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Badlands (1999)

Warren Oates , Martin Sheen , Terrence Malick  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Warren Oates, Martin Sheen, Ramon Bieri, Sissy Spacek, Alan Vint
  • Directors: Terrence Malick
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005KQVE1S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,632 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek play young lovers on a shooting spree across 1950s South Dakota in Terrence Malick's turbulent, gut-grabbing masterwork. Kit Carruthers, a young garbage collector and his girlfriend Holly Sargis from Fort Dupree, South Dakota, are on the run after killing Holly's father who disagreed with their relationship. On their way towards the Badlands of Montana they leave a trail of dispassionate and seemingly random murders. A very intriguing narrative without judgements, and lacking the usually sensational approach of this genre. Very good acting and directing, and beautiful photography. The script was based upon the true story of the Charles Starkweather and Caril-Ann Fugate murders in 1958.

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Before the Fall February 6, 2006
Kit and Holly are presented in this story by Terrence Malick as total innocents, living in a prelapsarian state, completely unaware of right and wrong, good and evil, and ignorant of guilt or sin. They have minimal conception of the consequences of their actions; in effect, they appear almost totally to lack imagination or foresight, and can barely empathise with each other, let alone other people. Things just happen, as Holly sees it. Kit doesn't feel hostility to the people he kills: they are merely in his way. There is no remorse. He is only marginally conscious that the structured world outside his own will eventually catch up with him. These kids are like Adam and Eve, with a limited knowledge of what is forbidden, but no real knowledge of the meaning of life and death. Holly throws out her sick catfish, showing no feeling. Her dog is shot as a punishment by her father, indicating he, too, is careless of death or pain. Kit stands on a dead cow, as though puzzled by its absence of life. Neither of the two seems to cry or laugh much. In one way these characters might also be thought of as throwbacks to a prehistoric, animalistic past, where the younger man simply eliminates the older, in order to secure a mate for himself. Just the way of nature, and beyond criticism. Apparently, so I've read somewhere, this is the mindset of the criminal, who cannot see what he is doing wrong. He has to get by, somehow, and takes the easiest path. Why work, when you can steal? If obstacles arise, eliminate them. People are OK, otherwise. Live now, die later. This is an extraordinary film, superbly acted.
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A COMPLEX TALE OF EVIL... February 19, 2003
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This is an amazing directorial debut, as the film works on so many fronts. It is both a love story and a crime drama, with sneak peaks at what makes the two main protagonists tick. It remains for the audience to decide who is the more chilling and disturbed of the two characters, twenty five year old Kit (Martin Sheen) or fifteen year old Holly (Sissy Spacek).
This is a film in which two unlikely characters become lovers. Kit, a James Dean-like loser espies the fresh-faced Holly twirling her baton one day and is smitten. He approaches her and, despite her initial reluctance, she begins to see him against her protective father's wishes. Kit is ten years older than Holly, a high school drop out from the wrong side of the tracks, who is unable to maintain a job and appears to have a limited future. He falls in love with Holly and wants her to be his exclusively. Eventually, they become lovers.
Holly, a loner who has been raised by her father since her mother died many years ago, lives a middle class, materially comfortable existence. Her father, while he no doubt loves and cares for her, lacks a certain sensitivity. His idea of punishing Holly for disobeying him is to shoot her dog in cold blood. When her fish is dying, his solution is to toss it into the yard while it is still gasping for breath, replacing it with a new fish. Holly's naive, fresh-faced, freckled countenance belies a soul that has atrophied. It is as if Holly were disconnected from her feelings.
