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Bad Day at Black Rock (Sous-titres franais)
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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"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.Read more ›
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".Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Bad Day at Black Rock- a great movie to be shared with family and friends. Spencer Tracey's inspired acting is especially notable in the fight scene. A classic to be treasured.Published on Feb. 25 2014 by Snowbound
I have always liked this film - it's always checked out at the library.The copy you sent was flawless. Thanks a lot.Published on Nov. 1 2013 by Professor Rolf George
This is a movie which doesn't "date" because it deals with archetypal (representing oft-repeated types) characters and situations which resonate in our consciousnesses... Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2004 by Marjorie S. Stewart
I saw this film a couple of times as a kid and never forgot it. It still has the same effect on me. I have a widescreen copy on vhs and recently played it to a friend who is an up... Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003
There is a lot more to this movie than most people give it credit for. First and foremost, we have the opening sequence of a train stopping at a very small town [we see no more... Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2003 by Martin Andrade
Got this movie from the library, thinking it would be a good watch, even though I am not a fan of Spencer Tracy. To be blunt, I felt this film was a real let down. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2003 by Susan
I would just like to say that this film, which in its original format offers close to 50% more image than what the 'modified to fit your screen' vhs tape does that I went out of my... Read morePublished on July 27 2002 by St Ives
Before 'Enter the Dragon' and 'Billy Jack' there was 'Bad Day at Black Rock'. Alledgedly, this movie started the first karate craze in the U.S. Read morePublished on April 16 2001 by Frank Gibbons
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