Beautiful cinematography; each and every image in the film is poetic.
Slow-moving, and not terribly impressive in any way, but over all pretty decent.
A timeless piece. With a great soundtrack too!
over 5 years
Visually stunning: aesthetic yet dirty. Simple, sophisticated dialog. Nouvelle vagueish.
over 5 years
Malick's debut announces his presence as an auteur, also offering great lead performances.
over 6 years
Bizarre, aimless kind of film, but draws you in nonetheless. Martin Sheen was hot!
Badlands is a 1973 American crime drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick, starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. Warren Oates and Ramon Bieri are also featured. Malick has a small speaking part although he does not receive an acting credit. The story, though fictional, is loosely based on the real-life murder spree of Charles Starkweather and his girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, in 1958, though such a basis was not acknowledged when the film was released.
In 1993, five years after the United States National Film Registry was established, Badlands was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Badlands is narrated by Holly (Spacek), a teenage girl living in a dead-end South Dakota town. One day she meets Kit (Sheen), a rebellious young greaser who charms her and takes her as his accomplice on a cross-country killing spree. Holly's narration, describing her adventures with Kit with romantic clichés,...