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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…
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!
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.
If you look hard you can seem him in there, but only a few times. What an amazing, truly transformative performance. The voice, face contortion, posture, he just creates such an iconic character. Oh, and the script is amazing too!! Simple story, told simply, with great performances by everyone!! No ones bad in this. Not even Jim Jarmusch, who's perfectly cast as the fast food guy. Wish he had another great one like this in him. Like Vincent Gallo's Buffalo '66, another first time masterpiece, that ultimately didn't yield much else:(
send help, my boyfriend won't stop making the grunting noises
Same old same old. An inspiring story about a mentally challenged person. And coming out 2 years after Forrest Gump (1994), Sling Blade (1996) doesn't score a lot of points in originality. Surprisingly, I believe this is my first Billy Bob Thornton movie. He's a good actor. Sling Blade (1996) had good performances all around. And I can see that Lucas Black hasn't changed much since he was a child. The movie was well written and well directed. The score was okay, but I felt that some of the tracks were inappropriate in the scenes where they were used. Electric guitar should not be used when a mentally challenged person is trying to make a life changing decision. It's a…
Shout out to my sister for recommending this movie that ruined my life!!! The plot is lowkey predictable, but that's okay because you shouldn't go into this movie looking for a thriller. It's such an emotionally complex & moving story that it will undoubtedly leave you a puddle on the floor. Karl Childers provides his friend Frank Wheatley, a young boy, the chance at happiness he never had himself. Reconciling the damage done by his own father in his youth, he becomes one of the best father figures in film. Karl Childers transcends his mental illness and traumatic past to become a character that will stick with you forever. At least, I'm pretty sure that he'll stick with me. ❤︎
Ol' Billy Bob Thornton writes, directs, and stars in an emotionally driven story of a man who is seen as a simpleton, yet is anything but. An amazing slow building plot, where you can see the ending of the tunnel, but you are enthralled none the less. Also some amazingly long shot scenes, which seem too numerical to count.
saw the first half sober and the second lit af
I loved it
ooh i swear that boy was an retarded
A Cinematic Journey Through the USA - with Gareth Higgins from "Movies & Meaning".
Film #9 - from Arkansas
Life in Arkansas with the southern drawl and the simplistic lifestyle has a unique flavour. Sling Blade captures this well.
So what was it about this movie that captured my heart? The celebration of differences was central to this story. The friendship between a boy and a simple man was deeply touching for me. The nervousness of a boy relieved every time he played football on the playground. That was my story as a boy!
The complexity of a harsh and brutal world for a boy and for a simple man - each coping in their own way, doing their best in…
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