Former Harvard Rhodes scholar Terrence Malick's debut feature revisits the murderous Midwestern terrain of the late 1950s. Kit (Martin Sheen) is a 25-year-old trashman who fashions himself as James Dean. When he meets Holly (Sissy Spacek), a cute, innocent 15-year-old, he finds himself falling in love with her. Her father (Warren Oates), an overprotective widower, will not allow the relationship to blossom, even after Kit informs him of his decent intentions. This refusal triggers Kit into embarking on a murder spree across the Midwest. All the while, Holly is there by Kit's side, to witness the senseless crimes and ponder the future.<BR>BADLANDS is told from the point of view of the naive Holly, whose voice-over sounds like she's reading from a serial romance. It is this innocence that makes the detached, cold killings all the more shocking. Sheen portrays Kit--a dreamer who wants nothing more than to leave his mark on history--with a grace and humor that makes him a sympathetic character even while he's killing innocent strangers. All of this can be accredited to Malick, whose understated, seemingly simplistic direction adds an even greater emotional impact to the proceedings.
Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Sissy Spacek, Ramon Bieri, Warren Oates, Sissy Spacek
Action & Adventure
12 years and over, 15 years and over
1 hour 30 minutes
Country Of Origin:
United States of America
It's South Dakota 1959. A couple of youngsters, Kit and Holly, embark on a fantasy journey which results in violence and bloodshed.
WARNER HOME VIDEO; CINRAM LOGISTICS
No of Discs:
Director of Photography:
Featurette - 1. ABSENCE OF MALICK, Trailer - 1. Original Theatrical
Dolby Digital 5.1
Dolby Digital 5.1 English
...A rich, dark and strange melding of fantasy, allegory and local detail... (Sight And Sound, 26/06/2008)<br><br>