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Less is more,
This review is from: Bad Day at Black Rock [DVD] (DVD)
Almost from the first moment, the underlying tension and prospect of violence is palpable. A stranger (Spencer Tracy) gets off the train to find the father of his world war II Japanese-American `comrade in arms'. The war has ended. The stranger's war wound becomes significant. The sneering reactions from the male townsfolk suggest hostility towards the Japanese because of the attack on Pearl Harbour. The central protagonist in the town (a suitably sinister Robert Ryan) does his best to thwart the stranger's search for his friend's father. Violence does erupt. It is understated; pure in execution and result. The film moves to a suitable climax. As with `A History of Violence', less is more! Modern film makers might heed the lesson!
Author of The Early Years.
P.S. Amazon's title for this film review is wrong. Robert Wagner is not in this movie. It is Robert Ryan!