Bad Day at Black Rock
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 7, 1955
DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Keith Uhlich
Time Out

John Sturges's macho B-picture is more brawn than brains...but what brawn!

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

I think it's really great the way it addresses the way small communities and isolated communities close in on themselves to protect ugliness.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

An action film for people who don't like action films.

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Enrique Fernandez
Miami Herald

Superb, if it weren't, as we said, for the too-obvious liberal teachings that interrupt the terrific ation.

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David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

This was an early CinemaScope film, and William Mellor frames it all beautifully. It's an outstanding thriller.

Variety Staff

Considerable excitement is whipped up in this suspense drama, and fans who go for tight action will find it entirely satisfactory.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Famous suspense film, with a history lesson and Civil Rights message.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
A pretty good suspense movie with Tracy, it has it's good moments, but it also has boring moments.
Lanning : )
The story seems a little bit improbable, but what a great cast. Walter Brennan, for sure, has all the best lines. Definitely not one of Tracy's bigger… More
Randy Tippy
Great vehicle for Spencer Tracy that plays on post WWII anti-Japanese sentiment. Terrific cast includes Tracy, Walter Brennan, Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin.
Ken Stachnik
Spencer Tracy as a one armed bad ass
Mark Hobin
Modern western about a one-armed stranger who comes to the tiny town of Black Rock in 1945 in search of a man. Immediately he is harassed by the townsfolk.… More
Michael Gildea
Bad Day at Black Rock starts off pretty slow and Spencer Tracy apparently playing what seems to be his typical regular schmoe/great guy roles he was famous for… More