Johnny Guitar 1954

Johnny Guitar

Critics Consensus

Johnny Guitar confidently strides through genre conventions, emerging with a brilliant statement that transcends its period setting -- and left an indelible mark.

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On the outskirts of town, the hard-nosed Vienna (Joan Crawford) owns a saloon frequented by the undesirables of the region, including Dancin' Kid (Scott Brady) and his gang. Another patron of Vienna's establishment is Johnny Guitar (Sterling Hayden), a former gunslinger and her lover. When a heist is pulled in town that results in a man's death, Emma Small (Mercedes McCambridge), Vienna's rival, rallies the townsfolk to take revenge on Vienna's saloon -- even without proof of her wrongdoing.

Cast & Crew

Sterling Hayden
Johnny "Guitar" Logan
Scott Brady
Dancin' Kid
Ward Bond
John McIvers
Ben Cooper
Turkey Ralston
Ernest Borgnine
Bart Lonergan
Frank Ferguson
Marshal Williams
Roy Chanslor
Writer (Novel)
Philip Yordan
Screenwriter
Herbert J. Yates
Executive Producer
Victor Young
Original Music
Harry Stradling Sr.
Cinematographer
Richard L. Van Enger
Film Editor
James W. Sullivan
Art Direction
Edward G. Boyle
Set Decoration
John McCarthy Jr.
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Critic Reviews for Johnny Guitar

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (3)

  • A cheap Western from Republic Pictures, yes. And also one of the boldest and most stylized films of its time, quirky, political, twisted.

    January 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Unforgettably strange and brilliant.

    May 5, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • A movie for anyone who's ever been judged on their appearance, their outlook or the way they choose to live.

    May 3, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    November 13, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • A slyly radical psychosexual oddity busting through genre conventions, beyond its Old West Arizona setting ...

    November 10, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The acidulous palette of the costumes and the dcor 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.

    November 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Johnny Guitar

  • Sep 18, 2016
    Classic gender bending western, almost entirely set in one location, that balances thrills, camp and righteous anger brilliantly.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2015
    The first 45 minutes are perfect, with impeccable performances (Crawford at her best) and an 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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2013
    Given the movie's low budget and the behind the scenes drama it's astounding that something this brilliant and unclassifiable (is it a Western? Romance? Psycho-sexual Thriller?) resulted. Then again that's probably how they got away with it. Something this strange must be treasured.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2013
    Ray's Johnny Guitar is like no other western that I have ever seen. Joan Crawford is incredible as the toughest lady gun in the west. There are numerous ways to consider this film - as an outsider's perspective, as a subtle romance, as subversive..and it works in any way that you view it.
    John B Super Reviewer

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