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High Noon (1952)

Marshal Will Kane, personally compelled to face his returning enemy Frank Miller, finds that his fellow townspeople refuse to help him.

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On the day he gets married and hangs up his badge, lawman Will Kane is told that a man he sent to prison years before, Frank Miller, is returning on the noon train to exact his revenge. Having initially decided to leave with his new spouse, Will decides he must go back and face Miller. However, when he seeks the help of the townspeople he has protected for so long, they turn their backs on him. It seems Kane may have to face Miller alone, as well as the rest of Miller's gang, who are waiting for him at the station... Written by Man_With_No_Name_126

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Rated PG for some western violence, and smoking | See all certifications »

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30 July 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A la hora señalada  »

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Budget:

$730,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character played by Gary Cooper was originally named Will Doane. The name was changed to Will Kane because co-star Katy Jurado had difficulty pronouncing the name Will Doane. See more »

Goofs

In the church scene, a young girl is still in the church next to her mother after all the children have been "dismissed"; in the very next shot she is not there. See more »

Quotes

Martin: You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them 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 dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star.
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Referenced in The Magnificent Seven (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

High Noon
Ballad
by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Tex Ritter
Played often in the score
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I don't get it
1 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am puzzled; how can anyone rate this as less than a 10? Can anyone find a single flaw in this movie? Any way it could have been better? This is the gold standard by which Westerns should be measured, not to mention any drama. It simply doesn't get any better than this.

As film, High Noon does an exceptional job of giving depth to characters quickly. The situation defines their character. Katy Jurado' role is one of the exceptions, where there is more talking, but we see unfold an exceptionally interesting person.

How many movies can you watch repeatedly over the years as you grow up and grow old that continue to move you and continue to reveal new depth and meaning? That is the measure of art.

This movie is timeless, and has a lesson for humanity of all eras and all nationalities. It will be watched a hundred years from now, a thousand years from now, if civilization survives that long. The message of this film is that this is not at all certain. It is up to us.

I suspect the reason some people down-rate High Noon is not for the quality of the film, but the message. Like John Wayne, they just don't like what it says about America.

Well I've got bad news for you, John, the Frank Millers have killed the sheriff and now run this country. The gang has gotten elected president and vice president. And the townspeople and ministers acquiesced like sheep or even actively supported it as "good for business."


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