Badlands

  • Directors: Terrence Malick
  • Producers: Terrence Malick
  • Writers: Terrence Malick
  • Genres: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • Actors: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates

Badlands is narrated from the perspective of Holly (Spacek), a teenaged girl living in a dead-end South Dakota town. One day she meets Kit (Sheen), a rebellious young greaser who sweeps her off her feet and takes her as his accomplice on a cross-country killing spree. Holly’s narration, describing her adventures with Kit with romantic clichés, is juxtaposed with the grim reality of Kit’s sociopathic appetite for grisly violence. This use of voice-over to create a dialectic between sound and image has become a dominant feature of Malick’s work.

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