Bad Day at Black Rock | Full Movie

Bad Day at Black Rock
  • UR
  • 1h 21m
  • 1955
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Academy Award winner Spencer Tracy stars as John Macreedy, a World WarII veteran trying to find the father of the man who saved his life in this classic, taut drama about the evils of racial bigotry. Macreedy arrives one hot afternoon in 1945 aboard the first train to stop in Black Rock in three years. His search for a Japanese American farmer--to whose son he owes his life--leads to this small Western town's closely guarded secret ... a racially motivated murder ... and to the local citizens who will kill again to keep their crime hidden.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Variety Staff

Considerable excitement is whipped up in this suspense drama, and fans who go for tight action wil...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Geoff Andrew

Nicely put together by Sturges, its suspense derives largely from the excellent performances and i...

June 21, 2017
Miami Herald
Enrique Fernandez

Superb, if it weren't, as we said, for the too-obvious liberal teachings that interrupt the terrif...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Classic story of prejudice has powerful performances.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is a thriller, with intense scenes including a scary car chase and a scene in which one person is shot and another is killed with a homemade bomb, but the violence is not graphic. This film offers a dark view of how overseas wars affect those on the homefront, and has strong themes of race and prejudice.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Mystery
  • Release Date:October 7, 1955
  • Highest Available for Purchase:SD

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