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Sling Blade [DVD] [1995]

  • SKU: 19222783
  • Release Date: 04/15/2011
  • Rating: R

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (36 out of 37)

    Special Features

    • Disc 1:
    • Sling Blade director's cut
    • Feature commentary with writer/director/actor Bob Thornton
    • Disc 2:
    • Mr. Thornton goes to Hollywood
    • Bravo profiles: Billy Bob Thornton
    • A roundtable discussion with Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, Mickey Jones and producer David Bushell
    • A conversation with Billy Bob Thornton and Robert Duvall
    • A conversation with Robert Duvall
    • A conversation with Billy Bob Thornton and composer Daniel Lanois
    • The return of Karl
    • On the set:
    • 1. Billy Bob at work
    • 2. Doyle's band: The Johnsons
    • 3. Doyle gets pummeled
    • "Doyle's Dead" - with inntroduction by Billy Bob Thornton
    • Sling Blade reviews


    Sling Blade
    Sling Blade marked the directorial debut of country singer turned actor Billy Bob Thornton, who also authored the script (expanding George Hickenlooper's acclaimed short Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade) and stars in the picture. Thornton plays Karl Childers, a mildly retarded man who spent most of his life in a mental institution. When Karl was a boy, he was severely mistreated by his abusive father (Robert Duvall). At age 12, Karl found his mother having intercourse with a man who tormented him endlessly; he snapped, flew into a homicidal rage, and killed both individuals by decapitating them. Years later, as a middle-aged man, Karl is deemed harmless to society and released from the mental institution where he resides. Karl says he has learned his lesson and adds, "I reckon I got no reason to kill no one." He returns to the town of his boyhood, where he's befriended by Frank (Lucas Black), the son of a widowed mother who sees the eccentric but open-hearted Karl as a kindred spirit. Karl also gets a job at a fix-it shop and resides in the backroom, until Frank's mother, Linda (Natalie Canerday), takes a liking to Karl and lets him stay with them. However, Karl also meets Doyle (Dwight Yoakam), Linda's boyfriend, a sadistically cruel, narrow-minded drunk who tosses casual abuse at Frank, treats Linda like dirt, and mocks Karl endlessly. The late John Ritter co-stars as Linda's friend Vaughan, a mild-mannered homosexual who works at the neighborhood dollar store. Musicians Col. Bruce Hampton and Vic Chesnutt are among Doyle's party guests. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Billy Bob Thornton
      Billy Bob Thornton - Karl Childers
    • Dwight Yoakam
      Dwight Yoakam - Doyle Hargraves
    • J.T. Walsh
      J.T. Walsh - Charles Bushman
    • John Ritter
      John Ritter - Vaughan Cunningham
    • Lucas Black
      Lucas Black - Frank Wheatley

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 37 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Unexpected Great


      Billy Bob Thornton's directorial debut is outstanding. It takes a man with a bad childhood who freaks out and kills his mother when he catches her having an affair with a man that had mistreated him personally. When he is cleared and released from an institution as a middle aged man he makes a big difference for the community and saves a family that is going through the same abusive life by the man of their house. I had not heard a lot about this movie before seeing it, but now I would honestly say it is one of the best movies I have ever seen and it is easily in the top 10 favorite movies that I personally own, which includes over 300 difference movies. My movie collection is large, but only includes one or two questionable purchase choices. This movie is definitely a keeper in my collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Movie

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Billy Bob Thorton nails this character and also does a great job directing this film. The movie gives great drama along with humor all rolled into one as Thorton's character is Karl Childress is dismissed from a mental hospital after a long stay when he killed his mother and her lover. Once on "the outside", he befriends a young boy and his mother. . Robert Duvall, John Ritter and country singer Dwight Yokum also star in this great film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Exceptional story, acting, authenticity.

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      One of the great movies of our time. It will take you through a wide range of emotions. This is, in my opinion, Billy Bob Thornton's greatest role ever. The late John Ritter is incrediblly convincing, and Dwight Yokum plays the villain as well as anyone can, except maybe the coked out psycho hit man from Sharky's Machine.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I loved this movie. I am so glad that it was finally made on blu-ray. This is a great movie that showed me that friendship between two people of different ages is real. Billy Bob's character really cared for that boy and his mama. He protected them and wanted no harm to come to them.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Billy Bob on the map

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Movie that gets Billy Bob on the map and one of John Ritters last good works. Filled with great action and some funny parts as well. Real life settings and some cruel realities of how our mentally handicapped populations are handled.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Billy Bob impressive

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I had not wanted to see this movie until last year. Most people I knew made it out to sound like a slasher film. Billy Bob Thorton really transforms him self in Slingblade. A great cast, and a wonderful story line.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      What a surprise

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      I was very surprised by the complexity of this movie. I had heard about it but did not really know what to expect. Saw it on sale so I grabbed it on a whim. Can't wait to watch it again.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      not my favorite

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This was bought as a gift for somebody who had worn out their previous copy of the movie. I can't stand it, they love it. So 3 stars for a 50/50 movie.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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