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|Movie/TV Title:||Bad Day At Black Rock||Director:||John Sturges|
|Region Code:||DVD: 1 (US, Canada...)||Rating:||NR|
|DVD Edition Year:||2005||Release Year:||1954|
|John Sturges's classic, both a tale of grace under pressure and an allegory of McCarthyism, stars Spencer Tracy as John McReedy, a World War II veteran with a crippled arm. His arrival in the tiny southwestern whistle-stop of Black Rock in 1945 evokes fear and suspicion in its few inhabitants; no stranger has appeared in town for four years. When he tries to check into the hotel, he's denied a room. When McReedy insists on going up to one of the rooms, Hector (Lee Marvin), a menacing cowpoke, follows him and tries to bait him into fighting but fails. McReedy's request for information about Komoko, the Japanese farmer he's seeking, is met with silence by the frightened sheriff (Dean Jagger). Town boss Reno Smith (Robert Ryan), who's already having McReedy investigated, feigns hospitality while informing McReedy that Komoko left town long ago. McReedy rents a Jeep and rides out to Komoko's abandoned farm only to find a grave. Since he was surveilled by Coley (Ernest Borgnine), one of Smith's goons, McReedy must deal with the worst when he gets back to Black Rock. One of the best films of the 1950s, the tense, atmospheric story, which is exceptionally well acted by Tracy and an all-star cast of supporting players, garnered an Academy Award nomination for director Sturges.|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||45196046|
|Product Key Features|
|Rating||NR, Not Rated|
|Additional Product Features|
|Leading Role||Spencer Tracy|
|Number of Discs||1|
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A Star Dominated Movie of Suspense
Not a western, this 1955 movie does take place in a small town in the post WW2 Southwest. It starts out strong when a passenger train appears to be headed straight toward us on the screen. Its destination is Black Rock, a town where nothing ever happens, but this time something did. This is a story of racial profiling before this country even knew what racial profiling was all about--not of Arabs nor Mexicans. Stay tuned. Descending on the stool placed by the porter on the concrete next to the train, John Macready (Spencer Tracy) makes a bold entrance. He is not welcome, however. Denied a room at the hotel, denied a cab, he is seen as a suspicious stranger by the townspeople: Sheriff Tim Horn (Dean Jagger), Reno Smith (Robert Ryan), Hector David (Lee Marvin), Liz Wirth (Anne Francis), Pete Wirth (John Ericsson), and Coley Trimble (Ernest Borgnine). And when Macready announces that he wants to see Mr. Komoto in Adobe Flats, Macready's life is jeopardized. This movie tells its story in only 81 minutes. After the 1970s, it would have been only a TV movie. But it poses 3 questions: (1) Why is the mysterious stranger in town? (2) Why are the townspeople acting like this? and (3) What happened to Mr. Komoto? This movie was nominated for 3 Academy Awards: Best Actor (Spencer Tracy), Best Director (John Sturges), and Best Screenplay. It won none. However, Spencer Tracy won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival. Ironically, Ernest Borgnine, in this movie as a bad guy, won the Best Actor Oscar for "Marty," where he is a nice guy. At the end of the movie, the passenger train arrives again. The puzzled conductor announces that this is the first time that the train has stopped at Black Rock. And John Macready replies, "No, it is the second."
Classic Film featuring a Great Cast with a Very Intense Plot
What can you say? Classic, Classic Film!!!! With an exceptional cast, the story still plays as good as it did the first time I saw it as a youngster. Spencer Tracy is cool and calm in an ever intensifying situation. His confident mannerism is actually what helps to undo the villains in this plot. If you've never seen it, it has a great element of drama that will hold your attention. For the movie buff, it's just enjoyable classic cinema. They just don't make like this anymore.