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Renowned auteur Terrence Malick made his directorial debut with 1973’s Badlands. In it, Kit Carruthers (Martin Sheen) is a twentysomething disaffected garbage man who meets and falls in love with a 15 year old naive schoolgirl, Holly Sargis (Sissy Spacek). Holly’s dad doesn’t approve of their union, though, and is summarily shot by Kit, who then takes Holly on an interstate crime spree, leaving a trail of bodies along the way. Based on the same real life Starkweather / Fugate crime spree of the 1950s that inspired Natural Born Killers, Kalifornia and many other movies, Malick gives a gentler treatment to this story of two lonely people brought together by happenstance and whose union is forged in blood. Its use of voiceover, gorgeous, naturalistic cinematography and sensitive lead performances presage what would later become signatures of the director’s work.
“Among the great American crime movies, 1973’s Badlands stands alone.” – Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
“This first, magnificent, outpouring of the sporadic genius of cinema’s equivalent to JD Salinger, Terrence Malick, still seems terrifically modern.” – Wally Hammond, Time Out
“Kit is played by Martin Sheen, in one of the great modern film performances. He looks like James Dean, does not have bowlegs, and plays the killer as a plain and simple soul who has somehow been terribly damaged by life… 4 Stars” – Roger Ebert
View a collection of promotional stills for Badlands on the New Beverly forum.
Kim Morgan discusses Badlands on the New Beverly blog.
- Terrence Malick
- Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates, Ramon Bieri, Alan Vint, Gary Littlejohn
- Running Time
- 94 minutes
Macon County Line
It shouldn’t have happened, it couldn’t have happened, but it did! In the Fall of ‘54, two brothers (real-life siblings Alan and Jesse Vint) tool around the South, killing time by picking up a pretty hitchhiker (Cheryl Waters) and looking for laughs before shipping off to the Army. But their good time trip turns into a redneck nightmare when they cross paths with a small town sheriff (producer, co-writer and co-star Max Baer Jr., best known as Jethro on The Beverly Hillbillies), who mistakes them for the ruthless criminals responsible for murdering his wife. Unfortunately, there’s no turning back once you hit the Macon County Line. With nuanced characters and stellar performances (especially by Baer as the terrifying lawman), this downbeat docudrama artfully transcends its humble low budget origins to become one of the greatest gems of the drive-in era.
- Richard Compton
- Alan Vint, Jesse Vint, Cheryl Waters, Max Baer Jr, Geoffrey Lewis, Joan Blackman, Leif Garrett
- Running Time
- 89 minutes