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Billy Bob Thornton

Sling Blade

Edition 1997
136' - 1997 - Drama - Dialogue: English
Director: Billy Bob Thornton Composer: Daniel Lanois With: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, Robert Duvall, Jim Jarmusch, James Hampton, John Ritter
Unforgettable for its tragedy, this unique film marks the directorial debut of screenwriter/actor Billy Bob Thornton who also plays the lead. Set in the Deep South and filmed with a pace that is as languid as a Southern summer day, the film begins as fully grown but child-like Karl Childers stares into a news reporter's camera and blandly recites the chilling story of his life and how he came to commit a shocking double homicide. The interview takes place outside the hospital for the criminally insane where the mentally retarded Karl has spent most of his life. Now due to budget cuts, he is being released with no place to go and little money. No one is worried that the violence will recur for Karl, though slow-witted, realises he did wrong and does not want to harm anyone.

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Credits

Director

Billy Bob Thornton

Composer

Daniel Lanois

With

Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, Robert Duvall, Jim Jarmusch, James Hampton, John Ritter

Scenario

Billy Bob Thornton

Director of Photography

Barry Markowitz

Editor

Hughes Winborne

Producer

David L. Bushell, Brandon Ross

More information

Dialogue

English

Countries of production

United States of America

Screenplay based on

"Swine Before Pearls" (Billy Bob Thornton)

Year

1997

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