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An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.


  • Martin Sheen
  • Sissy Spacek
  • Warren Oates
  • Ramon Bieri
  • Alan Vint
  • Gary Littlejohn
  • John Carter
  • Bryan Montgomery
  • Gail Threlkeld
  • Charles Fitzpatrick

Did You Know?


  • The film's plot and lead characters are based on Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate. In 1958, they embarked on a murder spree that horrified the country.
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  • The soldiers at the end are using M16 rifles, although they were not adopted by the U.S. Military until 1962.
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    • Kit Carruthers: I'll give you a dollar if you eat this collie.
    • Cato: I wouldn't eat it for a dollar.
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The movie makes no attempt to psychoanalyze its Kit Carruthers, and there are no symbols to note or lessons to learn. What comes through more than anything is the enormous loneliness of the lives these two characters lived, together and apart.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Badlands is about a landscape as much as the couple fleeing across it. Watching it, you sense that Malick finds his outlaw lovers beautiful and terrible, pathetic and monstrous, funny and overwhelmingly sad. [27 March 1998]

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune