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!
Sling Blade features maybe the finest performance by an actor in the last 20 years. Billy Bob Thornton is almost completely unrecognizable as he transforms into Karl Childers, a mentally handicapped man who's just been released from the state hospital with nowhere to go. The character has such tremendous depth and dimension despite never speaking more than three or four words at a time. All of the supporting cast is great, too. Great story, great acting, great ending. Couldn't ask for more.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"What are you doing with that?"
"I aim to kill you with it."
I haven't watched this movie in over a decade.
Wonderful movie. Such a sweet movie, really (parts anyway). A depiction of the South you don't see too often. Kinda just showing it as... good people..... with exceptions.
Billy Bob Thornton, Christ... I mean you're guess that was him. It's a performance for the books.
It's got some amazing bookends.
The opening 10 minutes with JT Walsh going into vivid detail on his MANY disgusting crimes, GOD I miss that guy. He was like THE best character actor.
Then we have Karl explaining why he's in a mental institution and I think it's one of the…
Words I'd use to describe this film:
•Disturbing & Exploitative
•Painful to Watch
•Corny 90s music
Film #5 of the "Scavenger Hunt #1" Challenge!
Task #19: A film featuring a physically or mentally challenged person
Wow I can't believe I've never seen this before. After some mis-fires (Mr. Woodcock, Bad News Bears) I kind of forgot how brilliant Billy Bob actually is. The Fargo tv show certainly got him back on track but this is an incredible performance I reckon. mmmmhm.
Billy Bob Thornton was really amazing in this film! I could not even recognize him! I only saw Karl Childers!
Passion projects in Hollywood are very rare, but when you see them done with the skill and tenderness of Sling Blade, it makes you feel good that they're so rare.
Billy Bob Thornton is a master filmmaker. It is uncanny how he could be such an effective director whilst also performing the film's most demanding role. It is a testament to how much his cast and crew respected him and trusted the passion he had for his project. His performance as Karl Childers is spectacular. He breaks your heart in every single scene, whether it is him saying thank you for the only time in the film, telling a gay man he doesn't think he'd go to hell, visiting a…
I just saw it again on Thursday, 4/16/2015!! I love it!! ;-)
Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.
I thought Sling Blade was great, hard to believe it was a directorial debut of Billy Bob Thornton as everything just feels so assured. His performance as Karl Childers is heartbreakingly wonderful, within minutes you forget it's BBT on screen and you just see the character. I fully bought into the relationship between him and the young boy in small town America. A few minor quibbles, the Doyle character is a little "movie" bad guy hick at times and the film could have been a bit rougher around the edges.
Overall though it's a great watch, emotionally it gets to you and the cinematography while not showy complements the setting really well.
Sling Blade is about a retarded man who is let out of a mental institution and as he starts living in the outside world again he is exposed to the beauty of humans, but also the ugliness.
I guess I didn't know that Billy Bob Thorton directed movies before I watched Sling Blade, but holy crap he knows how to. He used a lot of very long takes with his dialogue scenes that often went on to close to a minute or longer. Aside from a few scenes nothing incredibly exciting happens, just a lot of dialogue, and when you have a lot of dialogue in a movie it has to be interesting enough so your audience doesn't get bored.…
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