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Sling Blade

Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside world.

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Released: Nov 27th, 1996
Budget: $1,000,000.00
Revenue: N/A

Sling Blade Main Cast

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Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
plays Karl Childers
Dwight Yoakam
Dwight Yoakam
plays Doyle Hargraves
J.T. Walsh
J.T. Walsh
plays Charles Bushman
John Ritter
John Ritter
plays Vaughan Cunningham
Lucas Black
Lucas Black
plays Frank Wheatley
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Harvey Weinstein - then co-chairman of Miramax - only saw the first 30 minutes of Sling Blade when he agreed to pay $10m for the rights to the film. He later regretted this and forced Billy Bob Thornton to cut about 20 minutes from the movie.
  • Billy Wilder advised Billy Bob Thornton to write a screenplay where he could exploit his less than perfect features.
  • Billy Bob Thornton said he wrote the role of Vaughan Cunningham specifically for his good friend John Ritter.
  • Billy Bob Thornton had written the script in long hand, at his family's house in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
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