When Kit tries to talk to the father about his feelings for Holly, he is told in no uncertain terms to hit the road. Kit then decides to leave and take Holly with him. Kit enters Holly's house one day, packing a suitcase of her things in anticipation of their departure, when Holly and her father unexpectedly arrive home.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable debut from Terrence Malick November 17, 1999
This is one of the best criminal/lovers on the run films to date. As in all of director Malick's films, the music, acting, and photography are all first rate. Malick does not stylize or glorify the violence like too many other films of the same plotting. The violence makes its impact on the viewer without resorting to any exaggerations or excessiveness. What is most striking about the film are its many contrasts with the characters. For example, the characters' alienation is depicted in the shots of lonely desolate landscapes. Many of their spoken thoughts, points of view, and statements are absolutely senseless....just like their killings. Martin Sheen is very chilling as the remorseless and trigger-happy Kit. What also makes Badlands different is that the film does not blame society for the behavior of Kit and Holly (played wonderfully by Sissy Spacek). Powerful, chilling, extremely well done and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teenage Wasteland! February 10, 2006
There are buttered-up popcorn movies that entertain you, score a ticket to "Jurassic Park" and Spielberg for that, and there are films with gravitas, that move you, disturb you, drag you to the altar kicking and screaming, to consider circumstances you might not brave yourself.."Badlands," Terrence Malick's 1973 directorial debut, an overlooked jewel of a film, forcibly moves you, and takes an unsavory subject, the Charles Starkweather serial killings' crime spree, up in the vacated Badlands of South Dakota, and refines it til you posit, "How did we get here as a country? What went wrong?"..And then you appraise the challenges a film-maker overcomes to project the psychopathic wrath of two teenagers (Martin Sheen as Kit Carruthers, Sissy Spacek as Holly Sargis) on a thrill-killing "honeymoon", onto the silver screen and make it empathetic, palatable..Why would anyone care in the first place about two low-life, lost highway delinquents, who shoot a parent, assume they can get away consequence-free, and move on with their careless lives like nothing more infractious than cutting an afternoon civics class has occurred?..However, "Badlands" is rooted in unfortunate fact, these inexplicable events happened to a pedestrian populace in North America, and Malick lets you tag along in this teenage angst riddled odyssey, deeper and deadlier into an American wasteland..The film is palpable evil genuis, arguably a top ten American film classic, irrespective it was shot by a first time director, with an unknown cast.. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One beautiful transfer!
I've always loved this film particularly because of the scenery and beautiful rolling hills and landscape. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Andrew K Rawls
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Sheen!
Young Old school daddy Sheen is hardcore. It's a flick for anyone who's all about "Bonnie & Clyde" "Natural Born Killers" Americana Crime drama.
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie for its day.
My wife and I saw this movie in 1973 when we were first married. Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek were both very young and new actors to the Hollywood scene. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jfield1
4.0 out of 5 stars The Legal Side of Filmmaking
When I was in college, I asked and received a one-term sabbatical to apply for a software patent. Unfortunately for me, I didn't win that patent; I was about three-to-six months... Read more
Published 2 months ago by KIRK A RADECK
3.0 out of 5 stars A statutory rape and numerous murders presented as a beautiful romance
It's a quite watchable crime film, inspired by real events - but honestly, I couldn't really find anything particularly remarkable in it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Maciej
5.0 out of 5 stars good
this it a good movie to get and be able to watch whan ever you want to watch the people
Published 3 months ago by Marguerite Poll
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Chilling
If this film gives me chills in 2014 I can only imagine what my reaction would have been 40 years ago! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Randy Rousseau
4.0 out of 5 stars Martin Sheen * Perfect
Movie a kick off of the true crime exploits of Charles Starkweather and was very well done. Enjoyed watching Martin Sheen in one of his first films....very good.
Published 3 months ago by J. Podbregar
5.0 out of 5 stars Martin Sheen's film that made his a star
Based upon a true story of a mass murderer and Martin Sheen co-stars with Sissy Spacek in one of her earlier films. Martin was made a star and so was Spacek. A fine director.
Published 3 months ago by William Dakota
4.0 out of 5 stars BADLANDS
I knew it would be a good movie 3 of the best actors starring.. Martin Sheen Sissy Spacek Warren Oates. a lot of senseless killing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by William Morin Sr
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