Rex Review

Not many people can fully transform into another person, it’s an incredibly difficult task. And then add being the writer & director as well. Billy Bob Thornton masterfully fills all those shoes and was able to create one of the strangest yet heart-touching films ever made. Watch this and you’ll be talking like Sling Blade for a week.

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Sling Blade (1996) Drama | 135min | March 14, 1997 (United States) 8.0
Director: Billy Bob ThorntonWriter: Billy Bob ThorntonStars: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. WalshSummary: A partially handicapped man named Karl is released from a mental hospital, about 20 years after murdering his mother and another person. Karl is often questioned if he will ever kill again, and he shrugs in response saying there is no reason to. Now out of the mental institution, Karl settles in his old, small hometown, occupying himself by fixing motors. After meeting a young boy named Frank, who befriends him, Karl is invited to stay at Frank's house with his mother Linda, who views Karl as a strange but kind and generous man. However, Linda's abusive boyfriend, Doyle, sees things differently in the way rules ought to be run- normally insulting Linda's homosexual friend Vaughan as well as Karl's disabilities, and having wild parties with his friends. As Karl's relationship with Frank grows, he is watchful of Doyle's cruel actions. —commanderblue

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