Terrence Malick

Badlands

Badlands

Badlands announced the arrival of a major talent: Terrence Malick. His impressionistic take on the notorious Charles Starkweather killing spree of the late 1950s uses a serial-killer narrative as a springboard for an oblique teenage romance, lovingly and idiosyncratically enacted by Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. The film introduced many of the elements that would earn Malick his passionate following: the enigmatic approach to narrative and character, the unusual use of voice-over, the juxtaposition of human violence with natural beauty, the poetic investigation of American dreams and nightmares. This debut has spawned countless imitations, but none have equaled its strange sublimity.

Film Info

  • Terrence Malick
  • United States
  • 1973
  • 94 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #651

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • Restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Terrence Malick, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Making “Badlands,” a 2012 documentary featuring actors Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek and art director Jack Fisk
  • Interviews from 2012 with associate 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: An essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda

Cover based on a painting commissioned by Malick

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • Restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Terrence Malick, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Making “Badlands,” a 2012 documentary featuring actors Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek and art director Jack Fisk
  • Interviews from 2012 with associate 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: An essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda

Cover based on a painting commissioned by Malick

Badlands
Cast
Martin Sheen
Kit
Sissy Spacek
Holly
Warren Oates
Father
Ramon Bieri
Cato
Alan Vint
Deputy
Gary Littlejohn
Sheriff
John Carter
Rich man
Bryan Montgomery
Boy
Gail Threlkeld
Girl
Charles Fitzpatrick
Clerk
Howard Ragsdale
Boss
John Womack Jr.
Trooper
Dona Baldwin
Maid
Ben Bravo
Gas attendant
Credits
Director
Terrence Malick
Written and produced by
Terrence Malick
Executive producer
Edward R. Pressman
Original music by
George Tipton
Photography
Brian Probyn
Photography
Tak Fujimoto
Photography
Stevan Larner
Editor
Robert Estrin
Associate editors
William Weber
Associate editors
Marion Segal
Art director
Jack Fisk
Associate art director
Ed Richardson
Production manager
William Scott
Sound effects
Sam Shaw
Associate producer
Lou Stroller
Hair/Wardrobe
Dona Baldwin
Casting
Dianne Derfner

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