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Sling Blade (1996) Movie Reviews

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03/21/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Sling Blade review

"We don't need to think bad thoughts." Karl (Billy Bob Thornton) meets a little boy named Frank after his release. Francis's mother, Linda, has a crude racist boyfriend named Doyle (Dwight Yoakam). Doyle swears and becomes violent when drinking to the extent of hurting even a cripple and hitting a female. One of the most realistic drama's coupled with an astoundingly impressive portrayal from the writer/director/actor. The screenplay was very provocative with quotable lines form: "Everybody has something in their past." - Vaughan. "You'll have to learn. It's going to take some time." - Jerry and "Your still a young boy. You have to think about good thoughts." Performances were all sincere and the only slight knack would be a few fillers and pace of the film. Sling Blade is a great...

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06/10/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Biscuits and mustard @ #57.

This movie is superb! Billy Bob Thornton gives what surely will be recognized as the best performance of his career. Some will argue that it is less challenging for an actor to play the role of a character that he created and directed himself. Perhaps, as with Robert Duvall in "The Apostle," this is the Academy's justification for not awarding Thornton the Oscar he deserved. (He did win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, however.) Be that as it may, Thornton's performance is outstanding. Some may liken Karl Childers to Forrest Gump, another simpleton with deeper-than-appears perception. But Thornton's Childers is deeper, more believable, more endearing, and far more interesting than Gump. He is a person you won't easily forget. A strong supporting performance by the late John Ritter a...

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