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Sling Blade [Blu-ray] [Import]

Billy Bob Thornton , Dwight Yoakam , Billy Bob Thornton    Unrated   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
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Billy Bob Thornton wrote, directed, and starred in this mesmerizing drama with haunting overtones of To Kill a Mockingbird. Thornton plays a mentally retarded man who has spent 20 years in a psychiatric hospital for killing his mother and her lover. Released into the community from which he came, he befriends and protects a lonely boy regularly harassed and abused by his mom's boyfriend (a terrific performance by Dwight Yoakam). The story is ultimately about sacrifice, but Thornton certainly doesn't get twinkly about it. Some of the best material concerns the hero's no-big-deal efforts to integrate into a "normal" life: working, eating fast food, earning admiration for his handyman skills, and attaining a semblance of community among other damaged souls. John Ritter has a great part as a gay shopkeeper who tries to assuage his own loneliness by spilling his guts out to Thornton's uncomprehending character. --Tom Keogh

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5.0 out of 5 stars A legendary performance for Billy Bob Thornton June 20 2004
Format:DVD
Sling Blade starts out at a mental home where Karl, played by Thornton, is being released after 25 years. He killed his mother and a boyfriend after he caught them having sex and he didn't think it seemed right. But Karl is deemed to be safe for society and he is also a man with a good heart that when asked if he will do it again replies,"I don't reckon I got no reason to kill nobody." Karl, by the way is somewhat mentally challenged. So it is time to be released, and Karl returns to the town he used to call home with no place to go and no one to return to (except a father who will not recognize him).
Karl befriends a young boy named Frank, and the two are friends from the start. Both of them share some of the same emotional issues, but in Frank's case it is due to his mother's abusive boyfriend Doyle (played by Dwight Yoakam). Karl gets a job working on small engines at a local garage and lives there for a while, but Frank and his mother agree it would be good for Karl to live with them. From the first time Karl meets Doyle, he begins to see what a terrible person he is. Doyle is constantly belittling Frank and Vaughn (a friend of Frank's mother who is gay), and is verbally and physically abusive to Linda (Frank's mom). Karl appears to be a very simple man, but it is apparent that his mind is always at work analyzing the people around him. Doyle grows worse and worse, and Karl becomes increasingly fed up with him. Karl always remains calm no matter the situation, but we start to see that he is the only one who can make things better for Linda, Frank and Vaughn and that as the movie progresses Karl realizes something must be done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A darker, more sinister Forrest Gump June 16 2004
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Format:DVD
Thornton portrays a man whose apparent stupidity masks a deeper understanding of morals and circumstance than the common man. Everyone treats him as, and calls him, a "retard", yet he sits in his own presence watching and learning...taking in his surroundings to figure out who is decent, and who isnn't. He just wants to get on with his life, yet, he befriends a young boy by happenstance who he can relate to through common toils and emotion, who he can share his innermost thoughts and dark history with, and who he can - within his own diminished capacity- protect in full with his own paternal....no fraternal....regards.
This movie will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you cringe. But it won't let you go until you see it in its entirety, and question the fact - is it okay to kill if it's for a better cause?
A must-see.
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Normally, movies that are written, directed and star the same person have some fatal flaw due to over-control and a lack of another voice of reason. However, in this case, Billy Bob Thorton put together a great movie.
Billy Bob's portrayal of "Karl", a retarded man who killed his mother and lover as a child, is one of the best characters ever on screen. With his high-water pants, bad haircut, underslung grin and gravelly voice, he's not someone you'll soon forget.
A finely acted film, even the smallest parts were well-done. Suprisingly, John Ritter (an actor who I can not normally watch), gave the finest performance of his career as a gay store manager. Dwight Yoakum was great as the abusive boyfriend, and Lucas Black was good as the kid. J.T Walsh, Robert Duvall, and James Hampton are also in it.
This is not a Disney type plot, and there is a fair amount of swearing and yelling, and some violence. It all is natural to the story however, and the dialogue is some of the best you'll hear anywhere.
I don't give out 5 stars to movies very often. Mmm-hmmm.
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"Sling Blade" put Billy Bob Thornton on the map. Suddenly, the general public discovered for itself the talented actor who had never previously been able to penetrate the mainstream consciousness. However, that's about the only significant aspect of "Sling Blade" for it is a strange disjointed work that leaves the viewer cold and unsatisfied.
Karl Childers (Thornton) has lived in a mental institution ever since he killed his mother and her lover when he was younger. He has been declared fit for release and soon finds a job as a garage mechanic. After befriending a young boy named Frank Wheatley (Lucas Black), Karl moves into his home. However, there is trouble in the household because of the tense relationship between Frank's mother (Natalie Canerday) and her abusive boyfriend (Dwight Yoakam). Karl eventually decides that he wants to set matters right after observing the cruelty imposed on Frank and his mother. However, tragedy ensues when Karl's limited comprehension of the world around him leads him to devise only one horrifying solution to the problem.
The only thing separating "Sling Blade" from a television movie-of-the week is Thornton's performance. It is so different from anything you're used to seeing that it sticks in your mind long after the end of the film. Thornton succeeds in vividly bringing to life his character but his Karl is trapped within a pedestrian story. The-outsider-being-brought-into-a-troubled-family-circle-with-resulting-disastrous-results routine has been done many times before. There are no new twists or fresh perspectives in this latest re-telling so the entire film has a general feeling of "seen-it-all-before" to it. The pacing is also languid which does not help matters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Under rated movie that is well worth seeing.
Very well done movie and good acting. Good story line and it was clean without the usual swearing that seems to be the norm in films these days. Highly recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Doyle Bray
5.0 out of 5 stars Way good movie!
Fella's at work were always talking about this movie. I totally know why now that I've seen it. Title is misleading. It's not a horror flick. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Bob Thornton's Best!
This movie to Billy Bob Thornton is what "Dances With Wolves" is to Kevin Costner....simply the best work he's ever done and probably will ever do... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Misty
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
Classic movie
Billy Bob Thornton at his best.
Lucas Black plays a very believeable role as well.
I recommend this movie
Published 19 months ago by Elenor Mathis
4.0 out of 5 stars review
I've heard this is a very good movie....however, since this is a gift for my husband for Christmas and we share the same email, please do not send anymore reviews until after... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Susan Doherty
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Movie and Performances
Some movies are like novels. You get drawn in, and the character development is so thorough that you forget that you are watching actors. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Glenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
I realize we're probably not supposed to write a movie review, but this film is brilliant! Thornton exceeded all expectations with this performance, and Yoakam is stunning. Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2010 by hannah
3.0 out of 5 stars doesnt live up to the hype.
meh, waaaaaaay to aaarrgh, whats the word im looking for...derivative, thats it.

story has been told enough times already, so its too predictable... Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2010 by borazborazboraz
5.0 out of 5 stars karl childers
this is one of the best movies ive ever seen. i have it on vhs and i watch it alot still to this day.. just like some of the others have said here. Read more
Published on March 16 2006 by hillbilly katz
5.0 out of 5 stars Karl is full of Jesus' love
I could have never imagined that the movie would touch me in such a powerful way. I was in awe for quite some time after watching it. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2004 by Vladimir Dinovich
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