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Sling Blade (30-Aug-1996)

Director: Billy Bob Thornton

Writer: Billy Bob Thornton

From a play: Sling Blade by Billy Bob Thornton

Original Music by: Daniel Lanois

Producers: Brandon Rosser; David L. Bushell

Keywords: Drama, Retards

Mentally handicapped Karl Childers, as a child having killed his mother and her lover upon encountering them in flagrante delicto, receives a declaration of rehabilitation and is released from institutionalization. Finding employment as a mechanic, Karl is befriended a young boy, and the boy's mother assists by providing Karl a place to stay. Outstanding film in every respect. Won the Oscar for Best Adaptation, and received an additional nomination for Best Actor. Won also the Edgar for Best Motion Picture.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Lucas Black
29-Nov-1982   The kid from Sling Blade
Brent Briscoe
21-May-1961   A Simple Plan
Vic Chesnutt
12-Nov-1964 25-Dec-2009 Wheelchair-bound folk singer
Robert Duvall
5-Jan-1931   Tom Hagen in The Godfather
James Hampton
6-Jul-1936   Trooper Dobbs on F Troop
Jim Jarmusch
Film Director
22-Jan-1953   Permanent Vacation
John Ritter
17-Sep-1948 11-Sep-2003 Jack Tripper on Three's Company
Billy Bob Thornton
4-Aug-1955   Sling Blade
J. T. Walsh
28-Sep-1943 27-Feb-1998 A Few Good Men
Dwight Yoakam
Country Musician
23-Oct-1956   Country star, This Time


Billy Bob Thornton   ...   Karl Childers (retarded)
Dwight Yoakam   ...   Doyle Hargraves (duder)
J. T. Walsh   ...   Charles Bushman (talkative inmate)
John Ritter   ...   Vaughan Cunningham (homosexual)
Lucas Black   ...   Frank Wheatley (young boy)
Natalie Canerday   ...   Linda Wheatley (boy's mother)
James Hampton   ...   Dr. Jerry Woolridge (psychiatrist)
Robert Duvall   ...   Frank Childers (Karl's father)
Rick Dial   ...   Bill Cox (boss)
Brent Briscoe   ...   Scooter Hodges (mechanic)
Christy Ward   ...   Melinda (slow woman)
Sarah Boss   ...   Marsha Dwiggins (student interviewer)
Kathy Sue Brown   ...   Theresa Evans
Wendell Rafferty   ...   Melvin
Bruce Hampton   ...   Morris
Vic Chesnutt   ...   Terence
Mickey Jones   ...   Monty Johnson
Ian Moore   ...   Randy Horsefeathers (bandmate)
Judy Pryor Trice   ...   Mrs. Woolridge
Scott Stewart   ...   Bubba Woolridge
Betty Lynn Hall   ...   Sister
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   ...   Man (voice)


Review by anonymous (posted on 10-Mar-2006)

I saw SLING BLADE when it was first released! I was blown away by Billy Bobs' performance. everything about this film is intelligent. I do find it hard to believe that a woman would let her son around a character like Karl Childers yet her boyfriend in the movie is hardly suited to be anything but a villian in this production. Camera placement and scene juxtaposition is more than adequate. Billy Bob has proven that he is a solid actor yet his performance here is a high water mark. Any actor would be well served to give a performance of such depth. When he put his arm around the boy to say goodbye and told him he loved him more than a few people were crying in the audience I was in. I don't think anyone will ever write as clever a line as in CASABLANCA-"Round up the usual suspects". I also don't believe that a role as strong and unique as SLING BLADE's Karl Childers will be seen on the screen for some time either! John Ritter, J T Walsh, and Dwight Yoakim were all excellent.

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