Forty-year-old actor Billy Bob Thornton, who was mostly seen in supporting roles in various movies, became famous in a moment in March 1997, when he received the Oscar for the adaptation of his own play “Sling Blade”. At first, he staged the play in the theater, and in 1994 he shot a short film “Some People Call it a Sling Blade”, before finding money to direct the same story in the full-length version and play a major role, for which he also was nominated for an Academy award.
The movie Sling Blade is an American drama released in 1995. The movie is starring Billy Bob Thornton. Billy is also a director and a screenwriter of the movie. For his efforts he received the Oscar as the author of this magnificent masterpiece. The plot of the film tells the audience the story of a mature man who was recently released from an asylum, where he spent most of his life for a crime he committed. Now he needs to make an attempt to adapt to the new world.
The film’s protagonist is Carl. The last 25 years of his life he spent in a psychiatric clinic for the most insane maniacs and criminals. Being a 12-year-old boy, he was isolated from the rest of the world and folly committed by him. As a young boy, Carl killed his mother and her lover. But now he is recognized as safe for others and completely cured. For a long time of his imprisonment, the boy turned into a man who read the Bible and was able to understand something for himself. He returned to his hometown, where he peacefully begins to develop and maintain a reasonable life. He finds a job and new friends – a young boy Frank with his mother, a widow, Linda. Carl’s new friends gradually help him get used to his new life, struggling with the difficulties in his dealings with other people. Linda has a very kind heart, thanks to which she always sees something good in others. But it is fraught with consequences, because her new aggressive boyfriend is life threatening to her and her child.
The movie absorbs the audience into its unusual atmosphere and literally makes the audiences empathize with the characters. Indeed, such an interesting story is complemented by excellent acting. Billy Bob Thornton is famous brilliant actor, director and, of course, the writer. This movie is definitely his most important work, which demonstrates all his best abilities.
Thanks to a good promotion, the movie released only in two movie theaters gathered $ 24.5 million, when its initial budget was $1 million. That was a stunning result for the movie.
Forty-year-old actor Billy Bob Thornton, who was mostly seen in supporting roles in various movies, became famous in a moment in March 1997, when he received the Oscar for the adaptation of his own play “Sling Blade”.