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Bad Day at Black Rock (Sous-titres franais)

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  • Directors: John Sturges
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: May 10 2005
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0007TKNH4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,787 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Bad Day at Black Rock (DVD)

One of the first Hollywood films to deal openly with white racism toward Japanese Americans during World War II, this drama directed by 1950s action maestro John Sturges (The Great Escape) stars Spencer Tracy as a one-armed stranger named MacReedy, who arrives in the tiny town of Black Rock on a hot day in 1945. Seeking a hotel room and the whereabouts of an ethnic Japanese farmer named Komoko, MacReedy runs smack into a wall of hostility that escalates into serious threats. In time it becomes apparent that Komoko has been murdered by a local, racist chieftain, Reno Smith (Robert Ryan), who also plans on dispensing with MacReedy. Tracy's hero is forced to fight his way past Smith's goons (among them Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin) and sundry allies (Anne Francis) to keep alive, setting the stage for memorable suspense crisply orchestrated by Sturges. Casting is the film's principal strength, however: Tracy, the indispensable icon of integrity, and Ryan, the indispensable noir image of spiritual blight, are as creatively unlikely a pairing as Sturges's shotgun marriage of Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen in The Magnificent Seven. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Black Rock. A town out in the middle of nowhere in the California desert. Yet one day, shortly after the end of World War II, an exciting event occurs here. For the first time in four years, the streamliner makes a stop here. Out of it comes one man named Macready (Spencer Tracy), who is also crippled in his left arm. The other townspeople become suspicious when Macready asks to go to Adobe flats to see a Japanese man named Komoko. Macready can't understand why; he's just wants to speak to Komoko about his son, whom Macready served with in Italy. Komoko's son had died defending Macready and, for this, he was awarded a medal that Macready wants to present to Komoko. But something is fishy about this town. It's concealing a secret past, a past that Reno Smith (Robert Ryan) and his henchmen, Coley Trimble (Ernest Borgnine) and Hector David (Lee Marvin) want to keep secret.
"Bad Day at Black Rock" doesn't have too much action. There are a few action scenes, but they are spaced apart. The thing that keeps this movie exciting and suspenseful are the strong, convincing performances. Tracy as the crippled, mysterious and tough loner Macready. Ryan, Borgnine and Marvin are all great as men who want to push Macready over the limit, yet can't seem to faze him. They also run the town, although neither of them is officially sheriff. The real sheriff is a drunken coward played by Dean Jagger. He is also one of the few who befriends Macready. The others include a friendly doctor, T.R Velie, (Walter Brennan) and Liz Wirth (Anne Francis), the sister of Pete Wirth (John Ericson).
The music score, cinematography and direction are also excellent. The score gives the movie another emotional level while the photography gives the desert a foreboding look.
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"Bad Day at Black Rock" is a riveting suspense thriller with several memorable performances from a first rate cast. Spencer Tracy (in one of his best roles) excels as John J. MacReedy who is in Black Rock to take a medal to the father of one of his wartime colleagues now that the war is over. He encounters unexpected resentment and hostility from some of the residents, in particular from Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin who make a trio of formidable villains. When threats and intimidation have no effect on Tracy (who doggedly continues to pursue his investigations) the three then resort to violence. Also in the impressive cast are Anne Francis, Walter Brennan, Dean Jagger, John Ericson and Russell Collins. With the help of Brennan and Francis and after surmounting many obstacles Tracy eventually gets the upper hand bringing the film to its exciting climax.
Some favourite lines from the film:
Spencer Tracy (to train conductor): "Oh, I'll only be here for 24 hours". Train conductor: "In a place like this that could be a lifetime!".
Russell Collins (to Spencer Tracy): "Important? It's the first time the streamliner has stopped here in four years".
Tracy (to Ernest Borgnine): "You're not only wrong - you're wrong at the top of your voice!".
Dean Jagger (to Tracy): "This ain't no information bureau".
John Ericson (to Tracy): "If you're in such a hurry you should have never got off here". Tracy: "I'm inclined to agree with you".
A brilliant and satisfying film expertly directed by John Sturges who later went on to make other classics including "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral", "The Magnificent Seven" and "The Great Escape".
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The first American film to strike out at anti-Japanese racism, this excellent drama makes all of it's points stick; by--like "High Noon"--using the conventions of a thriller to punctuate issues of social conscience. Never stooping to preach, "Bad Day at Black Rock" succeeds due to the high degree of integrity in every department. What could have been absurd pretentious morass is spared, largely due to the professionalism of John Sturges, displaying all the directorial virtues of craftsmanship, economy, and self-effacement. To Millard Kaufmann's terse script also belongs much credit; providing character-driven suspense, strongly drawn personalities, pithy dialogue, and knowing social comment. Not a mere, simple who-dunnit, the airtight scenario develops handsomely, with many new problems, issues, and angles. [In fact, the "guilty town" motif, cliche of so many later westerns, traces its origins to "Bad Day at Black Rock!"] Sinew is put on this skeleton by the superb cast: Spencer Tracy at his usual brilliant standard; the much underrated Robert Ryan providing an equally forceful prescence; Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Walter Brennan, and Dean Jagger all chipping in with solid support. The final brushstrokes are provided by William C. Mellor's striking color cinematography. A highly recommended, intelligent classic of suspense!
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This is a fantastic, compact little drama about mistrust and murder, set in a dusty little whistle stop in the west. The title makes it sound like a western, and I, being a fan of westerns, picked it up as a result at the local video store. It's kind of a western in a sense, only it's set 60 years after the cowboys. The plot is divided neatly in half: the first part deals with the townspeople trying to figure out the secret of the one-armed man (played brilliantly by Spencer Tracy) who has just arrived in their town; the second half with the one-armed man trying to figure out the secret of the town, and once he finds out, the conflict that follows. Brilliantly directed by John Sturges (of Great Escape fame, a film which is much inferior to this lesser known movie) with great performances by almost all the cast, and a great script to boot. This is 50s Hollywood filmmaking at its finest. The only complaint that I have is that MGM only has this available in the pan-and-scan format on VHS, which cuts off more than half of the wide Cinemascope format's screen. This film is meant to be seen in a theater, with an ultra-wide screen, but the second best thing would be to watch this in enhanced widescreen on a widescreen TV. It just doesn't do it justice to watch it in this format! It was directed, like Lawrence of Arabia, to make the best use of the aspect ratio. So I certainly hope MGM gets the point and releases it on DVD in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs. (also, Turner Classic Movies occasionally shows it in widescreen as well.) But in the meantime, suffer through the poor quality and watch this gem on VHS.
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