Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Badlands (1973)

Holly Sargis is a teenager living with her father in Fort Dupree, South Dakota. She takes music lessons and can twirl a baton. One day while practicing she meets 25 year old garbage man Kit Carruthers, whom she thinks he looks like actor James Dean. They start seeing each other and when her father finds out he shoots her dog, forbidding him not to see her. So Kit comes back and kills him, then burns down her house and makes it to look like a suicide. He and Holly leave town and while on the run, they briefly live together in the woods and go off on a killing spree throughout the Midwest. The plot and characters of Kit and Holly are based on Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate, who in 1958 embarked on a murder spree that horrified the country. Both Sheen and Spacek give astounding performances as the young but troubled lovers. Starring Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates 8/10

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