Posted by: dailymovierec | January 23, 2008

Sling Blade (1996)

When we think about Billy Bob Thornton, we tend to think of a borderline serious actor, who has girlfriends wearing vials of his blood around their neck. Sling Blade however, is the movie that made Mr. Thornton a major star. This southern gothic movie which he directed, wrote, and starred in, has become regarded as a modern classic for its deep and nuanced characters. While there was a good deal of mockery of Thornton’s character Karl at the time of the film’s release, critics and audiences have agreed that beyond a few humorous lines, Thornton has created a moving character, who is able to redefine right and wrong in spite or (or perhaps because of) his mental handicap. Once you can move beyond the shock of seeing Billy Bob Thornton in such an unusual role, you will come face to face with the man’s raw talent. A ferocious, beautiful movie — highly recommended.

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  1. Ha! Jim Jarmusch is the Frostee Cream boy, I didn’t know that.

    Great performances also by Dwight Yoakam and the sadly missed John Ritter and J. T. Walsh.

  2. I was fortunate enough to have George Hickenlooper’s father as one of my main professors in college. We were treated one afternoon to a showing of the short, directed by Hickenlooper, that preceded SlingBlade — a kind of spec film called “Some Folks Call it A Sling Blade” that was mainly Billy Bob in full character. Some of the content of that short made it into the film. It was amazing to have had that opportunity in advance of this great movie. Check out the short: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108181/

  3. Oh — one more thing I noticed. Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade was released in 1999. I saw it in 1995 or before. Pretty cool.


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