Twenty-five years after commiting a double murder, Karl Childers is going to be released from an institution for the criminally insane. A local reporter comes to talk to him, and after some fussing about her gender, the institution's director lets her talk to Karl (after all, he'll have to talk to women after his release). Karl talks about his life leading up to the crime, and the reporter listens in horror.
23 November 1999 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
In the first scene, Charles Bushman moves some checkers around while another man sits in a trance-like state. At this point both of the seated man's hands are on the table. However, when Charles moves away from the table, one of the seated man's hands is now resting on his leg, below the table. See more
This short B&W film is the precursor to Sling Blade
. It is almost identical to the opening segment of the full-length color feature. Molly Ringwald
played the news reporter only in the short version. Screenwriter and lead actor Billy Bob Thornton
later also directed the 1996 feature. See more