Academy Awards 1996 -
Best Adapted Screenplay: Billy Bob Thornton
Sight and Sound - 07/??/1998
"...This is a film that wants us to be alert and it repays our attention handsomely..."
Rolling Stone - 12/12/1996
"...Riveting....SLING BLADE boasts a stupendous performance from Billy Bob Thornton..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/06/1996
"...A beautiful contraption of a movie....[SLING BLADE] haunts us..." -- Rating: A-
Variety - 09/09/1996
"...Marked by some powerful scenes, fine performances and colorful dialogue....Yoakam is excellent..."
Los Angeles Times - 11/27/1996
"...A mesmerizing parable of good and evil and a splendid example of Southern storytelling at its most poetic and imaginative..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 11/27/1996
"...The movie is a work of great originality and fascination....[The] characters are brought to life with a vivid strength..."
Total Film - 06/01/2012 4 stars out of 5 -- "Playing the anti-FORREST GUMP, it's an ace slab of Southern Gothic....It works best as a showcase for BBT's astonishing performance..."
After catching his mother and her boyfriend "in flagrante delicto" and dispatching both of them with a farm implement known as a sling blade, a simpleminded 11-year-old boy is sent to a mental hospital where he spends the next 25 years. Upon his release, the emotionally and mentally stunted man-child returns to his Arkansas hometown and takes a job in a local garage, only to have the past inexorably repeat itself. An indie-film triumph, adapted by star-writer-director Thornton from his 1993 short, "Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade." Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Actor--Billy Bob Thornton. Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay.
Small-town simpleton Karl Childers has spent most of his life in a mental institution, after he killed his mother and her lover with the eponymous weapon at age 12. Now middle-aged, Karl is deemed healthy -- and released into a world he hasn't inhabited since he was a pre-teen. Although many of Karl's experiences in the "real world" are very troubling, they give him valuable insight into human nature... and himself. But can he completely escape his tragic past' Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Actor--Billy Bob Thornton. Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay.