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Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 74 Ratings

Summary: A southern gothic tale about a man named Karl (Thornton), who's just been released from an asylum -- some 25 years after he committed a gruesome crime. He returns to the southern town of his youth, where his quiet, gentle manner and simple charm land him a job and lead him to an unlikely friendship with a young boy (Black) and his widowed mother. When the mother's abusive boyfriend appears, however, this simple man is thrust into a combustible dilemma that has powerful, moving consequences for all. (Miramax Films)
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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
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