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  1. Graveyard Poet's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    By far John Sturges' best film. By far Spencer Tracy's best performance. Biting (and darkly comic) dialogue, gritty desert setting, gripping and intense plot. Considered subversive in 1955 because of its expose on the mistreatment of the Japanese during WWII and its protest against McCarthyism, it's still relevant today in its story of racism and xenophobia--issues bitterly worsened due to Trump's tyranny.

  2. mahdis's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

  3. Denis Zordan's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

  4. Alexander Dunkelberger's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    Really enjoyable thriller/noir(kind of)/western hybrid. And besides that a great title.

  5. Babak Geranfar's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    The most distinguished Spencer Tracy role since "Adam`s Rib" with one of the most fascinating stories of Western genre since "StageCoach"

  6. Daniel S.'s rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    **1/2. See it as a 82 minutes allegory of The Hunt theme and enjoy counting the numerous clues left by John Sturges along the road. That's about all there is to say here. Average.

  7. Bilouaustria's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    Sturges builds up slowly but surely the tension and the mystery without much dialogue in this political western. Where it is question of Pearl Harbour and racism. Where it also could well be about senator Mc Carthy. Spencer Tracy, again, rightfully casted here. Love the no-rythm and anti-spectacular aspect of this one.

  8. Diego Carrera's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    One of the most intelligent moments of CinemaScope and an eloquent example of how insightfulness can pop out of the screen through dialogue. And there is Spencer: his sweetness, his bigger-than-the-screen magnificence.

  9. SpacePirate's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    Solid film. This is the Tracey/Ryan show, as the actors do their best to steal scenes from one another. A lot of this film is subversive and about buried secrets. I feel like the TV show LOST took a lot of elements from this movie when initially fleshing out "the others" in S2. I really enjoyed it. Def a 50s film, possibly a slight commentary on the blacklist. 4.5 stars

  10. JonMB's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    This film certainly has a good cast but I felt somewhat disappointed after watching it. I felt like I was watching theater. It felt ... well ... unnatural. The action scenes were not well done and some of the acting was over the top. If it wasn't Sturges with this cast I would have taken this one for a low budget film. Sturges directed some great films. This was not one of them. I expected more. Average.

  11. Aardsy's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    Revenge is a dish best served by old men.

  12. Vincent T's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    The annoying music and the lame dialogues sure got this down.

  13. Richard Punch's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    You're not only wrong. You're wrong at the top of your voice.

  14. A47's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    You keep quiet long enough, and they'll talk.

  15. Wee Hunk's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    3 words. Spencer Tracy at his finest!

  16. http://letterboxd.com/James_'s rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    in a word, lame. it's the old HIGH NOON plot but with better personnel. dialogue strains for didacticism but just fizzles and spurts. the whole movie is just A + B + C = "cinema of quality" — also, yet another film where Robert Ryan's unique capacity for psychological complexity is mostly squandered on a rote villain. Sturges' direction is sturdy tho. eh, extra half-star for an odd little gag with a fire hose.

  17. Federico Di Folco's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    Fantastico.In novanta minuti scarsi Sturges opera un'analisi cruda e spietata del cuore nero dell'America,fatto di xenofobia e razzismo.Un originalissimo western-noir,con una magnifica cittadina in cui tutti danno l'idea di essere colpevoli o innocenti,con sempre qualcosa da nascondere;è bellissimo il modo in cui gestisce lo sviluppo della storia,sino alla chiusura finale. Western di altissimo livello.

  18. Ghostman's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    A true blue All-American Classic.

  19. mike edwards's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    Fantastic film. Not seen for a long time but it's all round quality sticks in my memory.. looking forward to watching!

  20. Lysistrata's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    What a opening scene. It's very compatible with wide screen

  21. Aimee's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    anyone who doesn't think Spencer Tracy is a BAMF needs to see this film.

  22. Paul Jazz's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    Still stands tall alongside many 'tough guy' movies even today (albeit with less blood or swearing). Great performances by Tracy, Ryan and Marvin, lovely panoramic photography - the low level group shots in the street are brilliant. The sense of foreboding and tension is pretty convincing too. One of my fave 'noir/westerns'

  23. Lee Arter's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

  24. Stephen Campbell's rating of the film Bad Day at Black Rock

    What a cast this really is ther true definition of classic movie making

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