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1,016 Ratings

Sling Blade

Directed by Billy Bob Thornton
United States, 1996
Drama, Crime


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.

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Sling Blade Directed by Billy Bob Thornton

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1997 | Winner: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

1997 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Critics reviews

Dropped into the middle of a southern backwater populated by densely realized, fully recognizable individuals, Karl is a minimalist construction: morally and dramatically, he functions as a catalyst on this world when he’s released from the hospital shortly after the film begins. Thornton may deserve the attention he’s received for his performance as Karl, but as writer he’s assigned himself none of the familiarity or readability of the other characters. Yet we’re mesmerized by him…
April 25, 1997
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