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Badlands (1973)

Director: Terrence Malick     Starring: Martin Sheen Sissy Spacek
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Format: DVD
Sku: 224162355
UPC: 883929223619
UPC 14: 00883929223619
Rating: Game Rating Code
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In 1959 a Lot of People Were Killing Time. Kit and Holly Were Killing People.
Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek play young lovers on a shooting spree across 1950s South Dakota in Terrence Malick's turbulent, gut-grabbing masterwork. Kit Carruthers, a young garbage collector and his girlfriend Holly Sargis from Fort Dupree, South Dakota, are on the run after killing Holly's father who disagreed with their relationship. On their way towards the Badlands of Montana they leave a trail of dispassionate and seemingly random murders. A very intriguing narrative without judgements, and lacking the usually sensational approach of this genre. Very good acting and directing, and beautiful photography. The script was based upon the true story of the Charles Starkweather and Caril-Ann Fugate murders in 1958.

"So spare and poetic it chills you to the bone.  Los Angeles Times

Editor's Note
Terrence Malick's startlingly accomplished debut feature was inspired by the Charles Starkweather and Caril-Ann Fugate murders of the late-1950s. Martin Sheen plays Kit, a 25-year-old garbageman who walks with a James Dean swagger. When he first meets the innocent 15-year-old Holly (Sissy Spacek), he falls head over heels in love with her. Her father (Warren Oates), an overprotective widower, will not allow the relationship to blossom, even after Kit informs him of his decent intentions. This refusal sparks Kit into action, triggering a brutal killing spree across the Midwest. All the while, Holly is there by Kit's side, to witness the senseless crimes and ponder her uncertain future.

BADLANDS is told from the point-of-view of the naive Holly, whose childish musings make the cold, detached killings seem all the more shocking. Malick's truly distinctive style, which combines lush photography and dreamy voiceover with bleak subject matter, has made him one of the world's most revered directors. His influence can be seen in works as wide-ranging as Quentin Tarantino's TRUE ROMANCE and David Gordon Green's GEORGE WASHINGTON. If there is such a thing as a perfect movie, BADLANDS certainly qualifies.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/11/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 95 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1973
Video UPC UPC: 00883929223619
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Color Spec Video: Color

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Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ramon Bieri
Video Cast Info Warren Oates
Video Cast Info Alan Vint
Video Cast Info Martin Sheen
Video Cast Info Sissy Spacek
Video Cast Info Terrence Malick - Producer
Video Cast Info James Taylor - Composer
Video Cast Info George Tipton - Composer
Video Cast Info Edward R. Pressman - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Tak Fujimoto - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Brian Probyn - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Jack Fisk - Art Director
Video Cast Info Stevan Larner - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Robert Estrin - Editor
Video Cast Info Terrence Malick - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Louis A. Stroller - Associate Producer
Video Cast Info Terrence Malick - Director
Plot Summary
Director Terrence Malick's debut is based on the Charles Starkweather murder spree of the 1950s. A South Dakota garbage collector woos a high school naif away from her father--and kills him--and the two embark on a statewide killing binge. BADLANDS is a slice of demented Americana, made all the more disturbing by Malick's understated direction and Sheen's over-the-top James Dean posturing.

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...A rich, dark and strange melding of fantasy, allegory and local detail..." 12/01/1974 p.53-4

Total Film
"...Startling....The lovers-on-the-lam movie to outpace them all..." 07/01/2003 p.118

Wall Street Journal
"Brilliantly controlled and singular in style, the film has come to be viewed as masterly, and the soullessness at its core as a commentary on American culture." 05/27/2011

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