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Bad Day at Black Rock

Bad Day at Black Rock

Spencer Tracy
Director: John Sturges Cast: Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
, Robert Ryan
Robert Ryan
, Anne Francis
Anne Francis
John Sturges


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This powerfully tense, fast-paced suspense drama also yields a grim social message about racial prejudice. Spencer Tracy is John J. MacReedy, a one-armed stranger who comes to the tiny town of Black Rock one hot summer day in 1945, the first time the train has stopped there in years. He looks for both a hotel room and a local Japanese farmer named Komoko, but his inquiries are greeted at first with open hostility, then with blunt threats and harassment, and finally with escalating violence. MacReedy soon realizes that he will not be allowed to leave Black Rock; town boss Reno Smith (Robert Ryan), who had Komoko killed because of his hatred of the Japanese, has also marked MacReedy for death. MacReedy must battle town thugs, a treacherous local woman (Anne Francis), and finally Smith himself to stay alive. The entire cast is flawless, especially Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin as the mean-spirited town bullies, and the relentlessly paced action never eclipses the film's sobering themes.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/17/2017
UPC: 0888574446161
Original Release: 1955
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:21:00
Sales rank: 16,198

Special Features

Commentary by Film Historian Dana Polan; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy John J. Macreedy
Robert Ryan Reno Smith
Anne Francis Liz Wirth
Dean Jagger Tim Horn
Walter Brennan Doc Velie
Ernest Borgnine Coley Trimble
John Ericson Pete Wirth
Lee Marvin Hector David
Russell Collins Mr. Hastings
Walter Sande Sam

Technical Credits
John Sturges Director
Malcolm Brown Art Director
Joel Freeman Asst. Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Howard Hoffman Producer
Millard Kaufman Screenwriter
Newell P. Kimlin Editor
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Don McGuire Screenwriter
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
André Previn Score Composer
Dore Schary Producer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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