On this day in history - November 27th, 1996 - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

On this day in history - November 27th, 1996

Billy Bob Thorton in Slingblade Billy Bob Thorton in Slingblade
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Slingblade premieres in theaters. Billy Bob Thorton wrote, directed and starred in the film about a mentally disabled man named Karl Childers.

Childers begins the film in a mental home because he killed his mother and her lover with a sling blade, which he calls a "kaiser blade." Childers is released and sent back to Arkansas where me meets a family he befriends. Dwight Yoakam, John Ritter and Robert Duvall also star.

The character of Karl Childers is now a cult icon; impressions of his voice are used in commercials and radio shows and spots across the country.

Slingblade won the Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay.

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