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High Noon (1952)

 -  Drama | Western  -  30 July 1952 (USA)
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A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him.

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Storyline

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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train | lawman | revenge | wedding | badge | See more »

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Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

30 July 1952 (USA)  »

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High Noon  »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene is visible a posted bill for a production called "Mazeppa". Mazeppa was a literary character (written about by Byron, among others) who was tied to the back of a horse by his townsmen/countrymen; the horse was then whipped and sent out into the country, carrying the helpless Mazeppa with it. In one version of the story, Mazeppa survives, joins his former people's enemies, and returns with them to try to conquer his former town/country. This is somewhat reflected in the situation of Frank Miller--and even, perhaps, of Will Kane himself, who at the outset of the film is hastily sent off by his townsmen in a horse-drawn vehicle--with considerable reluctance on his part, before he decides to return (to little thanks from them). See more »

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Due to weather problems, the climactic crane shot at "high noon" was actually taken at 3pm, thus the shadows are all wrong. See more »

Quotes

Will: I've got to, that's the whole thing.
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Buffalo Gals (Won't You Come Out Tonight)
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Timeless
13 November 2004 | by (Illinois) – See all my reviews

I just watched this movie again. I have no idea how many times I have seen this movie over the span of my 52 years (yes I was born the same year the movie was released). Each time I have seen it, of late, I continue to develop a greater appreciation for it. I normally liked to be lightly entertained by a movie. This movie provides a glimps at so many varied characters, showing such a variety of emotions and complex personal issues. This is no-nonsense, un-contrived, straight forward story telling, at its best. I truly enjoy the restrained use of dialogue. It is amazing how much story is told with so few words, in a limited running time. WOW, I love it.


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