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JOHNNY GUITAR
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JOHNNY GUITAR

It's impossible to overestimate the greatness of JOHNNY GUITAR, a radical redifinition of Western archetypes that still feels bold and dangerous and downright strange. It's one of the most unlikely movies ever to sneak its way through the studio system, subversive even by today's standards. Joan Crawford stars as a saloon owner battling the local townspeople headed by Emma (Mercedes McCambridge), the local sexually repressed, lynch-happy female rancher out to frame her for a string of robberies. A feminist pop-culture milestone dressed up in spurs and a cowboy hat. (Tommy Swenson)

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