After catching his mother and her boyfriend "in flagrante delicto" and dispatching both of them with a farm implement known as a sling blade, a simpleminded 11-year-old boy is sent to a mental hospital where he spends the next 25 years. Upon his release, the emotionally and mentally stunted man-child returns to his Arkansas hometown and takes a job in a local garage, only to have the past inexorably repeat itself. An indie-film triumph, adapted by star-writer-director Thornton from his 1993 short, "Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade." Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Actor--Billy Bob Thornton. Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay.
Region 1 Note: Disc 1: Sling Blade director's cut Feature commentary with writer/director/actor Bob Thornton Disc 2: Mr. Thornton goes to Hollywood Bravo profiles: Billy Bob Thornton A roundtable discussion with Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, Mickey Jones and producer David Bushell A conversation with Billy Bob Thornton and Robert Duvall A conversation with Robert Duvall A conversation with Billy Bob Thornton and composer Daniel Lanois The return of Karl On the set: 1. Billy Bob at work 2. Doyle's band: The Johnsons 3. Doyle gets pummeled "Doyle's Dead" - with inntroduction by Billy Bob Thornton Sling Blade reviews