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A simple man. A difficult choice.
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.
I've been having a hard time writing a review for this movie, so here are the highlights from my notes.
It really is amazingly written, and all the characters feel real in the depth and complexity of their personality and in the sense that none of them are obviously tied to any sort of ulterior plot motives. Somehow you can see reflections or contrasts of the protagonist in almost every character around him.
There's something about the minimalist cinematography (most shots are flat with few cuts) which lends to the realism of the story while also naturally highlighting the more artistic shots which function as turning points.
Billy Bob Thornton did an incredible job transforming himself for his role. I couldn't even "see" him for the first few scenes.
Written, Directed, and Staring Billy Bob Thornton is so well done I cannot count how many times i've seen it.
A film that i'm sure most people don't find as funny as I do.
One with such a tragic story but a character you instantly sympathize for.
A story of a friendship so powerful that I fall in love with this film over and over again.
The performance of Billy Bob Thornton is so great as Carl he manages to look different in simply changing the way he holds his mouth.
The film is nothing short of a masterpiece to me.
If you haven't seen it I highly recommend it be your next watch.
While it's political correctness may not be quite up to par, Billy Bob Thornton's creation here is simply stunning. So utterly human, so sympathetic and considerate to all peoples, misfits and outcasts alike. It's a mesmerizing parable of good and evil confined within the poetic Southern-style storytelling few directors have managed to capture. It's simplicity lends a sort of obviousness to the narrative, something I think was intentional on Thornton's part. The beauty of the film lies in it's patience, in it's plodding pace and authentic atmosphere. These strengths may have been overshadowed if the narrative was a tad more riveting, a bit more reliant on excitement and unpredictability. You know from the beginning what will happen, but seeing the…
"They turned me loose from the nervous hospital. Said I was well." ~ Karl
This was the launching point of actor Billy Bob Thornton's career as a writer-director, his first feature film. It won him an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, in addition to a nomination for Best Actor. He plays Karl Childers, a mentally challenged inmate at a state psychiatric hospital, who gets released into the "real" world, perhaps a bit too soon.
As an adolescent, Karl murdered his mother and her lover with a "sling blade" used for weed cutting. As an adult, he has an aptitude for fixing small engines and has learned to read the Bible and a handful of other books, such as "A Christmas…
Not sure why I waited almost 20 years to finally see this movie. Billy Bob Thornton does an excellent job on three fronts....acting, writing and directing. Dwight Yoakam is excellent as the abusive boyfriend...John Ritter is another standout. I liked the movie but it is probably one of those movies were one time is enough...can not see ever revisiting this movie again. The 40th Robert Duvall movie that I have watched.
This in my opinion is the least talked about, greatest films I've ever seen. The performance BBT gives in this has to be the best I've seen. The story, the acting, and the characters, I loved everything about this film!
I RECKON I'LL SEE REVISITING THIS CLASSIC AGAIN FOR SURE.
For the opening 🔥
What a unique and interesting film.
Sling Blade is a film about a man (suffering from some sort of learning, behavior, or social disability. Vague amounts of what appears to be pretty severe autism, though never diagnosed) who is let out of an institution after murdering the man his mother was sleeping with when he was a kid, his mother, and her friend. The opening monologue is intensely acted by someone I didn't recognize at first, and then it hit me. "THAT'S Billy Bob Thornton?" Indeed, the man is unrecognizable, and he fully inhabits his character. I knew he was in the film, but I couldn't believe that this man, with an underbite and gruff "mhmm" voice was the normally…
mmh mhmh mhm M m
mhmhmhm mhmh M m H H H
just a boy mhh mh mhmh M
mustard on my biscuits mhmhmhm
This Southern shit is Biblical.
The writing was delicate. Each shot and cut was perfect.
It was as if the screenplay was chopped up to the point of the utmost precision, making sure each line had extraordinary meaning.
The film is slow, but it needs to be. There is no other way to tell a story so powerful. I'm left speechless, feeling emotional, and completely content.
Doyle and his band. Emmhmmm.
Complete list. :-(
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…