Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) was a Drama - Mystery Film directed by John Sturges and produced by Dore Schary and Herman Hoffman.
Academy Awards 1955 --- Ceremony Number 28 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Spencer Tracy||Nominated|
|Best Director||John Sturges||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Millard Kaufman||Nominated|
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955): Spencer Tracy and Small-Town BigotryBy 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 10, 2019 From 4 Star Films
In its theatrical cut, Bad Day at Black Rock opens furiously, charging forward with the momentum of a freight train as the credits roll and Andre Previn’s score thrashes in the film’s most manic moment. From thenceforward, its greatest strength is restraint. The whole town cowers around ... Read full article
Warner Archive Blu-ray: Spencer Tracy Fights a Whole Town in Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)By KC on Feb 15, 2017 From Classic Movies
Bad Day at Black Rock opens with a startling long shot of a train shooting through the desert like an angry centipede. There is a feeling of recklessness to the image, as if the hurtling Streamliner could go off the rails from the aggression of its momentum. From that first jarring moment, there is ... Read full article
New on Blu Ray: Bad Day at Black RockBy Amanda Garrett on Jan 27, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films
Today, I'm reviewing Warner Archive's new Blu ray release of Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), starring Spencer Tracy. Here's what you need to know about Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), which was just released on Blu ray by the good folks at Warner Archive. The Director: John Sturges. The... Read full article
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)By Beatrice on Feb 12, 2016 From Flickers in Time
Bad Day at Black Rock Directed by John Sturges Written by Millard Kaufman and Don McGuire based on a story by Howard Breslin 1955/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Repeat viewing/Netflix rental #287 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Reno Smith: He was a Jap, wasn’t he? This is an excellen... Read full article
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 7, 2014 From 4 Star Films
Starring Spencer Tracy and Robert Ryan with Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Dean Jagger, and Anne Francis, the whole story takes place in an isolated desert town. Tracy as the one-armed man Macready comes to the town and soon is face to face with many cold, detached, and suspicious folks. He has his ow... Read full article
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John J. Macreedy: I don't care anything about Black Rock. Only it just seems to me that there aren't many towns like this in America. But... one town like it is enough. And because I think something kind of bad happened here, Miss Wirth, something I can't quite seem to find a handle to.
Liz Wirth: You don't know what you're talking about.
John J. Macreedy: Well, I know this much. The rule of law has left here, and the guerrillas have taken over.
Second Train Conductor: What's all the excitement? What happened?
John J. Macreedy: A shooting.
Second Train Conductor: Thought it was something. First time the streamliner's stopped here in four years.
John J. Macreedy: Second time.
John J. Macreedy: Your friend's a very... argumentative fellow.
Reno Smith: Sort of unpredictable, too. Got a temper like a rattlesnake.
Coley Trimble: That's me all over. I'm half horse, half alligator. You mess with me and I'll kick a lung outta' ya'
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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 10 seconds
MGM's then president Nicholas Schenck was actively opposed to the film as he felt the storyline was subversive.
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