Bad Day at Black Rock (1955, Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan)

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81 min - Crime, Drama, Western - 7 January 1955
Our rating:

A one-armed man stops at a desolate California town and makes the residents nervous when he starts asking questions about a Japanese farmer who had long- since disappeared. A monumental movie that used the detective story format to analyze the guilt Americans felt for dropping the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

It is also an important indictment of the McCarthy era in which everyone feared the country would become a police state. Oscar-nominated for Best Actor (Spencer Tracy), Director (John Sturges) and Screenplay.

Director:  John Sturges
Producer:  Dore Schary
Composer:  André Previn
Director of Photography:  William C. Mellor


Production Details

Production Companies:  Loew's, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Release Date:  7 January 1955

Running Time:  1 h 21 min

Genres: Crime, Drama, Western

Language:  English

Tagline: They're going to kill you...with no hard feelings!

Budget and Box Office takings where known

Budget:  $1,271,000
Revenue:  $3,788,000