Badlands

Badlands

Directed by Terrence Malick • 1973 • United States
Starring Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates

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.

Badlands
  • Badlands

    Directed by Terrence Malick • 1973 • United States
    Starring Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates

    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...

Extras

  • BADLANDS Edition Intro

  • Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, and Jack Fisk on BADLANDS

    In this documentary, actors Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek and production designer Jack Fisk discuss the production of BADLANDS and the role it played in their subsequent careers. They were interviewed in the fall of 2012.

  • Producer Edward Pressman on BADLANDS

    BADLANDS marked the turning point in the career of producer Edward Pressman, as it did in those of many others. In this 12-minute interview, conducted in New York in October 2012, he discusses the ups and downs of the film’s production.

  • Editor Billy Weber on BADLANDS

    In this interview, conducted in November 2012, BADLANDS associate editor Billy Weber—who also worked as an editor on Terrence Malick’s DAYS OF HEAVEN and THE THIN RED LINE—discusses the director’s approach to editing and narrative on this, his first feature film.

  • Charles Starkweather and BADLANDS

    This 1993 episode of the television series “American Justice” focuses on Charles Starkweather, a self-styled teen rebel who set off on a murder spree in 1958 with his girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate. By the time they were apprehended, nine days later, ten people had been killed. The characters in BA...