Sling Blade (1996)

Sling Blade Quote: “I like them French fried potaters.” – Karl Childers

We’re heading down to Arkansas for some french fried potaters and off-color street jokes as the Original Shat Trio review Billy Bob Thornton’s magnus opus, Sling Blade. The 1996 Academy Award Winner is the 3rd commission from long-time listener, Greg R.

Gene reminisces about small-town living, Big D questions the pacing early on, and Rog petitions Hollywood to send him the stylist responsible for BBT’s post-Sling Blade “glow-up”.

So, Spread some on mustard on your biscuits and join us for the latest installment of Shat the Movies.

Plot Summary: “Sling Blade” Mentally disabled Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton) is released from the mental hospital where he has spent most of his life after murdering his mother and her lover. He soon forms a bond with Frank (Lucas Black), a boy whose father committed suicide. When Frank’s mother, Linda (Natalie Canerday), lets Karl stay at their house, her cruel boyfriend, Doyle (Dwight Yoakam), tries to get Karl removed. Determined to protect his friend, Karl devises a way to save Frank from years of Doyle’s abuse.

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