Bad Day At Black Rock
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Classic story of prejudice has powerful performances.
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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.
- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Rotten: An action film for people who don't like action films.
- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Friday, March 27, 2009
Fresh: Superb, if it weren't, as we said, for the too-obvious liberal teachings that interrupt the terrific ation.
- Enrique Fernandez, Miami Herald, Thursday, February 17, 2005
The cast really puts this over, story is nothing that hasn't been done before but the acting and cinemascope make it involving.
- jjnxn, Thursday, January 24, 2008
Bad Day at Black Rock starts off pretty slow and Spencer Tracy apparently playing what seems to be his typical regular schmoe/great guy roles he was famous for around this point in his career--minus his left arm of course. But once the movie unfolds (getting past Robert Ryan playing his archetypal shithead he was also famous for, not to mention the general claustrophobia of the movie) and Tracy eventually starts peeling away and beats the shit out of Ernest Borgnine (with ONE arm no less) Bad Day at Black Rock lets loose. Damn fine stuff once it gets going.
- mjgildea, Tuesday, February 19, 2008
A tough hard-edged and suspenseful drama with a powerhouse cast lead by Spencer Tracy in a superlative Oscar nominated performance as John J. Macreedy a World War II veteran with a crippled left arm, who comes to the tiny California desert town of Black Rock, one very hot summer day in 1945. Macreedy wants to find a Japanese farmer and give to him the medal won by son, who saved his life and was killed in action.
- Dannyrovira, Wednesday, June 2, 2010