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!
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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I don't really like Billy Bob Thornton. He's done a few things that are pretty good, but mostly, I don't like the characters he plays. With a few exceptions, he seems to specialize in misanthropic man-children. Oh, sometimes, they're written pretty well, but by and large, not so much; the comedy, and he's in a fair few comedies, seems to come from how he's a terrible person that we find charming anyway, and I never do. Oddly, this is the movie he's done that I've seen of his with the most right of his character to be a man-child, and it's a character who is clearly a deep, if slow, thinker. Oh, not…
Ya know how in your family you all have that one movie you all talk about and like? Yeah, this is that film for my entire family.
Solid film, incredible acting by Billy Bob Thornton, wouldn't recognize his voice but I definitely recognized his eyes. The kid's great too. I also love the way it's shot, long takes in lots of wide angles. Even standard dramas aren't shot this way anymore.
Some folks call it a sling blade. I call it a kaiser blade.
"Some folks call it a sling blade, I call it a kaiser blade"
Written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton "Sling Blade" which he also stars in, turned out to be a very enjoyable movie. I found this movie to be very dark but interesting if you get pass its Hallmark movie look/feel.
I found Billy Bob's performance amazing, this "Karl Childers" character pulls you into the movie and makes you want to hear his story. The monologue that he gives almost at the beginning of the movie was very interesting and vivid just like the rest of the stories "Karl" tells throughout the movie. The friendship between "Karl & Frank" was pretty good I feel like those two characters related…
Written, directed and starring Billy Bob Thornton, Sling Blade tells the story of Karl, a simple minded man who has recently been discharged from a psychiatric hospital where he had been incarcerated after he murdered his mother and her lover with a slingblade when he was a teenager. He makes his way back into his home town and soon befriends a young boy and his mother, who happen to be in an abusive relationship.
Billy Bob Thornton gives one of his finest and most sensitive performances as the dim witted Karl, and although we never doubt the bond between him and the young boy, you can’t help but feel the impending terror and instability of his character throughout the course…
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