Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
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Critic Reviews for Bad Day at Black Rock
John Sturges's macho B-picture is more brawn than brains...but what brawn!
Considerable excitement is whipped up in this suspense drama, and fans who go for tight action will find it entirely satisfactory.
Nicely put together by Sturges, its suspense derives largely from the excellent performances and imaginative use of the 'Scope frame by cameraman William C Mellor.
Superb, if it weren't, as we said, for the too-obvious liberal teachings that interrupt the terrific ation.
Audience Reviews for Bad Day at Black Rock
A pretty good suspense movie with Tracy, it has it's good moments, but it also has boring moments.
Great vehicle for Spencer Tracy that plays on post WWII anti-Japanese sentiment. Terrific cast includes Tracy, Walter Brennan, Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin.
Modern western about a one-armed stranger who comes to the tiny town of Black Rock in 1945 in search of a man. Immediately he is harassed by the townsfolk. But why are they so hostile? What dark secret lies at the heart of this seemingly nondescript town? The unsurprising answer was perhaps cutting-edge for 1954, but it's rather overused today. Self important message movie is tense and well acted, however. Oscar nominated for Best Actor, Director and Screenplay.
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