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Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

Bad Day at Black Rock
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Spencer Tracy Spencer Tracy
John J. Macreedy
Robert Ryan Robert Ryan
Reno Smith
Anne Francis Anne Francis
Liz Wirth
Dean Jagger Dean Jagger
Tim Horn
Walter Brennan Walter Brennan
Doc Velie
John Ericson John Ericson
Pete Wirth
Ernest Borgnine Ernest Borgnine
Coley Trimble
Lee Marvin Lee Marvin
Hector David

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Millard Kaufman Millard Kaufman
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Don McGuire Don McGuire


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"Bad Day at Black Rock" is a riveting suspense thriller with several memorable performances from a first rate cast. Spencer Tracy (in one of his best roles) excels as John J. MacReedy who is in Black Rock to take a medal to the father of one of his wartime colleagues now that the war is over. He encounters unexpected resentment and hostility from some of the residents, in particular from Robert Ry... read more
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Description: It's 1945, a couple of weeks after the official end of the war. For the first time in four years, the streamliner stops in the small American western desert town of Black Rock, and off the train steps John J. Macreedy. Wearing a suit, he's a middle aged man with a lame left arm who has never been to Black Rock. Without even knowing who he is or what his story is, the townsfolk are suspicious of Macreedy. They learn that he is only in town for 24 hours when the streamliner will pick him up the next day to take him to Los Angeles, where he will "restart" his life. His trip to Black Rock is to speak to a Japanese-American ... (more)
Release date: 15 May 1955
UPC: 012569690226
Tags: Western (10), Drama (9), Train (8), 1950s (8), 1955 (7), Thriller (7), Chase (6), Secret (6), Murder (5), Sheriff (4), Usa (3), Japanese American (3), Stranger (3), 300 Greatest Films (3), Quest (3), Cult Favorite (2), Brawl (2), Town (2), Karate (2), Western Town (2)
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"July 7 "Man, they look woebegone and far away." "Oh, I'll only be here twenty-four hours." "In a place like this, it could be a lifetime." This was a pretty fun movie. It's an entertaining suspense type film with a great performance from Spencer Tracy. Didn't quite cross the line of greatness for me, but I still really enjoyed it and I'd probably add it to my DVD collection someday. "

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