LD133 - Bad Day at Black Rock

LD133 - Bad Day at Black Rock

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Is it a western/film noir mash-up, a subtly coded red scare-era warning, or a a heart-on-its-sleeve anti-racism morality tale? It definitely has a little of each, but is there enough of any to give Spencer Tracy’s oddly elderly WWII veteran a big enough stage to convince a desert town with a shameful secret to inspire a nation to live up to its principles? Not if Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine, and Lee Marvin have anything to do with it. If you’d l...
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Is it a western/film noir mash-up, a subtly coded red scare-era warning, or a a heart-on-its-sleeve anti-racism morality tale? It definitely has a little of each, but is there enough of any to give Spencer Tracy’s oddly elderly WWII veteran a big enough stage to convince a desert town with a shameful secret to inspire a nation to live up to its principles? Not if Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine, and Lee Marvin have anything to do with it. If you’d l...
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