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Sling Blade [Blu-ray] [Import]

Billy Bob Thornton , Dwight Yoakam , Billy Bob Thornton    Unrated   Blu-ray
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Under rated movie that is well worth seeing. July 8 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Way good movie! June 15 2014
By Jamie
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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. If your not moved by this movie you are as cold as a fish inside. Just excellent I reckon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Bob Thornton's Best! Sept. 21 2013
By Misty
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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...I can't see Mr Thorton outdoing this absolutely fantastic film. Written, directed and acted by Thorton, the viewer quickly becomes involved in the character of Carl, a mentally handicapped man & the people he meets and becomes involved with & forget that it's Mr Thornton in the staring role. Superb acting throughout the film, believable characters & a story that will tear at your heart. You will love to hate Dwight Yokum as the abusive boyfriend involved with the family who befriends Carl & will be touched by John Ritter in his last movie role. A superb film by anyone's standards, I would rate it a 5 +++++ if I could.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show March 28 2013
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Classic movie
Billy Bob Thornton at his best.
Lucas Black plays a very believeable role as well.
I recommend this movie
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A legendary performance for Billy Bob Thornton June 20 2004
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Bob does everything but sell the popcorn July 12 2004
Billy Bob Thornton took his screenplay and directed himself in this unforgettable film.
Thornton's Karl Childers became one of the Icons of American cinema, and I still hear people doing Karl's gravel-throated mumble which gets an immediate look of recognition from the people around.
Karl is an essentially good man who is mentally challenged. He recognizes good and bad in others, and he seems to understand his place in the world, even if the intricacies of complex human relationships pass by him as unnoticed as the ozone layer.
As the movie opens we learn that Karl is being held in a State Mental Hospital many years after he has killed a couple of people he thought were doing wrong. I'd say more here, but I think it might spoil some of your enjoyment of the movie to learn more - so just watch the movie! We also learn that Karl is being released because they've "cured him".
He goes back to his home town with all his worldly belongings in a sack. A kindly Doctor from the institution gets him a job as a lawn-mower mechanic and he meets a little boy who is friendly to him.
This is a movie of characters, and simply describing them would not do the characters justice. Karl is a simple man with a pretty well-developed sense of right and wrong. The little boy has lost his father, and the boy's mother, Linda, (portrayed in a wonderfully understated performance by Natalie Canerday) has taken up with a hard drinking, bad-mouthing redneck played by Dwight Yoakam. The late John Ritter is almost unrecognizable playing the soft-spoken crew-cut manager of the store where Linda works. Ritter's Vaughan is devoted to Linda and the little boy, Frank (played by Lucas Black), but Vaughan is also a homosexual in a small town in the south, and his social status is precarious.
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