Sling Blade

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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

Chapter List

Disc #1 -- Sling Blade
1. State Hospital [7:49]
2. "Some Folks Called It a Sling Blade, I Call It a Kaiser Blade" [9:44]
3. "French Fried Potaters" [4:11]
4. Frank Wheatley [3:38]
5. "I Never Was No Good With History" [5:39]
6. Bill's Repair Shop [6:07]
7. Hoochie's Dollar Store [4:39]
8. Frank's Secret Place [4:32]
9. Doyle Hargraves [8:00]
10. Potted Meat [1:19]
11. "Not Funny Ha Ha, Funny Queer" [5:17]
12. "Get the Band Together" [6:19]
13. Drunk Drivin' [1:37]
14. "Cookes of Discontent" [8:07]
15. Biscuits and Mustard [1:36]
16. Jerry Checks up on Karl [4:20]
17. Supper at Vaughan's [2:12]
18. Melinda [3:18]
19. Karl's Baby Brother [4:01]
20. Frank Brings Karen Flowers [4:38]
21. An Apology From Doyle [2:50]
22. "A Wiz With Small Engines" [3:38]
23. "I Ain't Never Found No Way to Not Be Nervous" [1:07]
24. "I Darn Near Made Me a Touchdown" [2:07]
25. "I Ain't Got No Boy" [1:34]
26. Karl's Baptism, Doyle's Sermon [6:04]
27. "You Will Be Happy" [5:45]
28. Doyle's in a Bad Way [8:21]
29. "It Was Too Big" [11:02]
30. Credits [3:29]
Disc #2 -- Sling Blade - Bonus Material
1. Growing up in Arkansas [5:04]
2. My First Big Break [2:15]
3. Not Just From a Saw Background [3:40]
4. Billy Bob and Tom Head to New York [6:48]
5. Meeting Billy Wilder [4:06]
6. "A Funny Story Not Even Billy Knows About" [5:23]
7. Diagnosis: Myocarditis [7:45]
8. Andy Griffin Was My Hero [4:02]
9. The Creation of Karl [6:36]
10. Sling Blade Gets Its First Screening [5:30]
11. Lightnin', You're the Boss [:55]
12. The Perfect Cast [1:32]
13. Daniel Lanois Scores the Movie [9:34]
14. Just a Kid From Malvern, Arkansas [1:00]
1. Garage Bands [7:52]
2. How We Met [12:11]
3. Casting Lucas [7:12]
4. Think About Your Mama [6:02]
5. John Ritter [13:27]
6. Hillbilly Zen [6:55]
7. Billy Imitates Duvall [4:51]
8. Influences [3:21]
9. Favorite Line [8:05]
10. The Reckoning [2:00]
11. She Hated the Movie [:55]
12. Success of the Film [2:23]
1. How We First Met [3:03]
2. Two-Hamburger Lunch [1:24]
3. How It Came Together [3:43]
4. Working Together Again [:20]
1. Ten Years After [1:06]
2. How I Met Billy Bob [1:09]
3. Robert's Shooting Day [3:58]
4. How the Movie Holds up [:24]
5. Billy Bob's Oscar [:14]
6. On Billy Bob's Success [:41]
1. Daniel Performs Omni [2:24]
2. How I Found Daniel [4:49]
3. Recording Asylum [5:25]
4. Favorite Cues [4:32]
5. Success of Movie and Soundtrack [4:29]
6. Omni in Sling Blade [1:17]