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I was rivetted by the movie, and primarily by Robert Duvall's performance. As for Fentry's passive response to having Jackson and Longstreet taken away from him by Sara's brothers, I believe his response was understandable and appropriate for the movie. The story was set in early 20th century, rural Mississippi, where poverty ruled over many people (white and black) and left them with a sense of powerlessness, purposlessness and lack of significance. Fentry's response proved to be legitimate for the setting, and supported his earlier comments on things not "being right" in the world.
I didn't get the ending either.
I feel the same as Bill Stone, I didn't get the endingm either. In the story: 1-Fentry was an honorable man, 2-he promised Sara to bring up the boy no matter what, 3-he promised the baby he would care for him as long as there was breath in his body, 4- he loved the boy. So why did he just give up and let her less-than-pleasant relatives take him and never see him again? Wouldn't someone with such great love and determination go to see the boy, be there for him, let him know he could always come home to him if he was mistreated or when he was of age? Just giving up and deserting the boy doesn't square with the character traits that were developed for Fentry.And what was that trial all about? It made no sense to me at all. It was like somebody cut and pasted it from an entirely different story and tacked it on the end by mistake. If anybody can explain it to me, please post a comment.
INSPIRATION FOR SLING BLADE
- Classics viewer
Duval in this movie HAS to be the original inspiration for Billy Bob Thorton's character in sling-blade. Everything from voice articulation and inflection to body movements and gestures pegs it as a prototype for Billy Bob. Someone ask if he's studied the film!
Didn't understand ending of movie.
- Bill Stone
We watched the movie with great interest and attention. The last thing I understood was Duval didn't see his boy again. Then the ending sequence came where Duval is on a jury. Who is on trial? What is meant by the ending narration about loving too much? I thought the unclear ending subtracted from the entire picture and we were very disapointed.
Why Haven't You Seen This Movie?
- Lisa Johnson
Fantastic, superb movie. Robert Duvall is so very subtle in a touching performance. Engrossed from the beginning, riveted throughout, and suprised, somehow, by the ending, my teenage daughters and I fought for the tissues and have added this to our list of must-see's for anyone and everyone. I imagine this is a movie viewed by Billy Bob Thorton prior to "Slingblade".
faulkner short story
- lisa cox
This is very tender and sweet character portrayal of poverty-stricken, southern Appalachian people. Faulkner short story very well done with dignity and compassion. Duvall, as usual, shines with talent.
Robert Duvall is Brilliant
- Ruth Williams
This movie was my first experience with Robert Duvall's acting. He played this character with genuine compassion. I anxiously await a repeat showing of this movie and hope that other Duvall fans will enjoy it as much as I have. Thank you.