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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate U
Cast
Joan Crawford
Sterling Hayden
Mercedes McCambridge
Scott Brady
Ernest Borgnine
Directors
Nicholas Ray
Screenwriters
Philip Yordan
Running Time
110 minutes

Johnny Guitar
Bizarre western, especially beloved by the gay community. And Martin Scorsese.


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Plot
Gunslinger Johnny Guitar (Hayden) does his darndest to protect casino boss Vienna (Crawford) from the bitter jealousies of the ruthless Emma Small (McCambridge).


Verdict
It has been called Freudian, feminist, operatic, high camp and plain bizarre. Best of all, the film acts as a vigorous indictment of the McCarthy witch-hunts; as a lynch mob rides after Crawford while McCambridge bullies witnesses into false confessions.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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