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Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) [import]

Spencer Tracy , Robert Ryan , John Sturges    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Dean Jagger
  • Directors: John Sturges
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Language: English, French, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RB5Y40
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,067 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Import from The Netherlands. Summary: A one handed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss it ! 5 Dec 2002
By Irena
Format:VHS Tape
Spencer Tracy plays one-armed officer in retirement who comes to a little town
Black Rock after the Second World war.Tracy is going to find out what happened
to the his friend's father - japanese emigrant who lived in Black Rock.
He soon understands that he is quite unwellcome and even in danger.
But of course nothing will stop him ... . The story takes your attention
from the first minutes till the final scene of the film. Spencer Tracy
is simple and GREATE, this is one of his best roles, and supporting actors are
also excellent. Kathrine Hepburn remembers in her book "ME" that she was deeply
impressed by Spencer Tracy's work in this film - how natural , simple and convincing
he is. "Bad Day at Black Rock" is one of the films that will never be outdated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars His finest hour 27 July 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Spencer Tracy's best film, playing the one-armed stranger. The supporting cast of Robert Ryan, Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine are utterly convincing. You can almost smell their fear as they strive to bully - then kill - the unwelcome intruder.
For me, Robert Ryan steals the film. His performance oozes a guilt which he strives to justify with speech after speech of nauseating jingoism. He proves true the phrase: 'Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel'.
Borgnine and Marvin play standard goons but with a genuine gusto.
Even the lesser rôles are filled with character. Note Tracy's drab but hilarious conversation with the unnamed canteen owner: 'We got chilli with beans and chilli without beans'...'Hmm. What if you don't like chilli?'...'Well, that's what they made ketchup for.' Pure poetry. Shakespeare couldn't better that.
Great stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sturges Finest Hour. 20 April 2009
By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This film represents the finest hour for that Hollywood veteran director John Sturges. It is far superior to his "The Magnificent Seven" which relied heavily on uniquely skilled, one dimensional, stereo type characters. A film that had such an influence on that demented period of the Italian Western. This film is a very superior contemporary western that has elements of the film noir. Made over fifty years ago it does not look contemporary now, but is still a very handsome film to look at, and has a wonderful fifties feel to it that would be hard to replicate now.

Spencer Tracy plays a one armed second world war veteran on a mission to find the Japanese/American Father of the war hero who died saving his life during the Italian campaign, and to hand him his sons medal. He stops at the small one horse town of Black Rock in the desert but finds that the Father has mysteriously disappeared. He is met with open hostility by most of the townsfolk, especially in the form of Robert Ryan and his menacing henchman. But slowly due to dogged persistence he begins to uncover the grim truth. Tracy heads to an inevitable showdown with Ryan and his thugs.

The film boasts a very fine ensemble cast with possibly the best team of heavies to have ever graced the screen. Robert Ryan was always excellent as a villain. I recall him being especially good in "The Naked Spur". Ernest Borgnine provides another classic example of his pot bellied bully and Lee Marvin exudes menace with his mere presence. Sterling support is provided by Walter Brennan as a sympathetic Doctor and Dean Jagger as the drunken town marshall who turns a blind eye. All worth the admission fee alone.

The film has been compared with "High Noon" with its inherent liberal sentiments.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Western Film Noir. 20 April 2009
By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This film represents the finest hour for that Hollywood veteran director John Sturges. It is far superior to his "The Magnificent Seven" which relied heavily on uniquely skilled, one dimensional, stereo type characters. A film that had such an influence on that demented period of the Italian Western. This film is a fascinating contemporary western that has elements of the film noir. Made over fifty years ago it does not look contemporary now, but is still a very handsome film to look at, and has a wonderful fifties feel to it that would be hard to replicate now.

Spencer Tracy plays a one armed second world war veteran on a mission to find the Japanese/American Father of the war hero who died saving his life during the Italian campaign, and to hand him his sons medal. He stops at the small one horse town of Black Rock in the desert but finds that the Father has mysteriously disappeared. He is met with open hostility by most of the townsfolk especially in the form of Robert Ryan and his menacing henchman. But slowly due to dogged persistence he begins to uncover the grim truth. Tracy heads to an inevitable showdown with Ryan and his thugs.

The film boasts a very fine ensemble cast with possibly the best team of heavies to have ever graced the screen. Robert Ryan was always excellent as a villain. I recall him being especially good in "The Naked Spur". Ernest Borgnine provides another classic example of his pot bellied bully and Lee Marvin exudes menace with his mere presence. Sterling support is provided by Walter Brennan as a sympathetic Doctor and Dean Jagger as the drunken town marshall who turns a blind eye. All worth the admission fee alone.

The film has been compared with "High Noon" with its inherent liberal sentiments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When Movie Making Was Still an Art Form!
Spencer Tracy at his best in a pot boiling thriller with a host of other stars such as Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin and Walter Brennan. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gerard Diver
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good modern western thriller i am not a fan of ...
A Good modern western thriller i am not a fan of spencer tracy, but the part seemed to be made for him. Read more
Published 1 month ago by EDDIE LOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Day At Black Rock
This is a timeless drama served with the ethos of a classic western. Totally undateable by genre or technology. It could just as easily be about to be made next year. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Terry W painter
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
What a story, so many excellent actors in one movie, each and all excellent . This movie I can watch over and over again
Published 4 months ago by sid
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping.
One armed man takes on the local mob. Spencer at his best. Robert Ryan is as menacing as usual. Lee Marvin slouches around like no other.
Published 5 months ago by Ned
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Spencer Tracy film
Both Tracy and Robert Ryan are excellent in creating fear and tension in this film. Great script and very unusual story line worth watching and especially owning.
Published 8 months ago by Juan Carlos Mateo
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD - Bad Day at Black Rock
This one's a bit of an unknown classic. A great period piece with some stunning locations and a great slow burner of a plot. Buy one!
Published 9 months ago by Gary Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Day at Black Rock
I enjoyed this film very much. Despite being made in 1954 when there were no special effects as there are today, the film was full of tension and excitment.
Published 10 months ago by Miss Kizzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Spencer Tracey.
They don't often come like him anymore.
Best for me he looks like my Dad - (1900 - 1973) even his clothes and hat which makes me watch this over and over.
Published 18 months ago by T 103
4.0 out of 5 stars A Novel Take On The Western
As the long train pulls into the desolate outpost of Black Rock at the start of John Sturges' 1955 film, I am reminded of the opening sequence in Sergio Leone's classic Once Upon A... Read more
Published on 27 July 2012 by Keith M
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