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In 1959 a lot of people were killing time. Kit and Holly were killingpeople. Martin Sheen and Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek star in thestory of two young lovers who will do anything to be together ... evencommit murder. South Dakota. Twenty-five-year-old garbage man KitCarruthers (Sheen), who idolizes James Dean, falls in love with15-year-old Holly Sargis (Spacek). But when Holly's brutal fatherforbids their relationship, Kit kills the man, and the young loversbecome fugitives in this story based on true events. Director TerrenceMalick's (The Thin Red Line, Days of Heaven) theatrical film debut.]]>
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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.Read more ›
One lazy day Holly meets Kit (Martin Sheen), a handsome James Dean-esque character who is cocky, handsome, intelligent and shows interest in Holly. Kit is far from a father's dream of a catch for his daughter - kit is at least 10 years older and works as a garbage collector. While that profession pays better today, in the 1950s, it was hardly something worth writing home to mother about.
Holly's father forbids her to see Kit, but Kit is persistent and finally decides to kill the man who is in the way of their romance. The killing is less passionate or spontaneous than it is cold, emotionless and calculating. Similar to the way one swats a fly without remorse, killing it simply because it became too annoying, and life goes on. Holly just watches in a daze, not truly horrified at her wounded, dying father, and not surprised or mad at her beau.
Kit feels compelled to burn down the family home to cover up his crime, but then takes a record player outside so it won't burn - then goes to a self-recording record-making booth to make a confession record that plays outside the burning house as his morbid confession.Read more ›
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I really liked this picture! Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek were perfect in their roles as Kit and Holly. Sissy Spacek's lines were extremely well-written and acted. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by tekis
Two superb films: Badlands and Days of Heaven, both by Terrence Malick.Published 1 month ago by carolyn r russell
Watching the film under review, Badlands, made me thing back to the days when my own corner boys were taking their various turns toward life decisions which led some of them to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alfred Johnson
Badlands (1973) stars Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, in a film of love, murder, and survival. It's sort of a Bonnie and Clyde film, but with a different feel and look. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Todd7
Great acting by very young Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, telling a true story of a 1850s murder spree. Beautiful cinemetography and dialog. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Misspadraigin
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