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The short film that spawned Sling Blade, a great character study flick.
gr8 performances are the fuel that makes this southern fried gothic film go.
As gripping and inspired as the 1996 film for which it laid the framework.
Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade (George Hickenlooper, 1993)
[originally posted 28Mar2001]
Some Folks... is the short that inspired Billy Bob Thornton's overblown 1996 feature-length Oscar winner. Hickenlooper's seed is far less emotionally manipulative and has a much darker feel to it than Thornton's continuation.
Thornton plays a mentally retarded murderer, getting ready to be released from an asylum after twenty-five years of incarceration. Molly Ringwald is a reporter, sent to the asylum to interview him for the local paper before he leaves. While there's a semblance of setup in the first half of the film (along with some wonderful scene-stealing monologue by J. T. Walsh as a fellow inmate), the real stuff is in the last half of the film, and it's a ten-minute monologue from Thornton about his character's motivation. Fine stuff from an actor who certainly deserves better than he's gotten in Hollywood since; the only role he's had that approaches the capabilities he shows here is in A Simple Plan, and even there he was taking a decided backseat to his co-stars.
Hickenlooper keeps things dark and straightforward, not surprising given his background in documentary filmmaking. Excellent work (which makes one wonder what in the world he was thinking with his followup film, The Killing Box). Should be seen by anyone who liked Sling Blade, certainly. **** 1/2
No one , irregardless of what they done in the past is unredeemable. Whatever label society my attach to a person mental capacity, every person has redeeming qualities! This is a very "Dark," movie! The end may shock many, but be prepared to see this "sick," man protect the innocent, knowing full well the consequences of his actions! The rating is right for this movie. It's not a movie that the whole family sits down to watch a movie for the fun of it!
"Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade" (1994) is a short film written by and starring Billy Bob Thorton, and it inspired the Oscar-winning feature film "Sling Blade" (1996). This film is about Karl Childers, a partially mentally challenged murderer up for release from an insane asylum. On the day of his departure, a newspaper reporter, played by Molly Ringwald, meets with him for an interview where he explains his life and his crime.
I never actually saw "Sling Blade", but I might try to watch it now. The way Thorton chose to characterize and perform the role was interesting and unique. The acting from Thorton and the other actors as well as Childers' backstory is what intrigues me and makes me want to see the feature. This film seems like it's sort of a prequel to it since it's only about the day of his release, not at all about how he adjusts to life out of the institution. Compared to "The Red Balloon", this has a much darker story and tone with some vulgarity in the dialogue. But if you've seen "Sling Blade" or you're just looking for an interesting short, this would be worth a watch.
This short film stars Billy Bob Thorton, he is in a mental asylum and is having an interview the day before his release. I was worried that the talkative man would be picked to get interviewed because he didn't seem crazy enough, this was a psycho though. In the interview you expected to get shocked, with all the build up behind it. Instead you got a shoulder shrug. They were comparing this man to Charles Manson but this one while crazy seemed fairly calm. It just lead to nothing.
It's very much a character-driven piece, but the characters are good.
I laugh @ how krazy dis movie is!!!