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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 77
Category: DramaNotable as: DramaSub-Category: drama filmNarrative location: ArkansasRuntime: 135 - 148 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Billy Bob ThorntonScreenwriter: Billy Bob ThorntonMusic: Daniel LanoisStars: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J. T. Walsh, John Ritter, Lucas Black, Natalie Canerday, James Hampton, Robert Duvall, Rick Dial, Brent Briscoe Producer: Larry MeistrichStudio: Miramax FilmsAwards won: Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Billy Bob Thornton)Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Billy Bob Thornton)Award details: (details at IMDb)
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Sling Blade is a 1996 American drama film set in rural Arkansas, written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, who also stars in the lead role. It tells the story of a man with a developmental disability named Karl Childers who is released from a psychiatric hospital, where he has lived since killing his mother and her lover when he was 12 years old, and the friendship he develops with a young boy. In addition to Thornton, it stars Dwight Yoakam, J. T. Walsh, John Ritter, Lucas Black, Natalie Canerday, James Hampton, and Robert Duvall. The movie was adapted by Thornton from his short film and previous screenplay, Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade. Sling Blade proved to be a sleeper hit, launching Thornton into stardom. It won the Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, and Thornton was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role. The music for the soundtrack was provided by French Canadian artist/producer Daniel Lanois.


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