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Johnny Guitar (1954)



Critic Consensus: Johnny Guitar confidently strides through genre conventions, emerging with a brilliant statement that transcends its period setting -- and left an indelible mark.

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Strong-willed saloon-casino owner Vienna squares off against her nemesis, the shrieking Emma Small, who wrongly blames Vienna for her brother's death.

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Sterling Hayden
as Johnny Guitar
Scott Brady
as Dancin' Kid, Dancin'Kid
Ward Bond
as John McIvers
Ben Cooper
as Turkey Ralston
Ernest Borgnine
as Bart Lonergan
Frank Ferguson
as Marshal Williams
Paul Fix
as Eddie
Rhys Williams
as Mr. Andrews
Sumner Williams
as Posse Member
Sheb Wooley
as Posse Member
Denver Pyle
as Posse Member
Clem Harvey
as Posse Member
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Critic Reviews for Johnny Guitar

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (14)

Ray's film is a western, but it is also an amplified melodrama, with a rich seam of deviant psychology just waiting to be disinterred from its dusty surface. Its time has come.

September 20, 2021 | Full Review…

A cheap Western from Republic Pictures, yes. And also one of the boldest and most stylized films of its time, quirky, political, twisted.

January 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Unforgettably strange and brilliant.

May 5, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A movie for anyone who's ever been judged on their appearance, their outlook or the way they choose to live.

May 3, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's not just Joan's campiness -- her line readings take on an almost incantatory quality -- but the way the whole thing feels like a stealth therapy session for smart actors trapped in horse-opera stereotypes.

November 13, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A slyly radical psychosexual oddity busting through genre conventions, beyond its Old West Arizona setting ...

November 10, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Johnny Guitar

The first 45 minutes are perfect, with impeccable performances (Crawford at her best) and an exceptional dialogue, but then the film starts to lose steam and drag in a few moments, while Vienna's peaceful (passive, that would be) motivations become a bit exasperating.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

It's quite a weird western with Joan Crawford filling the John Wayne shoes, glossy romantic scenes which could be thrown into a Douglas Sirk film and all painted with dramatic red strokes - from the sunsets, to a dramatic fire to Crawford's iconic lips. And it all ends in a rootin' tootin' gun shooting between its two female leads - a sort of Western version of a women's catfight. Peppered with great dialogue and a performance by Mercedes McCambridge which leaves no doubt why she was chosen to play the demon in "The Exorcist", there's little not to love.

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

Super Reviewer


I hate westerns, so I rated it lower because of that, but it is a different kind of western than normal. The story is sort of boring, but the characters aren't is another way of putting it. Anyway, it's interesting.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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