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Johnny Guitar (1954)



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Movie Info

Strong-willed saloon-casino owner Vienna squares off against her nemesis, the shrieking Emma Small, who wrongly blames Vienna for her brother's death.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Roy Chanslor, Philip Yordan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 16, 2008


Sterling Hayden
as Johnny Guitar
Scott Brady
as Dancin' Kid
Ward Bond
as John McIvers
Ben Cooper
as Turkey Ralston
Ernest Borgnine
as Bart Lonergan
Frank Ferguson
as Marshal Williams
Paul Fix
as Eddie
Rhys Williams
as Mr. Andrews
Sumner Williams
as Posse Member
Sheb Wooley
as Posse Member
Denver Pyle
as Posse Member
Clem Harvey
as Posse Member
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Critic Reviews for Johnny Guitar

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (8)

It's not just Joan's campiness -- her line readings take on an almost incantatory quality -- but the way the whole thing feels like a stealth therapy session for smart actors trapped in horse-opera stereotypes.

Full Review… | November 13, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

A slyly radical psychosexual oddity busting through genre conventions, beyond its Old West Arizona setting ...

Full Review… | November 10, 2015
Village Voice
Top Critic

The acidulous palette of the costumes and the décor conjure Ray's insolent, isolated fury; though the action is set in the nineteenth century, the actors break out of the story to foreshadow the stylishly electric revolutions to come.

Full Review… | November 9, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

Ray's film is not a romantic comedy, but a Western. Or is it?

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Let's put it down as a fiasco. Miss Crawford went thataway.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

One of those classic westerns that has maintained its status by reinventing itself every decade since its release in 1954.

Full Review… | July 11, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Johnny Guitar

The first 45 minutes are perfect, with impeccable performances (Crawford at her best) and exceptional dialogue, but then the film starts to lose steam and drag in a few moments, while Vienna's peaceful (passive, that would be) motivations become a bit exasperating.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

It's quite a weird western with Joan Crawford filling the John Wayne shoes, glossy romantic scenes which could be thrown into a Douglas Sirk film and all painted with dramatic red strokes - from the sunsets, to a dramatic fire to Crawford's iconic lips. And it all ends in a rootin' tootin' gun shooting between its two female leads - a sort of Western version of a women's catfight. Peppered with great dialogue and a performance by Mercedes McCambridge which leaves no doubt why she was chosen to play the demon in "The Exorcist", there's little not to love.

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

Super Reviewer


I hate westerns, so I rated it lower because of that, but it is a different kind of western than normal. The story is sort of boring, but the characters aren't is another way of putting it. Anyway, it's interesting.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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