Sling Blade

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Billy Bob Thornton
Production: Miramax Films
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 15 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.0
Metacritic:
84
Rotten Tomatoes:
96%
R
Year:
1996
135 min
706 Views


but he doesn't want you to ask anything.

And you really shouldn't stare at him.

How am I going to interview

if I can't ask questions?

It's the best it's gonna get. I'm sorry.

Can I ask you a question? If he's so

troubled, why are you letting him out?

What if he does it again?

It happens all the time.

He's free, his time's up.

That's the rules.

He's been treated, re-evaluated

and doesn't show any signs anymore.

- Signs?

- Homicidal signs.

Miss. I'm sorry,

but you're gonna have to step outside.

Why?

Please?

I gotta change the light

in here for Karl.

I hope you can still see to write.

I reckon what you is wanting to know

is what I'm a-doin' in here.

I reckon the reason I'm in here

is 'cause I've killed somebody.

I reckon what you is a-wantin' to know

is how come me to kill somebody,

so I reckon I'll start

at the front and tell you.

I lived out back of my mother

and father's place most of my life,

in a little old shed

that my daddy had built for me.

They didn't want me up there

in the house with the rest of 'em.

So mostly, I just sat around out there

in the shed, a-lookin' at the ground.

I didn't have no floor out there.

But I had me a hole dug out

to lay down in.

A quilt or two to put down there.

My father was a hardworking man

most of his life.

Not that I can say the same for myself.

I mostly sat around

out there in the shed,

tinkered around

with a lawn mower or two.

Went to school off and on

from time to time.

But the children out there,

they were very cruel to me.

Made quite a bit of sport of me.

Made fun of me quite a bit.

So mostly, I just sat around

out there in the shed.

My daddy worked down there

at the saw mill,

down at the planer mill

for an old man named Dixon.

Old man Dixon was a very cruel fella.

Didn't treat his employees well.

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Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton (born August 4, 1955) is an American actor, filmmaker, singer, songwriter, and musician. Thornton had his first break when he co-wrote and starred in the 1992 thriller One False Move, and received international attention after writing, directing, and starring in the independent drama film Sling Blade (1996), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He appeared in several major film roles in the 1990s following Sling Blade, including Oliver Stone's neo-noir U Turn (1997), political drama Primary Colors (1998), science fiction disaster film Armageddon (1998), the highest-grossing film of that year, and the crime drama A Simple Plan (1998), which earned him his third Oscar nomination. In the 2000s, Thornton achieved further success in starring dramas Monster's Ball (2001), The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), and Friday Night Lights (2004); comedies Bandits (2001), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), and Bad Santa (2003); and action films Eagle Eye (2008) and Faster (2010). In 2014, Thornton starred as Lorne Malvo in the first season of the anthology series Fargo, earning a nomination for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie at the Emmy Awards and won Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards. In 2016, he starred in an Amazon original series, Goliath, which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama. Thornton has been vocal about his distaste for celebrity culture, choosing to keep his life out of the public eye. However, the attention of the media has proven unavoidable in certain cases, his marriage to Angelina Jolie being a notable example. Thornton has written a variety of films, usually set in the Southern United States and mainly co-written with Tom Epperson, including A Family Thing (1996) and The Gift (2000). After Sling Blade, he directed several other films, including Daddy and Them (2001), All the Pretty Horses (2000), and Jayne Mansfield's Car (2012). Thornton has received the President's Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, a Special Achievement Award from the National Board of Review, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has also been nominated for an Emmy Award, four Golden Globes, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. In addition to film work, Thornton began a career as a singer-songwriter. He has released four solo albums and is the vocalist of the blues rock band The Boxmasters. more…

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