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(1973)

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The 'Badlands' plot and lead characters of Kit and Holly are based on Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate, who in 1958 embarked on a murder spree that horrified the country.
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.
The actor that originally had to play the man that rings at the rich man's door did not show up, so Terrence Malick played it himself, although the intention was to use this part only temporarily.
Sissy Spacek met her future husband, Jack Fisk, on this film.
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Although Charlie Starkweather had been executed when the movie came up for production, Caril Fugate was still alive and facing parole, prompting the filmmakers to change the names of the principal characters to avoid a lawsuit.
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Badlands (1973) received a place in the film reference book "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die".
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Don Johnson auditioned for the part of Kit.
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Martin Sheen was 32, playing a teenager.
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