivett .... caterer
J. Robert Saettele .... key set production assistant
Dena Silberstein .... product placement
Mary Sunshine .... production auditor
David Tuttle .... production executive
Benjamin Meade .... production staff (uncredited)
Daniel J. Victor .... production financing (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Leslie Abell .... special thanks
Erskine Caldwell .... special thanks
Tom Epperson .... special thanks
John Faulkner .... special thanks
William Faulkner .... special thanks
Bob Myman .... special thanks
Jerry Myman .... special thanks
George Newcomb .... special thanks
John Fergus Ryan .... special thanks
Suzy Lilly Saettele .... thanks
Emily Gerson Saines .... special thanks
Emily Schweber .... thanks
Harry James Thornton .... special thanks
Jimmy Don Thornton .... dedicatee
Pietra Thornton .... special thanks
Virginia Faulkner Thornton .... special thanks
Brad Wilson .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong language, including descriptions of violent and sexual behavior
Runtime:
135 min | USA:148 min (director's cut)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M (original rating) | Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) | Canada:14A (original rating) | Finland:K-12/9 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:16 (original rating) | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Norway:11 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG (cut) | Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #34457) | USA:Not Rated (director's cut)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Fellow independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch appears as the "Frostee Cream" worker in the beginning. His name tag reads "Deke", the name of the film's Electrical Best Boy.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Doyle drives to the county line to get more alcohol, they're in a "crew cab dually pickup", yet Doyle, Karl, and Vaughan ride in the front seats, the rest of the crew rides in the bed, and no-one rides in the back seats.See more »
Quotes:
Karl:I like them French fried potaters.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "South Park: Towelie (#5.8)" (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
PlungerSee more »

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61 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
Thoroughly Thornton!, 28 April 1999
Author: DeeDee-10 from San Francisco

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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