Native Arkansan Billy Bob Thornton’s breakout role earned him an Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium in 1997. It also garnered him a Best Actor in a Leading Role nomination. The critically acclaimed film won 11 other awards from various sources.
Thornton plays Karl Childers, now a grown man, who is released from a psychiatric hospital where he has been hospitalized since the age of 12 for the murder of his mother and her lover. He returns to his childhood town and although being mentally handicapped, gets a job fixing small motors at a local repair shop. Karl befriends a young boy, Frank, (photo right) and is soon invited by Frank's mother, Linda, to move into the family's garage. As a strong relationship develops between Karl and Frank, a confrontation builds with Linda's abusive and sometimes violent boyfriend Doyle. Written by Todd K. Bowman
Thornton filmed the production in Benton, Little Rock, Conway and Clinton. A notable landmark is the Saline River Bridge, shown on the movie poster.