One of the most important American films of the 1970s, all the more remarkable because it was the feature debut of Terrence Malick, a graduate of the first class of AFI's Center for Advanced Film Studies (as the AFI Conservatory was then known) in 1969. In Malick's sensitive handling, the true story of mass murderer Charlie Starkweather is reworked into a literate, almost elegiac tribute to midwestern restlessness, with Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek giving astonishing performances as doomed young lovers on the wrong side of the law. DIR/SCR/PROD Terrence Malick. U.S., 1973, color, 94 min. RATED PG
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