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Johnny Guitar (1954)

Not Rated | | Drama, Western | 23 August 1954 (USA)
After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.

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Complete credited cast:
... Vienna
... Johnny 'Guitar' Logan
... Emma Small
... Dancin' Kid
... John McIvers
... Turkey Ralston
... Bart Lonergan
... Old Tom
... Corey
... Marshal Williams
... Eddie
... Mr. Andrews
... Pete
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Storyline

Vienna has built a saloon outside of town, and she hopes to build her own town once the railroad is put through, but the townsfolk want her gone. When four men hold up a stagecoach and kill a man the town officials, led by Emma Small, come to the saloon to grab four of Vienna's friends, the Dancin' Kid and his men. Vienna stands strong against them, and is aided by the presence of an old acquaintance of hers, Johnny Guitar, who is not what he seems. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Gun-Queen of the Arizona Frontier ! . . . and her kind of men !!! See more »

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Drama | Western

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23 August 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Johnny Guitar - Gejagt, gehaßt, gefürchtet  »

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Gross USA:

$2,500,000, 31 December 1954
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Trucolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Nicholas Ray was quite unhappy during the filming and later admitted, "Quite a few times, I would have to stop the car and vomit before I got to work in the morning." And his unpleasant memories of the production were only reinforced by the mostly negative reviews the film received from American critics when it opened. See more »

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After the bank robbery, Vienna and Johnny Guitar are riding along in a buggy drawn by a single horse. While the horse sounds like it is only trotting along, the scenery rushing past the buggy makes it appear the buggy is going at highway speed. See more »

Quotes

Vienna: I intend to be buried here - in the 20th century!
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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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Old Joe Clark
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Traditional
Played on the guitar by Sterling Hayden (dubbed)
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From humble Republic, a remarkable western.

When Johnny Guitar opened in Brazil probably in 1955, it was released through a big chain of movie theaters and I remember it being quite successful at the box office, no doubt also helped by the song that was a huge hit. Except for a few critics, most people took it just as a good western with no second thoughts. But there was more to it, "as François Truffaut wrote in his review when it was first shown in France "Never trust in appearances. Beauty and profundity are not always found in the "obvious" traditional places; a Trucolor Western from humble Republic can throb with the passion of "l'amour fou" or whisper with an evening delicacy."" (from "The Western" by Phil Hardy, page232). Seeing it recently I was impressed with the fast pace of the film, the great dialogs, the unusual settings, the incredibly strong presence of Joan Crawford, the hysterical character played by Mercedes McCambridge. Nicholas Ray was a creative director and his great achievement in this film was to take the story seriously, and not try to make a satire.


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