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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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.

Cast

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

  • While I won't say that I loved the film (it retains enough of its genre's tropes to not quite work for me), I was surprised by how glorious the sets and landscapes looked.

    January 24, 2019 | Full Review…

    Tara Judah

    Desist Film
    Top Critic
  • Double-crosses, beautiful losers, gunplay and waterfalls and fire and whiskey, it's all here.

    September 6, 2018 | Full Review…

    Eve Tushnet

    Patheos
    Top Critic
  • Mildred Pierce unleashed on the wild, wild West.

    June 25, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • This baroque bonanza fascinates on so many levels that it demands to be repeatedly viewed and reviewed.

    January 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Compared to other Westerns, Johnny Guitar is high art--richly atmospheric and with noir elements that will remind viewers of such dramatic films as Key Largo.

    January 16, 2018 | Rating: B+ | 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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