EMDB > All Movies > S > Sling Blade
bar orange to black
Sling Blade (1996)  link to Sling Blade on IMDb  link to trailer on IMDb

Number: 1243

poster Sling Blade

IMDb Rating:
star star star star star star star star star star
8.0/10 (82154 votes)

Country: USA, 135 minutes

Spoken Languages: English

Genre(s): Drama

Director(s): Billy Bob Thornton

A partially handicapped man named Karl is released from a mental hospital, about 20 years after murdering his mother and another person. Karl is often questioned if he will ever kill again, and he shrugs in response saying there is no reason to. Now out of the mental institution, Karl settles in his old, small hometown, occupying himself by fixing motors. After meeting a young boy named Frank, who befriends him, Karl is invited to stay at Frank's house with his mother Linda, who views Karl as a strange but kind and generous man. However, Linda's abusive boyfriend, Doyle, sees things differently in the way rules ought to be run- normally insulting Linda's homosexual friend Vaughan as well as Karl's disabilities, and having wild parties with his friends. As Karl's relationship with Frank grows, he is watchful of Doyle's cruel actions.


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

Medium: Media file,

Location: [Seagate Expansion Drive]G:\Movies\S\Sling Blade (1996).avi

Loaned: No

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1