Sling Blade

“Write what you know” is a common axiom, and it’s moving to consider Billy Bob Thornton’s own impoverished childhood here in the rural Arkansas of Sling Blade, where self-sacrifice goes unrecorded but creates opportunities for the young and innocent. Many critics used “Southern” to describe it, but it’s much bigger than that.

Director: Billy Bob Thornton

Screenplay by: Billy Bob Thornton

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, James Hampton, John Ritter, Lucas Black

Major nominations on original release : Academy Award® for Best Actor (Thornton), Adapted Screenplay (Thornton)

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