Sling Blade

$24m

DBO
15 1996 135 minutes Facebook

Synopsis

25 Years after committing an unthinkable crime, a quiet man named Karl finally returns home. Once there, he's befriended by a fatherless boy and his mother, but when his newfound peace is shattered by the mother's abusive boyfriend, Karl is suddenly placed on a collision course with his past.

Credits

Awards

1997 Academy Awards

Winner

  • Best Screenplay - Adaptation

Nominated

  • Best Actor - Leading Role

Featured Clips

Sling Blade - We Ain't Got No Band

Sling Blade - We Ain't Got No Band

In this scene: Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton), Vaughan Cunningham (John Ritter), Doyle Hargraves (Dwight Yoakam)

Sling Blade - Antique Furniture and Midgets

Sling Blade - Antique Furniture and Midgets

It's "family time," which means Linda and Frank get to spend the evening listening to Doyle's colorful opinion on Vaughn, Frank and fixing his own supper. In this scene: Doyle Hargraves (Dwight Yoakam), Linda Wheatley (Natalie Canerday), Frank Wheatley (Lucas Black), Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton), Charles Bushman (J.T. Walsh)

Sling Blade - Official Trailer (HD)

Sling Blade - Official Trailer (HD)

25 Years after committing an unthinkable crime, a quiet man named Karl finally returns home. Once there, he's befriended by a fatherless boy and his mother, but when his newfound peace is shattered by the mother's abusive boyfriend, Karl is suddenly placed on a collision course with his past. Starring, in alphabetical order: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, John Ritter, Lucas Black

Sling Blade - Bouquets and Blisters

Sling Blade - Bouquets and Blisters

Despite the quarter-sized blister on her heal, it seems that Linda didn't have all that bad of a time on she and Karl's date. In this scene: Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton), Melinda (Christy Ward)

Sling Blade - Exit Interview

Sling Blade - Exit Interview

During his interview, Karl retells the story of his crime as calmly and contently as he would read the Bible. In this scene: Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton)

Sling Blade - A Guy's Guy

Sling Blade - A Guy's Guy

Linda and Vaughan have their reservations about Karl after Vaughan introduces him as his new friend. In this scene: Linda Wheatley (Natalie Canerday), Vaughan Cunningham (John Ritter), Frank Wheatley (Lucas Black), Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton)

Sling Blade - Bags Full of Warsh

Sling Blade - Bags Full of Warsh

While sitting outside of the laundry mat, Karl makes an unlikely new friend. In this scene: Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton), Frank Wheatley (Lucas Black)

Sling Blade - I'm Proud of You

Sling Blade - I'm Proud of You

A game of football strengthens the bond between Karl and Frank. In this scene: Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton), Frank Wheatley (Lucas Black)

Sling Blade - $25

Sling Blade - $25

Charles tells Karl a story about his old Mercury and the hairy-armed girl who let him down. In this scene: Charles Bushman (J.T. Walsh), Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton)

Sling Blade - Checking In

Sling Blade - Checking In

Jerry visits Karl at work, making sure that he's doing alright in the outside world. In this scene: Jerry Woolridge (James Hampton), Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton)

Sling Blade - Peckers

Sling Blade - Peckers

In the garage, Frank and Karl enjoy some potted meat with a side of great company. In this scene: Frank Wheatley (Lucas Black), Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton)

Sling Blade - One Large French Fries

Sling Blade - One Large French Fries

As Karl attempts to enjoy his first taste of freedom, it's clear functioning in the outside world is going to take some serious adjusting. In this scene: Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton)

Now Playing: Sling Blade - We Ain't Got No Band
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter, Dwight Yoakam

In this scene: Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton), Vaughan Cunningham (John Ritter), Doyle Hargraves (Dwight Yoakam)