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Terrence Malick (written by)
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Release Date:
5 January 1974 (Brazil) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Desperados Detached See more (200 total) »

Cast

  (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)
Li Po Lung ... Chinese Kid (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 (casting) (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)
Kitty Malone .... foley artist (uncredited)
Sharron Miller .... sound editor (uncredited)
James Nelson .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
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
 
Thanks
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
James Nelson .... 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
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Certification:
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 | Netherlands:6 | 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 (MPAA rating: certificate #23774) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
The Turner Classics Movies article on this film written by Jeff Stafford states: "Badlands (1973) was [Terrence] Malick's feature film debut. Although he had previously worked as a screenwriter (Pocket Money (1972)), he decided to direct his own scripts after Paramount made a complete mess of his Deadhead Miles (1973) screenplay, transforming it into a film so bad it couldn't even be released. With his brother, Chris, Malick managed to raise $300,000 for Badlands (1973)'s pre-production costs. The additional money was raised by independent producer Edward R. Pressman from personal friends like former Xerox chief Max Palevsky".See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In a voice-over near the Montana - South Dakota border, Holly says "...at the very edge of the horizon we could make out the gas fires of the refinery at Missoula, while to the south we could see the lights of Cheyenne, a city bigger and grander than I'd ever seen." From anywhere along the border, Missoula would be over 600 miles to the west, and Cheyenne would be some 300 miles to the south; nothing short of a satellite view would allow you to see both at the same time.See more »
Quotes:
[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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FAQ

How does the movie end?
What happened to Starkweather and Fugate?
Did the couple who were forced into the bunker die?
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46 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Desperados Detached, 24 July 2006
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

In January, 1958, nineteen-year-old Charles Starkweather and fourteen-year-old Caril Ann Fugate went on a murder spree in Nebraska and Wyoming. Eleven innocent people died. Most, though not all, of the killings were random. Starkweather and Fugate's story "inspired" several films, including this one.

In "Badlands", the pair's names were changed to Kit Carruthers (Martin Sheen) and Holly Sargis (Sissy Spacek), and their ages were altered slightly. From what I have read, Starkweather and Fugate were emotionally detached and casual about the killings, especially Charles, once the initial murders had occurred. Both Sheen and Spacek do a good job of mimicking this nonchalant attitude. At various points throughout the film, Holly narrates the story in an emotionless, monotone voice. It's like she's reading a diary of what happened as we, the viewers, watch movie footage of the events.

The film's title is appropriate, given that the characters' inner lives must surely have been wastelands, and given that the film's plot takes place mostly outdoors, on the lonesome High Plains, with its brooding and "stark" landscape.

The film's color cinematography conveys a mood of desolation, especially in those scenes that contain little more than the horizon, expansive blue sky, treeless plains, and a couple of lonely desperados. At one point, the color morphs into sepia-tinted images of small town America, as the whole country, in fear, takes up arms against the fugitives, a photographic change that renders an almost documentary tone to the film.

From time to time, classical background music accompanies the senseless violence, a cinematic contrast so "stark" as to make the film surreal. And, of course, the sequence toward the end where Kit and Holly, with car radio on, dance in the headlights as Nat King Cole sings "A Blossom Fell", is truly mournful and haunting.

"Badlands" is incredibly understated and low-key, as detached as the characters portrayed. Director Terrence Malick conveys a simple, uninvolved story, packaged in a film that makes no effort to communicate either symbolism or thematic depth. Nor does the film render judgments about the characters or events. It's an approach that probably wouldn't work today. But it is effective, and through the years the film has gradually become more respected as an excellent character study of 1950's teen rebels without a cause.

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