- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 6, 2011
- Originally Released: 1973
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- Subtitles - English, French
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 12/01/1974
"...A rich, dark and strange melding of fantasy, allegory and local detail..."
Total Film - 07/01/2003
"...Startling....The lovers-on-the-lam movie to outpace them all..."
Wall Street Journal - 05/27/2011
"Brilliantly controlled and singular in style, the film has come to be viewed as masterly, and the soullessness at its core as a commentary on American culture."
A.V. Club - 04/11/2013
"Working in that most lurid of genres, the 'true crime' yarn, Malick discovered the delicate contrast of beauty and savagery that would later inform his grander visions..."
Director Terrence Malick's debut is based on the Charles Starkweather murder spree of the 1950s. A South Dakota garbage collector woos a high school naif away from her father--and kills him--and the two embark on a statewide killing binge. BADLANDS is a slice of demented Americana, made all the more disturbing by Malick's understated direction and Sheen's over-the-top James Dean posturing.
Cult Film |
Essential Cinema |
- Theatrical Release: October 15, 1973.
- BADLANDS was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1993.
- BADLANDS marked the feature-film debut for director Terrence Malick, who studied philosophy at Harvard and as a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford.
- Malick appears briefly as a man who knocks on the front door of the house that Kit and Holly have occupied.
- Bruce Springsteen's song "Nebraska" was based on the Starkweather murder spree and was influenced by the movie. (Springsteen also wrote a song called "Badlands," which is not about the same subject.)