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Badlands (1973)
Synopsis: Inspired by real-life killers Charles Starkweather and Caril-Ann Fugate, this tale of crime and love begins in a dead-end town. Teenage girl Holly (Sissy Spacek) angers her father (Warren Oates) when she begins dating an older and rebellious boy (Martin Sheen). After a conflict between Holly and her father erupts in murder, the young lovers are forced to flee. In the ensuing crime spree, they journey through the Midwest to the Badlands of Montana, eluding authorities along the way.

FADE IN:

INT. BEDROOM

The time is 1959. HOLLY SARGIS, the 15-year-old heroine,

sits on her bed, petting her dog. The CAMERA DOLLIES BACK as

she talks on VOICE OVER.

HOLLY (V.O.)

My mother died of pneumonia when I

was just a kid. My father had kept

their wedding cake in the freezer

for ten whole years. After the funeral

he gave it to the yardman... He tried

to act cheerful, but he could never

be consoled by the little stranger

he found in his house. Then, one

day, hoping to begin a new life away

from the scene of all his memories,

he moved us from Texas to Ft. Dupree,

South Dakota.

HOLD on FULL SHOT of bedroom.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. ALLEYS AND STREETSSERIES OF ANGLES – DAWN

The streets and alleys of Ft. Dupree at dawn. On sound we

hear the clucking of DOVES. A garbage truck appears. Details

of the mechanisms at the back of the truck.

NEW ANGLE:

KIT CARRUTHERS, the hero, a 25-year-old garbageman, kneels

beside a dead dog. He inspects it briefly, then looks back

at his friend and co-worker, CATO, a stocky man in his

forties.

KIT:

I'll give you a dollar to eat this

collie.

Cato inspects the dog.

CATO:

I'm not going to eat him for a

dollar... I don't think he's a collie,

either. Some kind of dog.

They drive off.

KIT:

Watch your heads.

NEW ANGLE:

The truck comes to a stop. Kit bangs on the driver's door.

KIT:

Hey. Woody. Gimme a cigarette.

WOODY waves him off. Kit shrugs to Cato.

KIT:

Woody wouldn't give me a cigarette.

(pause)

Ever notice he don't talk much?

Cato agrees with this. They make a terrible racket, with no

regard for the sleep of the neighbors.

EXT. STREET

Holly, whispering some rhyme to herself, twirls a baton in

the middle of an empty street.

HOLLY (V.O.)

Little did I realize that what began

in the alleys and back ways of this

quiet town would end in the Badlands

of Montana.

EXT. ALLEY

Kit tries to sell a passing BUM a pair of shoes.

BUM:

Nah. They wouldn't fit.

KIT:

How do you know? You hadn't tried

them on yet.

BUM:

Nah.

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Terrence Malick

Terrence Frederick Malick is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He began his career as part of the New Hollywood film-making wave with the critically acclaimed films Badlands and Days of Heaven, before a lengthy hiatus. more…

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