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Bad Day at Black Rock

John Sturges / US, 1954 / 81 min.

Western and film noir? John Sturges proves it can be done. WOII veteran John J. Macreedy investigates a mysterious disappearance in a small, suspicious, anti-communist Arizona town. With Spencer Tracey, Lee Marvin and Anne Francis.

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Black Rock, Arizona. The western town under the desert sun is startled when John J. Macreedy (Spencer Tracey) gets off the train. The one-armed World War Two veteran is looking for Komoko, the father of a fallen comrade of Japanese-American heritage. Macreedy wants to present him with the medal of honour the army posthumously awarded to his son.

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Bad Day at Black Rock


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Rain-drenched streets, curls of cigarette smoke, and men with a dark past. An inescapable fate and a femme fatale, sly and sexually independent. This summer Eye is presenting an extended programme of classic film noir, featuring masterpieces such as The Third Man and In a Lonely Place starring Humphrey Bogart. With vintage 35mm prints and newly restored works.

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