Badlands

A dramatization of the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of the 1950s, in which a teenage girl and her twenty-something boyfriend slaughtered her entire family and several others in the Dakota badlands.

Directed by: Terrence Malick
Genres: Crime,
Production Company: Pressman-Williams, Jill Jakes Production, Badlands Company, Warner Bros. Pictures,

Badlands - In 1959, a lot of people were killing time. Kit and Holly were killing people. - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 15-10-1973
  • Runtime: 94 Minutes
  • Popularity: 9.84
  • Vote Count: 760
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6
  • Budget: USD 450,000
  • Revenue: USD 0
  • Region: United States of America ( US ),
  • Homepage: N/A






Photo Name Character
Martin Sheen - Azwaad Movie Database Martin Sheen Kit Carruthers
Sissy Spacek - Azwaad Movie Database Sissy Spacek Holly Sargis
Warren Oates - Azwaad Movie Database Warren Oates Holly's Father
Ramon Bieri - Azwaad Movie Database Ramon Bieri Cato
Alan Vint - Azwaad Movie Database Alan Vint Deputy
Gary Littlejohn - Azwaad Movie Database Gary Littlejohn Sheriff
John Carter - Azwaad Movie Database John Carter Rich Man
Bryan Montgomery - Azwaad Movie Database Bryan Montgomery Boy
Gail Threlkeld - Azwaad Movie Database Gail Threlkeld Girl
Charles Fitzpatrick - Azwaad Movie Database Charles Fitzpatrick Clerk
Photo Name Department
Billy Weber-Editing Billy Weber Editing (Editor)
Rosanna Norton-Costume & Make-Up Rosanna Norton Costume & Make-Up (Costume Design)
Dianne Crittenden-Production Dianne Crittenden Production (Casting)
Tak Fujimoto-Camera Tak Fujimoto Camera (Director of Photography)
Robert Estrin-Editing Robert Estrin Editing (Editor)
Jack Fisk-Art Jack Fisk Art (Art Direction)
James Nelson-Sound James Nelson Sound (Supervising Sound Editor)
Edward R. Pressman-Production Edward R. Pressman Production (Executive Producer)
Brian Probyn-Camera Brian Probyn Camera (Director of Photography)
Terrence Malick-Writing Terrence Malick Writing (Screenplay)

See Full Cast & Crew of Badlands


John Chard

Little did I realise that what began in the alleys and back ways of this quiet town would end in the Badlands of Montana. Badlands is written and directed by Terrence Malick. It stars Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Ramon Bieri and Warren Oats. Music is by George Tipton and James Taylor and cinematography by Tak Fujimoto, Steven Larner and Brian Probyn. Badlands seems to be adored by critics, often being coined as one of the best debuts ever made by a director. Maybe based loosely on the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of 1958, though the makers have been at pains to ensure we know this is a case of all the characters and situations being fictional, Badlands does indeed have impressive strands. It's a gorgeous picture visually, the surreal feel that is sometimes garnered by Malick in the narrative gives the piece a haunted edge and Spacek and Sheen are very good given the characters they are asked to play. However, Malick's commentary on amoral youth of 50s America, a corruption of innocence, alienation and etc, never has the depth, to my mind, to really be as special as so many say it is. Some argue the sketchy motives and reasonings involving Kit and Holly are deliberately thought provoking, I'd argue that devoid of psychological meat they are dull characters only livened by the actors' performances. Holly's narration is a clever device by Malick, serving to keep us interested since the structure of the film is repetitious, where being in the company of Kit and Holly becomes a chore. And lets not get onto credibility either... I know I'm in the minority, but three times I have tried to grasp this supposed genius in Badlands, and I just don't see it. There's a myth and mysticism that has been attributed to it, even enhanced as the years have rolled by, but where there is undoubtedly beauty on the surface, down below there is no beast. 6/10

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