Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade

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Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade
Directed by George Hickenlooper
Produced by George Hickenlooper
Written by Billy Bob Thornton
Starring Billy Bob Thornton
Molly Ringwald
J. T. Walsh
Music by Bill Boll
Cinematography Kent L. Wakeford
Edited by Henny Bouwmeester
George Hickenlooper
Release date
Running time
29 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade is a short film written by Billy Bob Thornton, directed by George Hickenlooper and starring Thornton, Molly Ringwald, and J. T. Walsh.[1]

It was adapted into the feature film Sling Blade, also starring Thornton,[2] and won Thornton the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as a nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.[3]


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 "Kaiser blade, some folks call it a sling blade, I call it a Kaiser blade."


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