Sling Blade (HBO)
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Billy Bob Thornton won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar(R) for this thriller in which he plays a recently released mental patient. Karl Childers was imprisoned for 20 years in an asylum for murdering his mother and her lover as a boy. Released and working in a fix-it shop, the quirky, but amiable Karl soon finds himself in the middle of an increasingly volatile situation.
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, John Ritter, Lucas Black, Natalie Canerday, Robert Duvall