Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade
|Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade|
|Directed by||George Hickenlooper|
|Produced by||George Hickenlooper|
|Written by||Billy Bob Thornton|
|Starring||Billy Bob Thornton
J. T. Walsh
|Music by||Bill Boll|
|Cinematography||Kent L. Wakeford|
|Edited by||Henny Bouwmeester
It was adapted into the feature film Sling Blade, also starring Thornton, and won Thornton the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as a nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Thornton plays Karl Childers, a mentally retarded man who has been in a mental hospital for the past 25 years for murdering his mother and her lover. On the day of his release, he is interviewed by a reporter, Theresa Tatum (Molly Ringwald), who is writing her article with the intent of examining whether criminals judged to be insane should be released. Before the interview, Tatum is of the opinion that criminals like Childers should never be released. During the interview, however, Tatum must question her previous beliefs in this matter.
The title of the film comes from Childers's description of the murders. He admits to committing murder with a "sling blade, some folks call it a sling blade, I call it a Kaiser blade."
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