Johnny Guitar (1954)
Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 1
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Strong-willed saloon-casino owner Vienna squares off against her nemesis, the shrieking Emma Small, who wrongly blames Vienna for her brother's death.
Jan 1, 1954 Limited
Sep 16, 2008
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One of those classic westerns that has maintained its status by reinventing itself every decade since its release in 1954.
For all its violence, this is a surpassingly tender, sensitive film, Ray's gentlest statement of his outsider theme.
This Technicolor cowboy picture feels like it exists in some other dimension. "Johnny Guitar" satirizes macho posturing, even as it elevates the catfight to a whole new level.
One of Nicholas Ray's best films, the garish, full-color Freudian Western is an amazing, weird movie that's not easy to get the first time around.
...manages to be both a serious critique of McCarthyism and a camp classic...
A politically subversive Western, made during the McCarthy era, Nicholas Ray's cult movie offers two strong roles for women, Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge, who may be latently lesbian.
This 1954 Freudian Western is one of the all-time left-field wonders of the studio system, a film so subversive it's a wonder it ever got made.
Like the other great American films of the 50's, Johnny Guitar breaks through the mold.
Bizarre, unforgettable Nicholas Ray western that ends in two women shootout!
Quite possibly the weirdest Western ever made by a mainstream studio in the 1950s... I flat-out loved this movie.
It's about time it was acclaimed for it what it really is: a genuine western film classic.
For all its slightly tatty sets and off-the-mark decor, the film abounds in wonderful lines and acting that doesn't betray them.
Compelling, confounding and at times verging on the downright camp, this picture takes a slow- burning but startlingly vivid look at humanity in the outlands.
Joan Crawford as a gunslinger. Some of the best unintentionally funny dialogue ever.
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