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Sling Blade


Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, John Ritter View All


Billy Bob Thornton (Screenplay), Billy Bob Thornton (Director) View All

Release: Aug. 30th, 1996
Runtime: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside world.
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He opens up the story so that it never looks like a photographed stage play and he creates some stunning cinematic pictures, like those shots of Carl on that rickety bridge, or the long shot of Carl and Frankie in the special spot in the dark.
The whole project walks a fine line between the familiar and the strange. It's a very strong first time showing from Thornton, and still one of his finest hours..