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Sling Blade (1996) - Movie Details

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Crime Drama
135 min.
Release Date
November 27, 1996 (Limited)
May 7, 1997 (Moderate)
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Running Time
135 minutes
MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong language, including descriptions of violent and sexual behavior

When Karl Childers was twelve, he murdered his mother and her lover with a sling blade. Now, almost twenty-five years later, Karl, a grown man, is released upon the world. Though mentally handicapped, he finds a job at a repair shop fixing small motors, and is befriended by a boy named Frank. They become best friends and Frank takes Karl to live in his house with his mom. Karl forms a close bond with Frank,... Full synopsis »

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There's no wonder why Billy Bob Thornton won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Karl in Sling Blade. He does an absolutely superb job the whole way. He creates sympathy towards the character and also creates the character, making Karl a mentally retarded but still capable and humorous man. Full movie review »
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