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Sling Blade

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Mentally disabled Karl Childers is released from the mental hospital where he has spent most of his life after murdering his mother and her lover. When starting a new life in a small town, Karl befriends a young boy named Frank and devises a way to save Frank from years of abuse.
Actors: Christine Renee Ward,
Christine Renee Ward
Christine Renee Ward
Ian Moore,
Ian Moore
Ian Moore 15 June 1954, London, England, UK
Dwight Yoakam,
Dwight Yoakam
Dwight Yoakam 23 October 1956, Pikeville, Kentucky, USA
Betty Lynn Hall,
Betty Lynn Hall
Betty Lynn Hall
Vic Chesnutt,
Vic Chesnutt
Vic Chesnutt 12 November 1964, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
D.J. Royston,
D.J. Royston
D.J. Royston
Wendell Rafferty,
Wendell Rafferty
Wendell Rafferty
Scott Stewart,
Scott Stewart
Scott Stewart 27 October 1965, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Tom Kagy,
Tom Kagy
Tom Kagy
Sarah Boss,
Sarah Boss
Sarah Boss 15 June 1975, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
Judy Pryor Trice,
Judy Pryor Trice
Judy Pryor Trice
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Genre: Drama
Director: Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton 4 August 1955, Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
Country: United States
Release: 1996
IMDb: 8.0
Quality:
Duration: 135 min
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Movie Metropolis
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August 01, 2009

Thornton offers a subtle, thoughtful script, generally sensitive direction, and an understated performance, uh-huh.
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New York Times

May 08, 2002

An abundance of long, flat medium shots that rob the film of intimacy and give it a sleepy pace.
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Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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July 23, 2009

Excellent character study of a mentally challenged person.
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Washington Post
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January 01, 2000

Sling Blade takes you down paths full of primitive, almost biblical implications, but it also finds comic relief in moments of palpable tension.
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Groucho Reviews
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August 12, 2009

Thornton brings three key ingredients to the table: distinctive, rich, authentic Southern locations, patient and painterly atmosphere, and a precise and fresh character to study. [Blu-ray]
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Old School Reviews
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February 15, 2012

Much of the audience appeal relies on the film's simplicity
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Washington Post
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May 08, 2002

A masterpiece of Southern storytelling.
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Film.com

January 01, 2000

In Sling Blade, Thornton lays claim to the title of hyphenate of the year.
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Movie Views
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August 28, 2009

Well acted, a multi-leveled story and a pure honesty make Sling Blade one of my favourite films of the 1990s.
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Los Angeles Times
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February 14, 2001

A mesmerizing parable of good and evil and a splendid example of Southern storytelling at its most poetic and imaginative.
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EmanuelLevy.Com
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July 22, 2011

Marking Billy Bob Thornton's debut as a director and solo writer, Sling Blade is a powerful southern gothic parable about good and evil.
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Salon.com
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January 01, 2000

By its midpoint, however, Thornton has begun forcing both the film's poetry and the preternatural goodness of its simple-minded protagonist, and Sling Blade's sweet charms begin to curdle.
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