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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.
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Director:
Writer:
Terrence Malick (written by)
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Release Date:
5 January 1974 (Brazil) See more »
Genre:
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 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 »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Brilliantly constructed and acted debut feature See more (185 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)

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 
 
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)
 
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
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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Runtime:
94 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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 | 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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Don Johnson auditioned for the part of Kit.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: For the last two lines in the discussion about the fudgecicle, the actors lips do not move.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Quo Vadis, Baby? (2005)See more »

FAQ

What is 'Badlands' about?
How does the movie end?
Did the couple who were forced into the bunker die?
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Brilliantly constructed and acted debut feature, 14 August 2006
Author: Framescourer from London, UK

An astonishing film, uncomfortable, bewildering but never less than beautiful. I came away and went straight to my dictionary to look for a definition of 'evil'. My OED uses three words. 'Bad', 'sin' and 'harm'. Neither 'bad' nor 'sin' get a foothold in this morally sterile film. Any impression of wrongdoing is dissolved in Holly's intermittent voice-over, recording Kit's justifications for his actions. All the film is conducted at this remove - even the killings themselves: Kit only uses guns, distancing himself and his impulse from the violence of murder; the victims die silently with little bleeding. Many are shot in the back or out of frame. This way even the idea of 'harm' is removed.

Stripped of a moral framework the film becomes terrifying. The natural inclination is to side with this charming couple falling in love. Then without warning, Kit's unfettered id can lash out with the amplified, impersonalised firearms he carries. The insecurity of whether you're watching the good guys or the bad is as gripping as any individual performance.

That said, Spacek and Sheen are necessarily strong. They have to carry the film, their characters are strangely feral. Untutored, yet modern, Kit's moral framework is gleaned from movie and music personalities (he beams at being called James Dean). In fact I was poleaxed by Sheen's performance, a schizophrenic construction of barbarism and erroneously understood manliness. I'll never watch the awkward energy of Michael J Fox in Back To The Future or Teenwolf in the same way again.

On top of everything Malick films America beautifully. The two senses of Kit's fruitless journey contradict themselves; even the soundtrack oscillates between the aspirational (Nat King Cole) and the bucolic (a capella singing, a marimba). It's so well composed and executed it's possible to feel cut off. It's hard to argue with for a first picture though 8/10

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