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
Modern western about a one-armed stranger who comes to the tiny town of Black Rock in 1945 in search of a man. Immediately he is harassed by the townsfolk. But why are they so hostile? What dark secret lies at the heart of this seemingly nondescript town? The unsurprising answer was perhaps cutting-edge for 1954, but it's rather overused today. Self important message movie is tense and well acted, however. Oscar nominated for Best Actor, Director and Screenplay.
- hobster1, Saturday, December 6, 2008
The story seems a little bit improbable, but what a great cast. Walter Brennan, for sure, has all the best lines. Definitely not one of Tracy's bigger challenges. Indeed this is one he could have pulled off with one arm tied behind his back.
- binky013, Monday, September 1, 2008