Badlands

"Excellent"

Badlands Review


Terrence Malick introduced his odd yet highly compelling filmmaking style in this 1973 feature, inspired by the long murder spree of Charles Starkweather (here Kit Carruthers, played by Martin Sheen). Carruthers is a garbage man who spies Holly (Sissy Spacek, who narrates disaffectedly) twirling her baton, soon after he's shot her family dead and they're on the run, living in the woods and the badlands of the northern midwest as they try to get to Canada to make a hastily planned escape. Body counts rise, but Malick isn't overly concerned with the violence. He takes us inside the heads of this bizarre duo, the quiet sociopath Kit and the even quieter neurotic Holly. One of cinema's most curious character studies and probably still Malick's best film.


Badlands

Facts and Figures

Run time: 94 mins

In Theaters: Saturday 5th January 1974

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: Pressman-Williams, Jill Jakes Production, Badlands Company, Warner Brothers

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Fresh: 49 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 7.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Kit Carruthers, as Holly Sargis, as Holly's Father, Gary Littlejohn as Sheriff, as Deputy, Ramon Bieri as Cato, John Womack Jr. as Trooper, John Carter as Rich Man, as Boy Under Lamppost, as Boy Under Lamppost, Bryan Montgomery as Boy, Gail Threlkeld as Girl, Charles Fitzpatrick as Clerk, as Caller at Rich Man's House


Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Movie Review

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Movie Review

Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie brings a dark and gritty tone to this larger-than-life franchise. Along with...

Beyond the Reach Movie Review

Beyond the Reach Movie Review

With a spectacular setting and two solid actors on-screen, this thriller builds enough solid suspense...

Cub Movie Review

Cub Movie Review

At a time when horror movies seem to only want to make the audience jump,...

Inside Out Movie Review

Inside Out Movie Review

Those bright sparks at Pixar have done it again, taking a fiercely original approach to...

Advertisement
Southpaw Movie Review

Southpaw Movie Review

Slick direction and meaty performances may be enough for some viewers, but this boxing drama's...

Eden Movie Review

Eden Movie Review

Loose and impressionistic, this beautifully shot film traces the career of a DJ who pioneered...

The Gallows Movie Review

The Gallows Movie Review

Without a single moment of originality, this found-footage horror movie really deserves to be the...

Self/Less Movie Review

Self/Less Movie Review

An intriguing premise keeps the audience gripped for about 20 minutes before the movie runs...

Advertisement