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Directed by Terrence Malick

United States 1973 94 mins. In English

Badlands, one of the most thrilling debuts in the last 50 years, shot Terrence Malick to international fame and made instant stars of its leads, the unforgettable Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen. Lovers on the run from the law (and society), world-weary greaser Kit (Sheen) and wide-eyed teenager Holly (Spacek) leave their hometown in a stolen Cadillac after a murder, moving across the South Dakota plains with little hope of evading capture despite their rose-colored proclamations to each other. At once an exploration of youthful naivete morphing quickly to violence, and the decay of the American myth of the unbounded frontier, Badlands is a masterpiece of mood and visual style—and one of the key films of the 1970s.

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