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* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Reno crosses it when he guns down his own ally Liz, simply saying that Macreedy coming around meant he could be find out and he had to start with someone.]]


* SelfFulfillingProphecy: The entire conflict of the movie could have been avoided if not for the town residents' paranoia. [[spoiler: Macreedy had nothing to do with anything, he simply wanted to give his friend's father his metal. All Reno and his crew had to do was be polite and tell Macreedy that Komoko passed away several years ago, and his house burnt down in a brushfire some time later, and no one really goes to Adobe Flats which it why his grave marker never got replaced, or say that Komoko moved and didn't keep in touch about where he was going. Macreedy would have been disappointed but none the wiser and taken the next train to LA. By acting like crazy people for no obvious reason and attempting to drive him off, they clued Macreedy in that something was wrong.]]

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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: The entire conflict of the movie could have been avoided if not for the town residents' paranoia. [[spoiler: Macreedy had nothing to do with anything, he simply wanted to give his friend's father his metal. medal. All Reno and his crew had to do was be polite and tell Macreedy that Komoko passed away several years ago, and his house burnt down in a brushfire some time later, and no one really goes to Adobe Flats which it is why his grave marker never got replaced, or say that Komoko moved and didn't keep in touch about where he was going. Macreedy would have been disappointed but none the wiser and taken the next train to LA. By acting like crazy people for no obvious reason and attempting to drive him off, they clued Macreedy in that something was wrong.]]

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* LeaveNoWitnesses: [[spoiler: Reno eventually decides to silence everyone at Black Rock, starting with Liz. Good thing Macreedy stopped him in time.]]


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* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Reno crosses it when he guns down his own ally Liz, simply saying that Macreedy coming around meant he could be find out and he had to start with someone.]]


* FiveBadBand: While he has the whole town under his thumb, Reno's gang generally operates like this.

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* FiveBadBand: FiveManBand: While he has the whole town under his thumb, Reno's gang generally operates like this.


* TheSheriff

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* TheSheriffTheSheriff: Who has become a drunkard because of the dark secret he's involved in.


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* StupidEvil: [[spoiler:The villains would have literally gotten away with murder if they had just been a whole lot less confrontational to Macreedy.]]


* ObviousStuntDouble John Sturges admitted Spencer Tracy’s double during the fight looks nothing like him but says that’s not important - "You stage and cut the scene so that you’re always looking at the other fellow". Tracy wouldn’t take part in fight scenes because he would get too carried away and had knocked teeth out before.

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* ObviousStuntDouble ObviousStuntDouble: John Sturges admitted Spencer Tracy’s double during the fight looks nothing like him but says that’s not important - "You stage and cut the scene so that you’re always looking at the other fellow". Tracy wouldn’t take part in fight scenes because he would get too carried away and had knocked teeth out before.

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: When Spencer Tracy saw the rushes, he thought the fight was preposterous. He didn't believe his character could disable his enemy that quickly and easily until John Sturges showed the footage to a Marine instructor who not only confirmed the effectiveness of the karate method but told Tracy the blow as executed would have killed his opponent in real life.


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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Although the exact location of the title town is never mentioned in the film, Millard Kaufman specified in his screenplay that it was in the desert 156 miles from Phoenix and 211 miles from Los Angeles.

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* ObviousStuntDouble John Sturges admitted Spencer Tracy’s double during the fight looks nothing like him but says that’s not important - "You stage and cut the scene so that you’re always looking at the other fellow". Tracy wouldn’t take part in fight scenes because he would get too carried away and had knocked teeth out before.

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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: The entire conflict of the movie could have been avoided if not for the town residents' paranoia. [[spoiler: Macreedy had nothing to do with anything, he simply wanted to give his friend's father his metal. All Reno and his crew had to do was be polite and tell Macreedy that Komoko passed away several years ago, and his house burnt down in a brushfire some time later, and no one really goes to Adobe Flats which it why his grave marker never got replaced, or say that Komoko moved and didn't keep in touch about where he was going. Macreedy would have been disappointed but none the wiser and taken the next train to LA. By acting like crazy people for no obvious reason and attempting to drive him off, they clued Macreedy in that something was wrong.]]


* ManOnFire: A karmic experience for Reno, being set on fire at Komoko's place.

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* ManOnFire: A karmic experience for Reno, [[spoiler:Reno]], being set on fire at Komoko's place.


* HandicappedBadass: John J. Macreedy.

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* HandicappedBadass: John J. Macreedy.Macreedy, who lost an arm in the war.

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* FiveBadBand: While he has the whole town under his thumb, Reno's gang generally operates like this.
** BigBad: Reno Smith
** TheDragon: Hector David, who makes the most overt threats to Macreedy.
** TheBrute: Coley Trimble, who makes the the most ''physical'' threats to Macreedy [[spoiler: before he finally knocks him out.]]
** DarkChick: [[spoiler: Liz Wirth, who ultimately sides with Reno.]]
** SixthRanger: Pete Wirth, who isn't strong or smart enough to fill any other role


A classic 1955 thriller (with some FilmNoir elements) directed by John Sturges and starring Creator/SpencerTracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Walter Brennan, Creator/ErnestBorgnine, and Creator/LeeMarvin.

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A classic 1955 thriller (with some FilmNoir elements) directed by John Sturges and starring Creator/SpencerTracy, Robert Ryan, Creator/RobertRyan, Anne Francis, Walter Brennan, Creator/ErnestBorgnine, and Creator/LeeMarvin.

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Not to be confused with ''Series/TheATeam'' episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS1E6BlackDayAtBadRock Black Day at Bad Rock]]".


* PosthumousCharacter: Komoko. His fate is unravels bit by bit.

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* PosthumousCharacter: Komoko. His fate is unravels bit by bit.

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