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      Bad Day at Black Rock

      Released Jan 7, 1955 1h 21m Crime Drama List
      97% Tomatometer 35 Reviews 87% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings When John J. Macreedy (Spencer Tracy), a one-armed war veteran, arrives in the small desert town of Black Rock, he's not greeted warmly. Searching for a man named Komoko, Macreedy is met with disdain by virtually every local, including the resident thug, Hector David (Lee Marvin), and the imposing Reno Smith (Robert Ryan). As Macreedy's investigation deepens, hostility turns to violence -- and to imminent danger for the mysterious and inquisitive stranger. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      David Stratton At the Movies (Australia) This was an early CinemaScope film, and William Mellor frames it all beautifully. It's an outstanding thriller. Mar 4, 2014 Full Review Nell Minow Common Sense Media Fabulous 1955 Spencer Tracy story of prejudice. Rated: 5/5 Sep 23, 2010 Full Review Keith Uhlich Time Out John Sturges's macho B-picture is more brawn than brains...but what brawn! Rated: 4/5 May 19, 2010 Full Review Grant Watson Fiction Machine The first thing that really impresses on the viewer of Black Rock is the unsettling level of menace. Rated: 10/10 Jan 28, 2024 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Few sights in this world are as beautiful as watching rednecks get their comeuppance, and Spencer Tracy’s stubborn vet is determined to take care of business in this tight (81 minutes) thriller. Rated: 3.5/4 Apr 4, 2023 Full Review George N. Fenin Film Culture The skill of some sequences, the mood and symbiosis between man and nature makes this film sometimes superior to High Noon by Fred Zinnemann. Dec 15, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      A.L.Jude P It was a rock-solid piece of work in 50's that still could not achieve in todays standards. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/30/24 Full Review Mary M I am amazed at how good this movie is. I almost didn't watch it as I dismissed it as a 'guy movie', but it is expertly written, filmed and acted. Spencer Tracy and many great character actors are at their best. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/02/24 Full Review Russ Tracy isn't convincing as the one-armed man and Robert Ryan stinks up everything he's in, unless, like "The Longest Day," the cast is so large that he's inconsequential. Plot sucks and even at an hour twenty minutes this drags. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/01/24 Full Review Mitch C Star-studded with a cast of legends. Do yourself a favor. Resist reading about the plot. It's best going in blind, and letting everything unfold. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/29/24 Full Review Franky L This movie stars two of my favorite actors: Earnest and Spencer Tracy. This is a film about prejudice, injustice and the changes in the USA pist WWII. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/25/23 Full Review TWMax65 My parents had the VHS of this at my old home during my childhood and got it from my grandparents. I was always curious to watch it since it looked a little eerie but cool. Most of the movie was decent but the ending with the shoot out and the molotov cocktail made on the fly was probably my favorite part, as well as when one of the bad guys got a fire hose to the face and another one received a beating with one hand/arm. Much of the dialogue was good, however at times I couldn't get past how old the movie was and it's probably not something I'd watch again. It's a moderately good new-western crime drama. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis When John J. Macreedy (Spencer Tracy), a one-armed war veteran, arrives in the small desert town of Black Rock, he's not greeted warmly. Searching for a man named Komoko, Macreedy is met with disdain by virtually every local, including the resident thug, Hector David (Lee Marvin), and the imposing Reno Smith (Robert Ryan). As Macreedy's investigation deepens, hostility turns to violence -- and to imminent danger for the mysterious and inquisitive stranger.
      Director
      John Sturges
      Producer
      Dore Schary
      Screenwriter
      Howard Breslin, Don McGuire, Millard Kaufman
      Distributor
      Criterion Collection, MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      Metro Goldwyn Mayer
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 7, 1955, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 5, 2008
      Runtime
      1h 21m
      Sound Mix
      Mono, Magnetic Stereo 6 Track
      Aspect Ratio
      70mm
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