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Director:
Writer:
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 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:
Meditative view of life, love, and death by Terrence Malick See more (173 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)
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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)
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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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

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Trivia:
The film's tag line ("In 1959 a lot of people were killing time. Kit and Holly were killing people") inspired the Zodiac Killer (who'd been lying low for some years) to write a letter to the newspaper denouncing their flippant attitude to violence in society by running such an ad.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Car tires screech during the car chase at the end, even though they're on dust roads and sand.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:
Featured in 50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Musica PoeticaSee more »

FAQ

Is this film based on a true story?
Did the couple who were forced into the bunker die?
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23 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Meditative view of life, love, and death by Terrence Malick, 8 November 2003
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Badlands, based on the relationship between Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate (and later an inspiration for Tarantino's True Romance and NBK), never has a moment where something un-realistic curries. Writer/producer/director Terence Malick leads his film along with a true emphasis on both the psychological nature of Kit (Martin Sheen) and Holly (Sissy Spacek), and with the un-canny knack for a relaxing style in his camera. At best, Badlands is one of the successful homages to European cinema of the 1970's, something that will last a long time due to its pairing of absorbing art-house and (perhaps) mainstream sensibilities. At worst, a viewer could feel bored with Malick's intent on running with his poetic ideas as a director. If there was any pretentiousness at all, it went over my head; this is a film that draws you into its tragic nature.

Sheen and Spacek are totally believable as a couple on the run, as Kit continually has a trigger-happy attitude to people after he shoots Holly's father. While Spacek holds the heart of the picture steady, I'd have to say that Sheen's Kit is one of his best performances. He comes off in the perfect sense- you wouldn't think for a second that Kit could be a killer, that is until he pulls out his pistol. It works just as well that Holly is the narrator, so that the viewer can understand where Kit's coming from, and where he's going. If there is any distance between his character and the audience, there's still a strong, emotional connection through Spacek, and their bond as a loving, if dangerous, couple.

Overall, Badlands is extraordinary in a way that doesn't cram its atmospheric from start to finish on the audience, and it looks at young people in love, however in such twisted circumstances, in an honest way in how escalatory events create a disillusioned feeling in youth. That it's made on such a low budget gives it more merit. Kudos should go to the musical score by James Taylor, Gunild Keetman and George Tipton, too; it's one of the best debuts of the 70's. A+

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