1996   USA Sling Blade
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Director:Billy Bob Thornton
Writer:Billy Bob Thornton
IMDb Rating:8.0 (79,384 votes)
Duration:135 min
Billy Bob Thornton  ...  (Director)
Billy Bob Thornton  ...  (Writer)
Billy Bob Thornton  ...  Karl Childers
Dwight Yoakam  ...  Doyle Hargraves
J.T. Walsh  ...  Charles Bushman
John Ritter  ...  Vaughan Cunningham
Lucas Black  ...  Frank Wheatley
Natalie Canerday  ...  Linda Wheatley
James Hampton  ...  Jerry Woolridge
Robert Duvall  ...  Karl's Father
Rick Dial  ...  Bill Cox
Brent Briscoe  ...  Scooter Hodges
Christine Renee Ward  ...  Melinda
Sarah Boss  ...  Marsha Dwiggins
Kathy Sue Brown  ...  Theresa Evans
Wendell Rafferty  ...  Melvin
Bruce Hampton  ...  Morris
Daniel Lanois  ...  Composer
Barry Markowitz  ...  Cinematographer
Hughes Winborne  ...  Editor
Summary: A partially handicapped man named Karl is released from a mental hospital, about 20 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 relationship with Frank grows, he is watchful of Doyle's cruel actions.

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