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Bad Day at Black Rock

Street Date:
January 17th, 2017
Movie Release Year:
MPAA Rating:
Warner Archive
82 Minutes
Release Country
United States
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Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan


John Sturges

Plot Synopsis:

Folks in Black Rock have their own way of welcoming mysterious, one-armed stranger John J. Macreedy. He's welcome to leave. Or they'll make sure he leaves in a pine box. Two-time Academy Award(r) winner* Spencer Tracy (a 1955 Best Actor Oscar(r) nominee for this film) plays World War II veteran Macreedy, who keeps his own counsel about why he's come to Black Rock and who keeps his wits about him when confronted with threats and violence. Director John Sturges (The Great Escape) ramps up the tension while revealing Macreedy's mission and the town's grim secret. Robert Ryan, Walter Brennan, Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin are among the town's thugs and lap dogs. "I'm half horse, half alligator," one says. They'll find Macreedy is even tougher stuff. This timeless classic makes exceptional use of the then-new CinemaScope screen, set to a pulsating musical score by the great Andre Previn.


  • Audio Commentary Track by film historian Dana Polan
  • Original Theatrical Trailer