Bad Day at Black Rock
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"John Sturges's macho B-picture is more brawn than brains...but what brawn!"
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Nicely put together by Sturges, its suspense derives largely from the excellent performances and imaginative use of the 'Scope frame by cameraman William C Mellor."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"I think it's really great the way it addresses the way small communities and isolated communities close in on themselves to protect ugliness."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Serves as a moralizing Hollywood lecture on racial prejudice against Japanese-Americans during World War II."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Millard Kaufman's dialogue at times sticks to the roof of the mouth, but Sturges' visual construction is minute"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"An action film for people who don't like action films."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Superb, if it weren't, as we said, for the too-obvious liberal teachings that interrupt the terrific ation."
‑ Enrique Fernandez, Miami Herald
"This was an early CinemaScope film, and William Mellor frames it all beautifully. It's an outstanding thriller."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"Fabulous 1955 Spencer Tracy story of prejudice."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A nerve-shredding masterpiece."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Considerable excitement is whipped up in this suspense drama, and fans who go for tight action will find it entirely satisfactory."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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
"Famous suspense film, with a history lesson and Civil Rights message."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"a portrait of American distrust leading into the potent paranoia of the Cold War"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"Tracy is at his subdued, thoughtful best, while Ryan perfectly conveys the ignorance behind racial prejudice and Borgnine and Marvin are memorable heavies."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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