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Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

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Universal acclaim- based on 62 Ratings

Summary: A partially handicapped man named Karl is released from a mental hospital, several years after murdering his mother and another person. Karl is often questioned if he will ever kill again, and he shrugs in response saying there is no reason to. Now out of the mental institution, Karl settles in his old, small hometown, occupying himself by fixing motors. After meeting a young boy named Frank who befriends him, Karl is invited to stay at Frank's house with his mother Linda- who views Karl as a strange but kind and generous man. However, Linda's abusive boyfriend Doyle, sees things differently in the way rules ought to be run- normally insulting Linda's homosexual friend Vaughan as well as Karl's disabilities, and having wild parties with his friends. As Karl's relation with Frank grows, he is ever so watchful of Doyle's cruel actions.
Runtime: 135 min
Rating: Rated R for strong language, including descriptions of violent and sexual behavior.
Production: Miramax Films
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: Feb 3, 1998
Director Credit
Billy Bob Thornton Director
Writer Credit
Billy Bob Thornton Screenplay
Principal Cast Credit
Billy Bob Thornton Karl Childers
Dwight Yoakam Doyle Hargraves
Cast Credit
Brent Briscoe Scooter Hodges
Bruce Hampton Morris
Christine Renee Ward Melinda
J.T. Walsh Charles Bushman
James Hampton Jerry Woolridge
John Ritter Vaughan Cunningham
Kathy Sue Brown Theresa Evans
Lucas Black Frank Wheatley
Natalie Canerday Linda Wheatley
Rick Dial Bill Cox
Robert Duvall Karl's Father
Sarah Boss Marsha Dwiggins
Wendell Rafferty Melvin
Producer Credit
Brandon Rosser Producer
David L. Bushell Producer
Larry Meistrich Executive Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: