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High Noon (1952)

PG  |   |  Drama, Thriller, 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.



(screenplay), (magazine story "The Tin Star")
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The story of a man who was too proud to run. See more »

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)  »

Also Known As:

A la hora señalada  »

Box Office


$750,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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They only took between 1-3 takes per scene. See more »


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Will: Amy!
Amy: I mean it! If you won't go with me now, I'll be on that train when it leaves here.
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Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
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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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