High Noon

High Noon

DVD - 2002
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This is the classic tale of a lawman who stands alone to defend a town of cowardly citizens against a gang of revenge-seeking criminals. In the greatest showdown in the history of cinema, the lawman stands to lose not only the town but his new wife.

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✅ This cynical story of a marshal who faces a crisis when his whole town lets him down unfolds in real time, which is why you see clocks so often throughout the movie. Indeed, the story is so downbeat that John Wayne turned it down. The marshal finally gets some help at the last moment, from an unexpected quarter. One of the five greatest Westerns ever made. Tex Ritter's rendition of the title song sets things off perfectly.

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1aa
May 29, 2019

Although its a short film, its intense and suspenseful. There is some very good cinematography (mostly of the criminals waiting for the train). The script is rather clunky - its made to progress the plot, and it does so at the expense of the characters and their developments and relationships.

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akirakato
Jan 18, 2018

Directed by Fred Zinnemann in 1952, this American Western depicts the life of a town marshal, who is torn between his sense of duty and love for his new bride.
Then he must face a gang of killers alone.
Unlike other traditional Westerns, this film lacks chases, fights and spectacular scenery.
However, the climactic final scenes appear quite fascinating and satisfying.

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Onewhoissaved
Dec 03, 2017

I've seen this movie a number times of the years but this time I watched the extras where people who actually made the film were interviewed. Very impressive. The film itself is only 85 minutes long and sort of bare bones, no special effects mania like we would see if it were made today. The audience of 1952 is either dead or no longer going to modern westerns because there aren't any westerns. The stupid liberals have ruined Hollywood by insisting that we have to apologize for anything that occurred in the past. High Noon in effect is too good, too mature for today's teeny bopper crowd. The world is not a better place by trying to homogenize human relationships. Take good look around you and tell me that you want more of what you see from Hollywood.

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gingin1972
Dec 23, 2016

Average western kind of long draw out before noon train!

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hoacornell
Jun 01, 2014

A film classic with one of the best showdowns of one man against as band of bandits. Gary Cooper is sensational as the lawman who won't turn his back on protecting the town, no matter how bad the odds are. Great film with Gary Cooper in his most famous role!

LadySugar Jan 13, 2014

This movie started off not making sense (at least to me) It was the first western film i watched. But then the story was creative and I ended up liking it. I really enjoyed the climax of the film, it was very engaing. Incredible movie that i would watch again

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forever_ice17
Sep 02, 2013

A tense and suspense filled movie. I like the use of the clock shots to heighten the tension. It was really neat that the length of the movie was the same as the amount of time that passes in the story.

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jimg2000
Feb 10, 2013

Puzzling start with a marriage between an old man Gary Cooper (51 and looked it) and an all too young twenty one year old Grace Kelly. Beyond that, the message on honor, courage and human failure is good; but the climatic gun fight was clearly unreal and easily could be done better. (May be I have been spoiled after watching Cooper at his prime in "for whom the bell tolls")

EuSei Jan 08, 2013

I love this movie. I even bought the USPS stamp "book" with Cooper's gorgeous face in them. (On the side there was a picture of him dressed as the sheriff with his signature at the bottom, a gem!) Also, Kelly's perfect face and queenly demeanor are always a breath of fresh air (with some “L’Air du Temps" thrown in for god measure!), especially with so many over-sexed, vulgar female leads nowadays! I have to quote what someone else wrote before me, that so eloquently explains this movie (and basically sums up what my husband once said): “Being brave is not a matter of NOT being afraid, it's BEING afraid, and doing what you have to do anyway!” Ditto!

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Monolith
May 27, 2012

Will Kane: "...Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be like you, Mart. You've been a lawman all your life." Martin Howe: "Yeah, yeah - all my life. It's a great life. You risk your skin catchin' killers, and the juries turn 'em loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If you're honest, you're poor your whole life... and in the end, you wind up dyin' all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothin'. For a tin star."

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Monolith
May 27, 2012

Martin Howe: "People gotta talk themselves into law and order before they do anything about it. Maybe because down deep, they don't care. They just don't care."

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