Sling Blade | 1996

Drama, Thriller
A mentally challenged man, who murdered his mother and her lover, is released from prison and befriends a young boy in a small town.
Director: Billy Bob Thornton
Awards: 1 Oscar win. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... Karl Childers

Actor

... Doyle Hargraves

Actor

... Charles Bushman

Actor

... Vaughn Cunningham

Actor

... Frank Wheatley

Actor

... Linda Wheatley

Actor

... Jerry Woolridge

Actor

... Karl's Father

Actor

... Bill Cox

Actor

... Scooter Hodges

Actor

... Melinda

Actor

... Marsha Dwiggins

Actor

Company

Allied Film & Video

Production Company

Disc Insurance

Production Company

Global Banking From The Chase Manhattan Bank

Production Company

Kahn & Jacobs Public Relations

Production Company

Kingshill Group Inc

Production Company

Shooting Gallery Placement

Production Company

Synopsis

The tale of Karl Childers, a mildly retarded man faced with a complex moral dilemma. As a child, Karl was severely abused by his fanatically religious parents, who considered him a punishment from God. When he found his mother sexually entangled with the town bully, Karl believed their actions were wrong--and killed them, swiftly and brutally, with a sling blade. Now, against his will, Karl has been released from an asylum to return to society after twenty-five years. A gifted mechanic, Karl finds work in his small Southern hometown, where he meets young Frank Wheatley. Frank is the first person ever to accept him without fear or judgment; the two become instant friends, and Frank convinces his mother Linda to let Karl live with them. But there's trouble in the Wheatley home: Linda's abusive, narrow-minded boyfriend. Groping to reconcile his own simple moral code with everything he has been taught about right and wrong, Karl must decide whether to stand by and watch, or step in to protect Frank.

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