Sling Blade

Format DVD Video Type Movie
Length 135 minutes Genre Crime, Drama
Production Year 1996 Library Index A02:030
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Director(s) Billy Bob Thornton  Cast Lucas Black  - Frank Wheatley
Natalie Canerday  - Jerry Woolridge
Robert Duvall  - Karl's Father
John Ritter  - Vaughan Cunningham
Billy Bob Thornton  - Karl Childers
J.T. Walsh  - Charles Bushman
Synopsis A partially handicapped man named Karl is released from a mental hospital, several years after murdering his mother and another person. Karl is often questioned if he will ever kill again, and he shrugs in response saying there is no reason to. Now out of the mental institution, Karl settles in his old, small hometown, occupying himself by fixing motors. After meeting a young boy named Frank who befriends him, Karl is invited to stay at Frank's house with his mother Linda- who views Karl as a strange but kind and generous man. However, Linda's abusive boyfriend Doyle, sees things differently in the way rules ought to be run- normally insulting Linda's homosexual friend Vaughan as well as Karl's disabilities, and having wild parties with his friends. As Karl's relation with Frank grows, he is ever so watchful of Doyle's cruel actions.
Oscar Wins 1997 Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium - Billy Bob Thornton
Nominations 1997 Oscar: Best Actor in a Leading Role - Billy Bob Thornton