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Sling Blade

Drama, Crime 2h 15m 1996

AroView: Billy Bob Thornton burst onto the scene with this impressive writer-director-actor hat-trick in which he plays an asylum inmate re-integrated into a backwater community after two decades. Fastidious attention to character, dialogue and setting conjures an authentic portrait of Southern Americana, while its cathartic finale ultimately enshrines it as a modern classic.

“Perhaps the most remarkable thing here is Thornton’s nuanced performance, but the film has other rare virtues: all the characters are fully and richly fleshed out (with some unexpected turns by John Ritter and singer Dwight Yoakam), and the story’s construction is carefully measured.” ~Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader









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