Sling Blade

Sling Blade poster
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.

Director: Billy Bob Thornton
Writer: Billy Bob Thornton (play), Billy Bob Thornton (screenplay)
Production: Miramax Films
Genre: drama
Year: 1996
MetaScore: 84/100
ImdbRating: 8.0
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 14 Mar 1997
Awards: Won 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 15 nominations.


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Movie Video Clips

I like them French fried potaters - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I like them French fried potaters
What are you thinking right now - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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What are you thinking right now
I aim to kill you with it - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I aim to kill you with it
Just 'cause I ain't gonna be around no more - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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Just 'cause I ain't gonna be around no more
I had one there for a little while - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I had one there for a little while
That Frank - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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That Frank
Will you ever kill anyone again - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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Will you ever kill anyone again
You motherfuckers - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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You motherfuckers
The water's deep - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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The water's deep
I learned to read some - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I learned to read some
A Mercury is a good car - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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A Mercury is a good car
I don't think anything bad ought to happen to children - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I don't think anything bad ought to happen to children
The Bible says you ought not to - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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The Bible says you ought not to
I reckon what yousa wantin' to know is why I'm in here - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I reckon what yousa wantin' to know is why I'm in here
I ain't got no place to set 'em down - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I ain't got no place to set 'em down
Reckon you make me some biscuits - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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Reckon you make me some biscuits
You just a boy - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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You just a boy
What the God damn hell you doing - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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What the God damn hell you doing
See if you can figure out what's wrong with this - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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See if you can figure out what's wrong with this
I've killed Doyle Hargraves with a lawnmower blade - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I've killed Doyle Hargraves with a lawnmower blade
If y'all don't shut up - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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If y'all don't shut up
That goes for cocksuckers and retards - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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That goes for cocksuckers and retards
We wrote one last night outside the mini mart - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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We wrote one last night outside the mini mart
Coffee makes me nervous when I drink it - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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Coffee makes me nervous when I drink it
I don't reckon - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I don't reckon
To call the police - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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To call the police
What about me - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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What about me
His name is Doyle Hargraves - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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His name is Doyle Hargraves
I never used no hatchet that I remember - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I never used no hatchet that I remember
Who'd you kill - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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Who'd you kill
I don't think that's right - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I don't think that's right
Some folks call it a sling blade - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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Some folks call it a sling blade
I reckon I'm gonna have to get used to looking at pretty people - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I reckon I'm gonna have to get used to looking at pretty...
Hey is this the kind of retard that drools and rubs shit in his hair and all that - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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Hey is this the kind of retard that drools and rubs shit in...
You're not crippled - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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You're not crippled
It's out there with that looney toon - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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It's out there with that looney toon
On the third day - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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On the third day
Frank's a weak little kid - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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Frank's a weak little kid
I wish you'd all lay off for tonight - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I wish you'd all lay off for tonight
I don't rightly know - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I don't rightly know
Did I tell you the one about the two ol' boys pissing off a bridge - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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Did I tell you the one about the two ol' boys pissing off a...
But I reckon I understand a good deal of it - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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But I reckon I understand a good deal of it
There was a boy - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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There was a boy
I don't mean to be so damned - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I don't mean to be so damned
This is not your house - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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This is not your house
Dots look good on paper - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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Dots look good on paper
You know better than that - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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You know better than that
I'm on my lunch break - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I'm on my lunch break
Get the fuck out - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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Get the fuck out
I don't guess I give a shit - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I don't guess I give a shit
What's all them books - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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What's all them books
You sleep with your mama tonight - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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You sleep with your mama tonight
They turned me loose from the nervous hospital - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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They turned me loose from the nervous hospital
I'd kick your head in 25 years ago - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I'd kick your head in 25 years ago
We don't got no Goddamn band - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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We don't got no Goddamn band
How are you coming along with that garden tiller - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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How are you coming along with that garden tiller
Not that you two afflicted sumbitches know anything about this - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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Not that you two afflicted sumbitches know anything about...
But then we has young - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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But then we has young
Have you knocked on the door yet - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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Have you knocked on the door yet
Reckon what you like to eat in there - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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Reckon what you like to eat in there
I'm sure you've come across 'em - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I'm sure you've come across 'em
I don't reckon I know nobody named Jerry - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I don't reckon I know nobody named Jerry
You know what - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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You know what
You know how this town is - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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You know how this town is
I know Albert - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I know Albert
Where will he go - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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Where will he go
But I'll tell you what - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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But I'll tell you what
Your buddy Karl here is going - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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Your buddy Karl here is going
It came over me in a rush - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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It came over me in a rush
I don't understand - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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I don't understand
You gotta make something explode to really understand it - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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You gotta make something explode to really understand it
A shovel just makes too goddamned much racket - screenshot from movie Sling Blade
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A shovel just makes too goddamned much racket

Movie Quotes

Movie Cast

Karl Childers - Billy Bob Thornton
Doyle Hargraves - Dwight Yoakam
Charles Bushman - J.T. Walsh
Vaughan Cunningham - John Ritter
Frank Wheatley - Lucas Black
Linda Wheatley - Natalie Canerday
Jerry Woolridge - James Hampton
Karl's Father - Robert Duvall
Bill Cox - Rick Dial
Scooter Hodges - Brent Briscoe
Marsha Dwiggins - Sarah Boss
Theresa Evans - Kathy Sue Brown
Morris - Bruce Hampton
Terence - Vic Chesnutt
Monty Johnson - Mickey Jones
Randy Horsefeathers - Ian Moore
Mrs. Woolridge - Judy Pryor Trice
Bubba Woolridge - Scott Stewart
Woolridge Daughter - Betty Lynn Hall
Frostee Cream Boy - Jim Jarmusch
Albert - Tim Holder
Freddy - Tom Kagy
Woodridge Secretary (as Stacy Barrow) - Stacy Thomason
Teenage Boy - Jamie Stewart
Housekeeper - D.J. Royston
Karen - Lacy Bailey
Ticket Agent - Raymond Lewallen
Old Man - Bill Glasscock