“Bad Day at Black Rock Coffee Shop Scene”

Great scene here from a great movie, loaded with a lot of great actors. Spencer Tracy was great in this movie (Nominated for Best Actor), everyone should rent it. Here’s  a very good description of this classic:

American isolationism has rarely been so caustically handled as it is in John Sturges’s muscular and magnificent Bad Day at Black Rock, an 81-minute sucker-punch of a movie that has not aged a day since its release over a half-century ago. The film, presented in a beautiful new 35 mm Scope print starting this week, was the first to confront Japanese internment and subsequent xenophobia following Pearl Harbor, and it doesn’t gloss over the psychological toll of the era’s ubiquitous distrust. In the town of Black Rock, not a soul wanders without the weight of post-war guilt slung over their shoulders.

Dressed in black and missing an arm from serving in Italy during the war, John J. Macreedy (Spencer Tracy in an Oscar-nominated performance) steps off a train in the sparsely populated town of Black Rock and is seen immediately as a threat by the nine or ten visible occupants of the town. His cordiality doesn’t help things: From the moment he asks for a room to stay in and a hot shower, his every action is met with verbal hostility and imposing physicality from a couple of “cowboys” who roam the town…Read More

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