Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
In my not so humble opinion this is Billy Bob Thornton's Magnum Opus! He wrote, directed and played the mentally challenged character Karl Childers!
Billy Bob Thornton's chameleonesque abilities brought the most tragic and tormented character to life right before our very eyes in this mesmerizing southern gothic tale!
Would I watch it again? Yes, I've seen it many times!
Would you buy the dvd? Yes!
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.
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.
"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…
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!
Innocence, sensitivity, honesty. Sacrifice. A borderline religious experience.
"You know when you got a feelin and you don't know why?"
Nota = 4,5
A masterpiece. Billy Bob wrote, directed and starred as Karl Childers in one of the 90's best films. Billy Bob is simply unforgettable. I still remember when I first saw it. A video rental not knowing a thing about it and sitting in stunned silence all 136 minutes of it. A mentally disabled man is let out of a mental institution and befriends a little boy and his mother with domestic problems. Ritter's most touching performance as Vaughn. A gay man who also befriends Karl. Natalie Carneday, Lucas Black and finally Dwight Yoakam are very good also. Yoakam plays one of the most cruel villains to ever grace a screen. Goddamn he's fucking detestable! And strangely one understands him even…
"Sling Blade" is a raw, emotional, and riveting drama that's all written, directed, and acted wonderfully. Billy Bob Thornton does a near-marvelous job at telling a beautiful, if tragically realistic, story of friendship, and his portrayal of Karl Childers is truly an unbelievably phenomenal performance that's one of the best in recent memory. The drama feels authentic and genuine, the characters all feel natural and honest, and there's even shreds of humor that fit the tone very well, without it overstaying it's welcome.
Was on my Film Club as movie of the week to watch. I'd never seen it before but knew it had a good rep.
Didn't like BBT' stereotypical look and his voice but these became tolerable and the movie turned out to be prett fan.
Sling Blade is a flawed but likeable film that chronicles the archetypal fool’s journey from innocence to experience. It is at once a quaint and quirky comedy of manners and a dark, slice-of-life portrait of poverty, violence and family dysfunction. The plot is one of convenience and contrivance, its denouement as predictable as it is ironic. Despite the simplicity of its moral dilemma, however, it offers a surprisingly complex character study with Oedipal overtones. With his protruding jaw, high-water pants and stilted, gravelly voice, Billy Bob Thorton impresses as Karl Childers, in an iconic role that made Thorton an instant celebrity. In a nod to the Gomers, Goobers and Gumps of Southern Gothic fiction, Karl joins the ranks of the…
A deeply moving and sad story of a mentally challenged man, trying comprehend and adjust to the world after many years of incarceration. His simple minded nature and odd demeanour is met with kindness and hostility by those he encounters; which is realistic to small town behaviours and attitudes. Friendship and acceptance are poignant themes throughout this endearing drama about finding peace and happiness despite the torment of a troubled past. Billy Bob Thornton's performance is truly captivating.
Billy Bob Thornton gives one of the absolute pristine performances in film. A master class in method acting. What strays me from loving this film is the predictability, and the stereotypes portrayed by a few of the characters that surround Karl. Even at it's glacial running time, Sling Blade is a very interesting piece.
This is a top 5 favorite for me, and an absolutely phenomenal movie that I have watched over and over again. Billy Bob Thornton became a famous indie film star after he wrote the screenplay for the film, and he directed it. He plays the protagonist of the story Carl Childers. Carl is a mentally retarded man who just got released from the mental hospital. His parents abused him when he was young, and the disowned him. The forced him to sleep out in a shed, and his mother would feed him regularly. He got put in the hospital because he caught his mother having sex with another man, and then he killed them both with a sling blade. He…
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