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Sling Blade

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Original title
Sling Blade
Running time
130 min.
United States United States
Billy Bob Thornton (Play: Billy Bob Thornton)
Daniel Lanois
Barry Markowitz
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Miramax International / The Shooting Galery
Drama | Disability. Southern Gothic
Synopsis / Plot
Karl Childers, now a grown man, is released from a psychiatric hospital where he has been hospitalized since the age of 12 for the murder of his mother and her lover. He returns to his childhood town and although being mentally handicapped, gets a job fixing small motors at a local repair shop. Karl befriends a young boy, Frank, and is soon invited by Frank's mother, Linda, to move into the family's garage. As a strong relationship develops between Karl and Frank, a confrontation builds with Linda's abusive and sometimes violent boyfriend Doyle.
1996: Oscar: Best Adapted Screenplay. 2 Nominations
1996: National Board of Review: Special Award (Billy Bob Thornton)
1996: Satellite Awards: 3 Nominations including Actor Drama (Billy Bob Thornton)
1996: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Adapted Screenplay
1996: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nom. Best Cast & Actor (Thornton)
1996: Independent Spirit Awards: Best First Feature
1996: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Actor (Billy Bob Thornton)
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