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Bad Day at Black Rock by Thomas
June 6, 2014, 1:16 am
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Aging veteran Spencer Tracy comes to a podunk town to find a missing buddy from his WWII days. The twist: his buddy is Japanese. (Another twist would be that Tracy is a one-armed karate master!) This is a visually striking film, one of the first shot in wide screen “CinemaScope” format. It’s also a wonderful thriller, on par with Hitchcock even.  As with John Sturges’s more famous movies, like The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape, this is mostly long shots and menacing dialogue for the first two thirds, which only adds to the thrill of the final confrontation.  A strong Worth Watching.

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Bad Day at Black Rock

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Thanks. A favourite film of mine. ST wonderful and facing impressive heavies! Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox.

Comment by Thom Hickey

Thanks for your comment Thom, yes this is a great movie! If you are interested, I recommend checking out John Sturges’ commentary track, which is packed with insight and humor. (PT Anderson apparently said he learned everything he knows from it.) Here’s a link: http://criterioncommentaries.com/post/41751689702/bad-day-at-black-rock-criterion-laserdisc

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