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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
135 min

Hey, Sheriff.

A Mercury... is a real good car.

That was the car I was driving that day.

I have a lot of cars.

Yeah. Different kinds.

A lot of different kinds of cars.

She was standing, this girl,

where there was this chicken stand.

It wasn't the Colonel,

but a chicken stand nevertheless.

I pulled the Mercury

right up alongside,

and I rolled down the window,

see, by electric power.

And she had this leather skirt on.

And she had a lot of hair on her arms.

I like that, I like that a lot.

It means a big bush. I like a big bush.

So she says, "Are you dating?" You know?

I said, "Sure." So she gets in.

And we pull off

into this remote location, you know,

that was comfortable for both she and I.

And she says to me,

"How much do you wanna spend?"

I said, "Whatever it takes to see

that bush, 'cause I know it's big."

And she says to me, "$25."

That's not chicken feed,

you know, to a working man.

So I produce the $25

and she sticks it down into her shoe

and pulls up her skirt.

And there before me lay this thin,

crooked, uncircumcised penis.

You can imagine how bad

I wanted my $25 back.

I don't know why you're weirded out.

This is not San Quentin.

It's a nuthouse.

These people don't know where they are.

They're not gonna hurt you.

We're gonna be in a room with a killer.

That doesn't bother you?

You're the one

that wanted to major in journalism.

These are the people

from that newspaper.

- Yeah. From the college?

- Yes, sir.

- Jerry Woolridge.

- Nice to meet you. I'm Marsha Dwiggins.

This is Theresa Evans.

She's here to take the pictures.

Y'all sit down.

There was a young man

named John Legit Hunter

who was in a good

filling station business.

But he was one of these young men

we run across, I'm sure you have,

who didn't deserve what he had.

And one of the things he had was this...

beautiful young bride,


She was a Georgia peach.

In fact, she was more like

the picture I had in my mind

than any woman I had ever seen.

So I took it upon myself

to take her away from John Legit Hunter,

who did not deserve her, you know?

I don't know if I told you,

but he was a Frenchman

who claimed to be an Englishman.

Took a lot of strong nylon cord

to get her away from him,

'cause she was a fighter

as well as being a Georgia peach.

I think there must

have been a little mix-up.

I talked to your sponsor or teacher,

or whoever he is,

and I told him that

there couldn't be any pictures.

It's supposed to be an article or story,

something like that, isn't that right?

Well, it's for the school newspaper,

but it has pictures.

I mean, it's a regular paper.

Karl's real sensitive

about having his picture made.

He wouldn't even be on the

bulletin board for the Easter collage.


a shovel just makes

too goddamn much racket.

All I can do is talk to him,

see what he says.

You gotta make something explode

to truly understand it,

examine all those little tiny particles

while they're still on fire.

Karl, I've gotta take you

down to the old classroom.

Mr. Woolridge has some people

for you to see down there.

Come on, let's go.

You remember me telling you about

those people from that newspaper?

They wanna ask you some questions

about your release.

They think it'll make a good story.

Will you talk to 'em?

Get interviewed?

Now, they're women.

Think it'd be good for you, too.

You're gonna be seeing all kinds

of people when you get on the outside.

This'll help, I believe.

Now, here's the thing.

He'll only talk to you,

Now, here's the thing.

He'll only talk to you,

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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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