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Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade is a short film written by Billy Bob Thornton, directed by George Hickenlooper and starring Thornton, Molly Ringwald, and J. T. Walsh.[1]

Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade
Directed byGeorge Hickenlooper
Produced byGeorge Hickenlooper
Written byBilly Bob Thornton
StarringBilly Bob Thornton
Molly Ringwald
J. T. Walsh
Music byBill Boll
CinematographyKent L. Wakeford
Edited byHenny Bouwmeester
George Hickenlooper
Release date
Running time
29 minutes
CountryUnited States

It was adapted into the feature film Sling Blade, also starring Thornton,[2] which won Thornton the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as a nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.[3]


Thornton plays Karl Childers, a intellectually disabled man who has been in a mental hospital for the past 25 years for murdering his mother and her lover. On the day of his release, he is interviewed by a reporter, Theresa Tatum (Molly Ringwald), who is writing her article with the intent of examining whether criminals judged to be insane should be released. Before the interview, Tatum is of the opinion that criminals like Childers should never be released. During the interview, however, Tatum must question her previous beliefs in this matter.

The title of the film comes from Childers's description of the murders. He admits to committing murder with a "Kaiser blade, some folks call it a sling blade, I call it a Kaiser blade."


  1. ^ "Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (September 30, 1996). "Sling Blade (1996) Rejoining A World Left Behind". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Billy Bob Thornton". The New York Times.

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