Badlands (Criterion Collection)

Starring: Martin Sheen & Sissy Spacek Director: Terrence Malick  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
In 1959 a lot of people were killing time. Kit and Holly were killing people.
Badlands (Criterion Collection)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1973
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Terrence Malick
    • Making "Badlands," a new documentary featuring actors Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek and art director Jack Fisk
    • New interviews with assiciate editor Billy Weber and executive producer Edward Pressman
    • "Charles Starkweather," a 1993 episode of the television program American Justice, about the real-life story on which the film was loosely based
    • Trailer
    • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

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..."

Plot Synopsis:

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.

Plot Keywords:

Cult Film | Disturbing | Essential Cinema | Killer | On-The-Road | Recommended | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • 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.)

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  • Sales Rank: 104,597
  • UPC: 715515104319
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