The stadium itself has served the county since the first game there on Friday, September 21, 1934. We will start with the house. It has two entrances on the front side of the hospital to accommodate men and women separately or perhaps blacks in one and whites in the other. [5] The bridge was built there where the first white settlers crossed the Saline River along something called the “Southwest Trail” or the Old Military Road, a pathway created by President Andrew Jackson to allow travel into Osage Indian territory in the 1830’s. Judging from the structure of the windows this isn't the building, but most of them look something like this. His song “Fast as You” was among the first that I learned to play on guitar. URL: Benton at the Movies Essay (Goes with Sling Blade Filming Locations Map) 28 Friday Feb 2014. In the movie “Sling Blade” the second floor hallway was used in the scene where Karl learns of his release. Walsh, John Ritter. First, when Carl and the boy (Frank) are toting laundry from the Econo-O-Wash to the boy's house, you can see a street sign that says "VINE ST" (see image right). The number breaks down. Ever since the movie came out in the mid-nineties, when I was starting elementary school, we all saw this movie many times. It housed many men and women since it was first opened in 1882. The State Lunatic Hospital, which is what I grew up calling it, was established by the state in 1873. He's bossy. The road is where all the fast food restaurants in town are located with KFC on one end near the old Shoppach House to Burger King and Western Sizzlin’ near the Confederate Lee Cemetery on the other. The Privett Family Photo Album, “” Last modified 2011. The house was originally owned by my Great-Grandfather Raymond Sr. when he worked for ALCOA during the Second World War. From the lighting and camera's viewpoint to the acting and music. The new owners kept Gary's name on the place. Walsh, John Ritter and Lucas Black. Drama. [13] Laster, Patricia Paulus. With a little help from Google Maps, I was able to find Gary's Drive-In at 673 Cox Ave, Benton, AR 72015 (see image below-right). He had his hospital built next door to his huge manor on Market Street. In the movie, right before they arrive at Bill Cox's Repair shop (for the first time), the movie shows them passing through the intercection shown in the scene-still below. The church singing scenes were shot in The Blessings Through Faith Temple Congregation Church off U.S. 70 in West Memphis. When he tries to get this bunch of freeloaders to leave his house in the wee hours of the morning it takes him five minutes of yelling and screaming, and even when he breaks a window those guys don't look like they expect the tantrum to lead to much. The film was written, directed and starred Billy Bob Thornton and co-starred, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Her maiden name was Lewis. Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town. For instance the lawnmower repair shop where Karl works been replaced by a bank. In the movie the name of my hometown was changed to “Millsburg “[1]but we all knew what it really was. Note: VirtualGlobetrotting is an entertainment website is and is not associated Gold Derby Old Mill, T.R. Frank:

John F. Shoppach House. Set in Arkansas (filmed in Benton, Arkansas) the film tells the story of a man named Karl Childers who has an intellectual disability and is released from a psychiatric hospital, where he has lived since killing his mother and her lover when he was 12 years old, and the friendship he develops with a young boy and his mother. If you're interested in filming a production in Arkansas, visit to discover how the state can be of assistance to you. Has a new roof and siding on it now. If you're able to locate these places, drop me a line here. Here's another frame from the movie, the famous football scene in which Karl and the kid take on the neighborhood and bond as an ersatz father/son unit. Sling Blade is one of those movies that I would love to sit down and talk about for hours with a friend. There are pictures of Ritter and Thornton taped to the window next to the booth, so you'll know for sure when you've found the right place. Here it is today pictured on the right. I set out to find its location on Google Maps, and here's how I found it. In their turns, Linda, Vaughan and the kid each take Karl aside and privately tell him how rotten and dangerous Doyle is. Benton, Arkansas (AR), US Filming Location used in the 1996 drama, "Sling Blade." Sling Blade is the story of a man named Karl Childers who like me grew up in Saline County, Arkansas. In the scene, Vaughan tells Karl that Doyle, the boyfriend of the kid's mother, is a dangerous monster and he fears for the safety of his little misfit family. | The hospital in which we first meet Karl Childers was actually a combination of places in Saline County. Actor Billy Bob Thornton picked that mannerism up from hearing old men in the south speak. The mural also features Gilbert Maxwell Anderson, who starred in the first western movie production, "The Great Train Robbery." Accessed November 23, 2013. Anderson, born in Little Rock and raised in Pine Bluff, is more commonly known by his screen name, "Bronco Billy.". Its claim to fame is that it was the only building ever made up of the stuff. You can see in the image (right), how Bill Cox's Repair Shop looked in the movie Sling Blade. That building is now called the Arkansas Health Center. However, fans of the film can take a driving tour of the town and view some landmarks that they might recognize. Last, you can't see any beer bottles sitting on top of a window-unit-air-conditioner (as in the movie), but that's the house!

