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Badlands -- 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.
Badlands -- Three Reasons Criterion Trailer for Badlands


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Terrence Malick (written by)
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Release Date:
5 January 1974 (Brazil) See more »
He was 25 years old. He combed his hair like James Dean. She was 15. She took music lessons and could twirl a baton. For a while they lived together in a tree house. In 1959, she watched while he killed a lot of people. See more »
An impressionable teen girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend go on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins See more »
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A sophisticated exploration of the nature of good and evil See more (186 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Martin Sheen ... Kit

Sissy Spacek ... Holly

Warren Oates ... Father
Ramon Bieri ... Cato
Alan Vint ... Deputy
Gary Littlejohn ... Sheriff
John Carter ... Rich Man
Bryan Montgomery ... Boy
Gail Threlkeld ... Girl
Charles Fitzpatrick ... Clerk
Howard Ragsdale ... Boss
John Womack Jr. ... Trooper
Dona Baldwin ... Maid
Ben Bravo ... Gas Attendant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Emilio Estevez ... Boy Under Lamppost (uncredited)

Terrence Malick ... Caller at Rich Man's House (uncredited)

Charlie Sheen ... Boy Under Lamppost (uncredited)

Directed by
Terrence Malick 
Writing credits
Terrence Malick (written by)

Produced by
Terrence Malick .... producer
Edward R. Pressman .... executive producer
Louis A. Stroller .... associate producer (as Lou Stroller)
Jill Jakes .... co-producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
George Aliceson Tipton  (as George Tipton)
Cinematography by
Tak Fujimoto (photography)
Stevan Larner (photography)
Brian Probyn (photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Estrin 
Billy Weber (uncredited)
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden  (as Diane Derfner)
Art Direction by
Jack Fisk 
Costume Design by
Rosanna Norton (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Dona Baldwin .... hair
Production Management
Bill Scott .... production manager (as William Scott)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Broderick .... assistant director
Carl Olsen .... assistant director
Art Department
Ken Hilton .... set dresser
Joan Mocine .... art work
Edward Richardson .... associate art director (as Ed Richardson)
Erik L. Nelson .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Doug Crichton .... boom man
Maury Harris .... production mixer
Sam F. Shaw .... sound effects (as Sam Shaw)
John Wilkinson .... re-recording mixer (as John Wilkenson)
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Sharron Miller .... sound editor (uncredited)
George Fisher .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack English .... gaffer
Douglas Knapp .... best boy (as Doug Knapp)
Anthony R. Palmieri .... assistant camera (as Tony Palmieri)
Ed Hershberger .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dona Baldwin .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Marion Segal .... assistant editor
Billy Weber .... associate editor (as William Weber)
Music Department
Erma E. Levin .... music editor (as Erma Levin)
George Aliceson Tipton .... conductor (as George Tipton)
Other crew
Rich Cook .... production assistant
Gary Littlejohn .... autos
Paul Marcus .... production assistant
Penny Richardson .... production secretary
Connie Lee Stone .... production assistant
James M. Falkinburg .... the producer wishes to thank: for their help and cooperation (as James Nelson)
Charlotte Jakes .... the producer wishes to thank: for their help and cooperation
Melvin James .... the producer wishes to thank: for their help and cooperation
Irvin Kershner .... the producer wishes to thank: for their help and cooperation
Arthur Penn .... the producer wishes to thank: for their help and cooperation
Bert Schneider .... the producer wishes to thank: for their help and cooperation
Wallace Wolf .... the producer wishes to thank: for their help and cooperation
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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Australia:PG | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-15 (re-rating) (2003) | Finland:K-16 (re-rating) (1987) | Finland:K-18 (1980) | France:-12 | Ireland:15 | Italy:VM18 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 (DVD rating) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (tv rating) | UK:15 (re-release) (re-rating) (2008) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (1993) | USA:PG | West Germany:16

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In 1993, in the picture's 20th Anniversary year, the film was selected for preservation by the American Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".See more »
Anachronisms: Soldiers at the end are wearing fatigues consistent with the mid-1970's when the film was made, with subdued pin-on enlisted rank insignia on their collars (including a very visible Specialist 4th Class in the front), and subdued name and U.S. Army tapes (black lettering on olive drab fabric tape) above their breast pockets. In the 1950's, enlisted ranks were worn full size on their sleeves, unsubdued yellow on OD green (same as for their class-A green uniform), the U.S. Army tape above the left breast pocket would have been yellow on black fabric tape, and the name tape above the right breast pocket would have been black lettering on white fabric tape.See more »
[first lines]
Holly Sargis:[voice over narration] My Mother dies of pneumonia when I was just a kid. My Father kept their wedding cake in the freezer for ten whole years. After the funeral he gave it to the yard man. He tried to act cheerful but he could never be consoled by the little stranger he found in his house. Then one day hoping to begin a new life away from the scene of all these memories he moved us from Texas to Port Dupree, South Dakota.
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64 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
A sophisticated exploration of the nature of good and evil, 24 January 1999
Author: jongru from Oxfordshire, England

Surely one of the most brilliant films ever made. The haunting music and cinematography would almost suffice by itself. The hero is little more than a child: the heroine his willing accomplice, and we are made to question what is good and what is evil by seeing the world through the eyes of children. From the moment when the girl's father shoots her dog to punish her, we lose any loyalty to traditional values or to the rights of parents over their children. By the end, it's obvious to us that society doesn't value the lives of those who were killed. It anticipates Natural Born Killers, but perhaps says more and uses a tighter structure.

Brilliantly acted and directed, with many layers to it. A film to watch again and again.

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