Sling Blade

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DIRECTED BY: Billy Bob Thornton

REVIEWED: 02-19-97

Filmmaker Billy Bob Thornton takes on the Wellesian effort of writing, directing and starring in this tale of a mildly retarded killer released from a mental institution after 25 years. The effort has obviously paid off. Last week, Thornton nabbed two Oscar nods (one for writing, one for acting). Thornton inhabits the role of Karl Childers like a second skin, but the supporting cast is phenomenal as well. Singer-turned-actor Dwight Yoakam is startling as an abusive redneck and young actor Lucas Black is an absolute revelation as the small-town boy whom Karl befriends. Please do not miss this film.

--Devin D. O'Leary

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