Thursday, December 13, 2012

"Badlands" has some not so flattering things to say about South Dakota

Terence Malick's 1973 film "Badlands" is based on the Charles Starkweather/Carol Fugate killing spree in Nebraska from the 1950s, but the movie is set in a dreary South Dakota. While sometimes we South Dakotans love getting extra credit, I think this is one film we could have left to the real location.

Not only is this a story of teenagers on a murderous joyride, but Sissy Spacek narrates about Martin Sheen's character's feelings toward our beloved state - "Kit was glad to leave South Dakota and cursed its name. He said if the Communists ever dropped the atomic bomb he wished they'd put it right in the middle of Rapid City."

I do like this movie, but thankfully Kit's wish never came true.

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