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Sling Blade                                  (1996)
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8 IMDB rating
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Billy Bob Thornton Billy Bob Thornton
Karl Childers
Dwight Yoakam Dwight Yoakam
Doyle Hargraves
J.T. Walsh J.T. Walsh
Charles Bushman
John Ritter John Ritter
Vaughan Cunningham
Lucas Black Lucas Black
Frank Wheatley
Natalie Canerday Natalie Canerday
Linda Wheatley
James Hampton James Hampton
Jerry Woolridge
Robert Duvall Robert Duvall
Karl's Father


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10 years, 7 months ago at Nov 27 6:24
7 votes
- "Ever think of killing yourself on purpose like my daddy done?"
- "I studied about it. The Bible says you ought not to. It says if you do that, you go off to Hades. Some folks call it Hell, I call it Hades."

This is without a doubt one of the most original and yet powerful and touching movies I have ever seen. This is true drama with Billy Bob showing his unique acting skil... read more

Sling Blade

11 years, 8 months ago at Nov 15 20:24
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It's hard to believe that Karl is Billy Bob Thorton, but this is far and away his best performance ever. The drama feels real and Thorton makes us believe it.

A very good movie

5 years, 7 months ago at Dec 11 10:19
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I wanted to check this movie for many years, I recently finally managed to get my hands on it and, fortunately, I wasn’t disappointed. Indeed, before making this movie, Billy Bob Thornton was a rather struggling actor and basically launched his career by starring in his own movie. It is a rather unusual move but it has been done by some other actors such as Gary Sinise, Sam Neill and even Vin Di... read more
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Karl Childers, now a grown man, is released from a psychiatric hospital where he has been hospitalized since the age of 12 for the murder of his mother and her lover. He returns to his childhood town and although being mentally handicapped, gets a job fixing small motors at a local repair shop. Karl befriends a young boy, Frank, and is soon invited by Frank's mother, Linda, to move into the family's garage. As a strong relationship develops between Karl and Frank, a confrontation builds with Linda's abusive and sometimes violent boyfriend Doyle.
Release date: 14 March 1997
UPC: 717951000118
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