1978 • PG • Drama, Romance, Award Winning
Terrence Malick’s poetic tale of love and murder in 1916.
WHY WE PICKED IT: This stunning period tragedy, Malick’s highly anticipated follow up to ‘Badlands,’ is considered one of the most beautiful films ever made.
In pre-World War I America, Chicago steelworker Bill (Richard Gere) flees to Texas with his little sister Linda and girlfriend Abby after fighting with and accidentally killing his boss at the mill. There, Bill and Abby pretend to be siblings and begin working as laborers in the wheat fields of a wealthy, ailing farmer (Sam Shepard), who soon falls in love with Abby and asks them all to stay. Believing that the farmer only has a year left to live, Bill convinces Abby to marry him and become heir to his fortune. But when the expected death fails to come, jealousy and impatience arrive in its stead.
DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick
CAST: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard
AWARDS: Best Cinematography - Néstor Almendros - Academy Awards® 1979
NOMINATIONS: Best Costume Design - Academy Awards® 1979, Best Sound - Academy Awards® 1979, Best Original Score - Ennio Morricon - Academy Awards® 1979, Best Motion Picture - Drama - Golden Globes® 1979, Best Director - Terrence Malick - Golden Globes® 1979