Dramatization of the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of the s, in which a teenage girl and her twenty-something boyfriend slaughtered her entire family. Badlands announced the arrival of a major talent: Terrence Malick. His impressionistic take on the notorious Charles Starkweather killing spree of the late s. ‘Badlands’ Arrives On Criterion: 10 Things We Learned About The Terrence Malick Classic.

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Badlands is a American period crime drama film written, produced and directed by Terrence Malick in his filmmaking debut, starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek[1] and featuring Warren Oates and Ramon Bieri.

The story, though fictional, is loosely based on the real-life murder spree of Charles Starkweather and his girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugatein[2] though that basis was not acknowledged when the film was released. Like many of Malick’s films, Badlands is notable for its lyrical photography, and its music, which includes pieces by Carl Orff.

Badlands is often cited by film critics as one of the greatest and most influential films of all-time. Infour years after the United States National Film Registry was established, it was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

South Dakota ; She lives with her sign painter father, although their relationship has been strained since her mother died of pneumonia some years earlier. One day Holly meets a year-old garbage collector named Kit Carruthers.

Kit is a young, troubled greaser and Korean War veteran, who resembles James Deanan actor Holly admires. Kit charms Holly, and she slowly falls in love with him. As Holly falls deeper in love for Kit, his violent and anti-social tendencies start to slowly reveal themselves. Holly’s father disapproves of Holly and Kit’s relationship, and shoots her dog as a punishment for spending time with him. Kit then comes to Holly’s house and shoots her father dead.

The couple fakes suicide by burning down the house and go on the run together, making their way towards the badlands of Montana. Kit and Holly build a treehouse in a remote area and live there happily for a time, fishing and stealing chickens for food, but are eventually discovered by bounty hunters. Kit shoots the three bounty hunters dead, and the couple flees.

They next seek shelter with Kit’s friend Cato, but when Cato attempts to deceive them and go for help, Kit kills him; he also shoots a teenage couple who abdlands to visit Cato shortly thereafter. Kit and Holly are hunted across the Midwest by law enforcement. They stop at a rich man’s mansion and take supplies, clothing, and his Cadillacbut spare the lives of the man and his badlanss. As the fugitives head across Montana to Saskatchewanthe police find and pursue them.

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Holly, who is tired of life on the run and of her relationship with Kit, refuses to go with him and turns herself in. Kit leads the police on a car chase but is soon caught, and enjoys the attention he receives from police and reporters. The crowd engages with Kit as he is sitting in their custody, barlands him questions and cracking jokes.

Kit is later executed for his crimes, while Holly receives probation and marries her defense attorney’s son. I raised about half the money and executive producer Edward Pressman the other half. The remainder of badlandds share was raised from professionals such as doctors and dentists. Badlands was the first feature film that Malick baldands written for himself to direct.

Bloom House in Trinidad, Colorado was used for the rich man’s house where Kit and Holly steal the Cadillac they drive until they are caught. The script’s beginning was mostly filmed in the southeastern Colorado town of Las Animasjalick Bent County. The scene in which Holly was running out of school was filmed at Columbian Elementary School. The film was originally set to be edited by Robert Estrin.

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However, when Malick saw Estrin’s cut of the film, he disliked it and removed Estrin from the production. Malick himself mslick Billy Weber then recut the movie. Estrin remains credited as the sole balands, however, with Weber credited as associate editor. Though Malick paid close attention to period detail, he did not want it to overwhelm the picture. I wanted the picture to set up like a fairy tale, outside time.

Warner Brothers eventually purchased and distributed the completed film for a sum just under a million dollars. The film makes repeated use of the short composition Gassenhauer from Carl Orff ‘s and Gunild Keetman ‘s Schulwerkand also uses other pieces from the Schulwerknotably Hexeneinmaleins from Musica Poetica.

One may legitimately debate the validity of Malick’s vision, but not, I think, his immense talent. Badlands is a most important and exciting film. It is not malidk and high-spirited. All its comedy has a frosty irony, and its violence, instead of being brutally balletic, is executed with a dry, remorseless drive.


Transcendent themes of love and death are fused with a pop-culture sensibility and played out against a midwestern background, which is breathtaking both in its sweep and in its banality. You’ve seen these kinds of moments in other films — they’re really hard to pull off, and usually they come off as a pretension.

There’s this wonderful badlanfs where the couple have been cut adrift from civilisation.

They know the noose is tightening and they’ve gone off the road, across the Badlands. You hear Sissy narrating various stories, and she’s talking about visiting faraway places. There’s this strange piece of classical music [an ethereal orchestration of Erik Satie ‘s Trois Morceaux en forme de Poire], and a very long-lens shot. You see something in the distance — I think it’s badlandw train moving — and it looks like a shot of an Arabian caravan moving across the desert.

These are moments that have nothing to do with the story, and yet everything to do with ,alick. They’re not plot-orientated, but they have to do with the longing or the dreams of these characters. And they’re the kind of moments you never forget, a certain kind of lyricism that just strikes some deep part of you and that you hold on to. Martin Sheen commented in that Badlands “still is” the best script he had ever read.

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It was a period piece, and yet of all time. It was extremely American, it caught the spirit of the people, of the culture, in a way that was immediately identifiable. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the film. For other films, see Badlands disambiguation. The New York Times. National Film Registry — Titles”. Clamen’s Movie Information Collection. Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science.

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