An unmissable classic. Deserves more plaudits than it has received.
Bad Day at Black Rock is an absolutely fascinating post-western thriller. A thrilling (and skilfully directed) look at an incorrigibly corrupt town and the lengths its desperate denizens go to in order to preserve a dark secret in the wake of World War 2. Robert Ryan is utterly magnetic as town overseer Reno Smith and support players such as the menacing Lee Marvin as Smith's henchman drip class. This superior, economical thriller is something I regularly revisit, which is saying something.
"I never feel so much myself as when I'm in a hot bath"
- Sylvia Plath