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Bad Day at Black Rock

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Original title
Bad Day at Black Rock
Year
Running time
81 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Millard Kaufman
Music
André Previn
Cinematography
William C. Mellor
Cast
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Producer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Mystery | Racism. 1940s
Synopsis / Plot
One of the first Hollywood films to deal openly with white racism toward Japanese Americans during World War II, this drama directed by 1950s action maestro John Sturges (The Great Escape) stars Spencer Tracy as a one-armed stranger named MacReedy, who arrives in the tiny town of Black Rock on a hot day in 1945. Seeking a hotel room and the whereabouts of an ethnic Japanese farmer named Komoko, MacReedy runs smack into a wall of hostility that escalates into serious threats. In time it becomes apparent that Komoko has been murdered by a local, racist chieftain, Reno Smith (Robert Ryan), who also plans on dispensing with MacReedy. Tracy's hero is forced to fight his way past Smith's goons (among them Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin) and sundry allies (Anne Francis) to keep alive, setting the stage for memorable suspense crisply orchestrated by Sturges.
Awards
1955: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Best Director, Actor (Spencer Tracy), Screenplay
1955: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Film
1955: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1955: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Drama Screenplay
1955: Cannes: Best Actor (Spencer Tracy)
1955: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films
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