Bad Day at Black Rock

Synopsis: From the time John J. Macreedy steps off the train in Black Rock, he feels a chill from the local residents. The town is only a speck on the map and few if any strangers ever come to the place. Macreedy himself is tight-lipped about the purpose of his trip and he finds that the hotel refuses him a room, the local garage refuses to rent him a car and the sheriff is a useless drunkard. It's apparent that the locals have something to hide but when he finally tells them that he is there to speak to a Japanese-American farmer named Kamoko, he touches a nerve so sensitive that he will spend the next 24 hours fighting for his life.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): John Sturges
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
81 min

Like what? A pistol?

A stick of TNT, so he can blow up

the whole mangy, miserable town?

Why are you so interested, Sam?

If I was that interested...

I'd ask him.

Hey, wait a minute.

Got any cigarettes?

How long you staying?

Where? In my new room? I'm staying.

I mean, in the hotel.

Twenty-four hours, why?

Just asking.

Why? Are you gonna have a convention?

I was just asking.

- Where can I get a car?

- I don't know.

Let's put it this way.

Supposing I had a car

and I wanted some gas.

- Where would I go?

- But you don't have a car.

You might try that garage

down at the end of the street.

Thank you.

Here we go again.

This is all I know about him, Mr. Smith.

Sit down, Coley.

- I was only...

- Sit down.

Real cool guy.

Doesn't push easy, huh?

Well, that's it. That's just it.

He pushes too easy.

- Maybe we ought...

- What do you want, Doc?

Nothing. I was just wondering

what all you people are worrying about.

Not that I have the slightest idea.

You wonder too much

and you talk too much.

It's a bad parlay, Doc.

I hold no truck with silence.

I've got nothing to hide.

- What are you trying to say?

- Nothing, man.

You worry about the stranger only

if you look at him from a certain aspect.

How do you look at him, Doc?

With the innocence of a fresh-laid egg.

Keep it up, Doc. Make bad jokes. Be funny.

Someday I'll have Coley

wash your mouth out with lye.

I called the Circle T.

He ain't got business there

if they don't know him. Right, Mr. Smith?

Send a wire to Nick Gandi in Los Angeles.

Tell him to find out everything he can

about John J. Macreedy.

- What was that?

- Nick Gandi, Los Angeles.

Tell him I wanna know fast.

- Sign my name.

- Who was that?

Nick Gandi.

G-A-N-D-I. Blake Hotel.

You get the rest of it?

- Yes, sir.

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Millard Kaufman

Millard Kaufman (March 12, 1917 – March 14, 2009) was an American screenwriter and novelist. His works include the Academy Award-nominated Bad Day at Black Rock (1955). He was also one of the creators of Mr. Magoo. more…

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