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Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade (1994)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama, Thriller | 23 November 1999 (USA)
Twenty-five years after commiting a double murder, Karl Childers is going to be released from an institution for the criminally insane. A local reporter comes to talk to him, and after some... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Bob Thornton ... Karl Childers
Molly Ringwald ... Teresa Tatum
J.T. Walsh ... Charles Bushman
Jefferson Mays ... Gerry Woolridge
Suzanne Cryer ... Frances
Abby Abernathy Abby Abernathy
Brent Briscoe
Otto Coelho Otto Coelho ... (as Otto Coecho)
Abe Dalool Abe Dalool
Ron Livingston
Aaron Wheeler Aaron Wheeler
Bill Boll Bill Boll
Chester Dent Chester Dent
Bill Sprague Bill Sprague
Joey Bilow Joey Bilow
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Twenty-five years after commiting a double murder, Karl Childers is going to be released from an institution for the criminally insane. A local reporter comes to talk to him, and after some fussing about her gender, the institution's director lets her talk to Karl (after all, he'll have to talk to women after his release). Karl talks about his life leading up to the crime, and the reporter listens in horror. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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English

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23 November 1999 (USA) See more »

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Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade See more »

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1.85 : 1
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In the first scene, Charles Bushman moves some checkers around while another man sits in a trance-like state. At this point both of the seated man's hands are on the table. However, when Charles moves away from the table, one of the seated man's hands is now resting on his leg, below the table. See more »

Alternate Versions

This short B&W film is the precursor to Sling Blade. It is almost identical to the opening segment of the full-length color feature. Molly Ringwald played the news reporter only in the short version. Screenwriter and lead actor Billy Bob Thornton later also directed the 1996 feature. See more »

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A gripping petite histoire of human madness
7 April 2001 | by libertyvalanceSee all my reviews

Billy Bob Thornton's screenplay manages admirably to catch the inevitability of violence in impossible family situations. The question one might ask is: who has been wronged most? You simply can not lock up a child in a shed for years and expect it to act rationally. George Hickenlooper does well to restrict his staging to a cool minimum. The actors get more space that way. Molly Ringwald, J.T.Walsh and Billy Bob Thornton are equally good in this gripping short. Although I'm not certain whether I agree with Hickenlooper's choice of two-shot for the interview scene -B.B.Thornton shot the same scene almost completely in close up for his SLING BLADE; and to good effect- his decision to use black and white photography was a wise one. This kind of film is not a dime a dozen, it should be treasured.


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