Bad Day at Black Rock Movie Review Summary

Actors: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Bad Day at Black Rock

A mysterious one-armed man in a black hat gets off the train in a tiny, dusty town in 1945. The suspicious town wants to know what he's doing there and won't yield up its racist secrets without a fight. Spencer Tracy is terrific as the stranger; Robert Ryan suitably nasty and tough as the dishonorable opposition backed by Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin. Walter Brennan is a cowed doctor, Anne Francis provides some distaff assistance. Think of this as a noir western, or "High Noon" right after the war, and you have a sense of it.
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Script Analysis of Bad Day at Black Rock

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 80% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Spying & Terrorists    -   Yes The terrorist enemy is...    -   racists/kkk/nazis

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Desert?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets

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