Historic American Engineering Record: Old River Bridge (Saline River Bridge). It's like a whispering campaign, and it's done in a patient and organized way. He says the man is head of the household. These are the landmarks I see every day. There aren't but a couple of them who could beat Doyle in a fistfight. The next shot is in the interior and shows a set of stairs that are obviously going up to a second floor. Doyle says, "Play through it. There are three booths in the place, and the center one is where the actors sat. Thank you for your Slingblade and city history information. Vaughan Cunningham: Please log in if you don't want to post The giant robot waved and the cars passing by and was a kind of landmark for us as kids to see and wave back to. Sling Blade was filmed in Benton, Arkansas. This map is my attempt to connect my hometown, my life, and one of my favorite films, nothing more. If Murphy's Law applies to bloggers, one of those is probably the building I was looking for. And Vaughan jumps on it like a court recorder saying that he is a witness, that he heard the threat. Vaughan expresses his anxiety constantly. Find it on the corner of Main and Vine, number 522, just five blocks from the town square. [1] Thornton, Billy Bob, John Ritter, Lucas Black.

The household consisting of Linda, Vaughan and the kid is feminized and fearful. I was told that his wife was actually a student of his at one point. When he moves into the household, masculinity is one of the things he tries to promote. According to A History of Benton Public Schools, many local individuals and companies donated time and resources to build it. “Sling Blade” Released November 27 1996. Billy Bob Thornton (screenplay), 2021 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay [Updated: November 9], Kent L. Wakeford, ‘Mean Streets’ Cinematographer, Dies at 92, 2020 International Emmy Awards nominations: Full list led by Glenda Jackson, ‘Back to Life,’ ‘Criminal UK’. It was known by young people because the owner used a robotic gorilla who wore a sandwich board sign advertising his latest deals. Set in a small, rural Southern town, Billy Bob Thornton's "Sling Blade" is so flavorful in ambiance and tone, so rich in character and theme that it's hard to believe that its roots are not to be found in any short story or novel. Later in the movie, you can see the house number (see image below-left). The film was written, directed and starred Billy Bob Thornton and co-starred, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Lewis Lumber Company, Republic Mining and Manufacturing Company (a subsidiary of ALCOA), and prominent citizens like Dr. Dewell Gann’s family. Military Ave. is one of the longest and widest streets in Benton.

A memorable scene between Vaughan (John Ritter) and Karl was filmed here at Gary's Whopper Burger. Change ),,, Police Building on Google Maps (reported by Greg Sams): Vacuum Store is now a gas station (reported by Greg Sams). In my grandparents’ day that same building was the original Benton Senior High School. The morning after Karl slept at the warden's house the scene opens with an exterior view of a one-story house. However, fans of the film can take a driving tour of the town and view some landmarks … That scene with Billy Bob and John Ritter also spawned the funny and completely politically incorrect joke “Not funny haha but funny queer.”[10] Which was Karl’s way of acknowledging that he understood that Ritter’s character was in fact homosexual and that line will forever be remembered just as much as Karl’s “Mmhmm” after every sentence. Karl caught his mother cheating on his father with a local boy named Jesse Dixon, he “Just seen red” and killed the pair with what he called a “Kaiser blade.”[2] The usual term for that particular implement is a Sling Blade, thus the name of the film. That encouraged me and others from there that it was possible to get famous and get out of Saline County, Arkansas. Billy Bob actually wrote and directed the picture which was extra special to us because he was from Saline County. Even at the end when Karl attacks him with a lawnmower blade, Doyle doesn't raise a hand to stop him.

When I visited it for the first time in 2008 or so with some friends from U.A.L.R we found out that all the wooden ties were pretty much gone. According to its historic marker the Shoppach House was used by the invading Union army as headquarters in 1863 after the Battle of Bull Run. Haskell, Arkansas, USA (mental hospital location) 5 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? Billy Bob Thornton has been an inspiration to me since first seeing his movie. One of the classrooms in that hallway was used to film the interview scene in which Karl recounts his grisly tale to a local schoolgirl. My parents and their classmates often walked across the decommissioned bridge, stepping from tie to tie. Even then it was known by locals as “The Whopper Burger.” If someone in Saline County ever said “I’m going to the whopper burger” or “You wanna meet at the whopper burger tonight?” it never meant Burger King. Heck, one of them is even in a wheelchair and he doesn't much hop when Doyle says hop. Miramax Films.

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