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
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The film was part of a package that included Roy Chanslor, a former journalist turned screenwriter, who wrote the screenplay especially for Joan Crawford. At the time, Republic was considered the most prestigious of the minor studios and Nicholas Ray's contract with them gave him a great deal of creative freedom despite the film's modest budget. One of the first things he did was hire Philip Yordan for a complete rewrite of the script. Yordan later said, "He collaborated with me less on the dramatic than the architectural level, creating settings like the saloon, working on the geometrical relationships between places." See more »
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 »
You all think she's some fine lady and that doing nothing makes you fine gentlemen. Well she ain't! And you're not!
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The English language, as it was originally conceived, never included the words needed to describe "Johnny Guitar". Is is a perfect film? I think...well, shucks, for what it is, it just might be. Let me justify that claim. Sterling Hayden as the title Mr. Guitar is the perfect actor for the role. You know he's meaning to be taken seriously, but for some reason, you just quite can't. This film is a lot like him, that way. It can't be taken 100% seriously, and yet you can't just brush it off as a parody, satire or farce. It's in the third direction that stories take on, where epic characters and caricatures inhabit the same space, play off each other, and nobody quite knows how they all ended up together in the same script. It has to be seen to believed, but it will never be understood. Enjoy, and when you're done, please, explain it for the rest of us.
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