Badlands script
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.


Gimme a dollar for them... Cost twenty


The Bum walks off. Kit pitches the shoes to Cato.


Why don't you see if they fit you?

Cato picks them up and looks at them.


Kit is culling through a trash can, looking for valuables.

reading other people's mail, etc.

KIT (O.S.)

This lady don't ever pay her bills.

She's gonna get in trouble if she

doesn't watch out.

Cato, ignoring him, picks up a magazine that is lying in the


When the CAMERA returns to Kit, he has stripped off his apron.


I throwed enough trash for today,

Cato... I'll see you in the morning.

He slaps Cato on the back and walks off. Cato throws a mouldy

loaf of bread at his back.




What do you mean?

He throws the loaf back at Cato.


Kit walks through the deserted alleys of the sleeping town...

as the MAIN TITLES APPEAR. He balances a stolen mop on his

finger; he stomps a can and looks around to see if anyone

has spotted him at this. As the CREDITS end he sees Holly in

front of her house twirling her baton. He crosses the street

and introduces himself.

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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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