Bad Day At Black Rock
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Oscar-winner Spencer Tracy received his fifth Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a one-armed stranger who arrives at a small Southwestern town shortly after WWII in pursuit of a Japanese farmer. When he discovers that the farmer was killed by local racists, he becomes a target of murder. Nominated for Best Screenplay and directed by the great John Sturges ("The Great Escape", "The Magnificent Seven," "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral"). A splendid cast featuring Tracy, Oscar-nominee Robert Ryan ("Crossfire," "The Wild Bunch") and Oscar-winners Lee Marvin ("Cat Ballou," "The Dirty Dozen"), Ernest Borgnine (TV's "McHale's Navy," "Marty") and Dean Jagger ("High Noon").
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 29
- Fresh: 28
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 8.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Slowly, through a process of guarded discourse, which Director John Sturges has built up by patient, methodical pacing of his almost completely mate cast, an eerie light begins to glimmer.
Fresh: Considerable excitement is whipped up in this suspense drama, and fans who go for tight action will find it entirely satisfactory.
Fresh: Nicely put together by Sturges, its suspense derives largely from the excellent performances and imaginative use of the 'Scope frame by cameraman William C Mellor.
Fresh: A nerve-shredding masterpiece.
Great movie that doesn't get the credit it deserves. My parents forced me to watch this movie the first time, but it has been a favorite of mine ever since. Bad Day at Black Rock addresses the harm that uncontrolled anger can lead us to cause and the shame it can bring.
My wife and I decided to try an old classic and we sure enjoyed this Movie! If you are tired of the lame movies coming out of Hollywood these days, give this a try. You won't regret it. It is a new Favorite for us.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2005
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