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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)  »

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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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There was some question as to the casting of Gary Cooper, since he was 50 and Grace Kelly, playing his wife, was only 21. See more »

Goofs

Although the 37-star flag suggests the setting date is within the 1867-1876 frame, the date on the large boarding house at the end of the street as Amy and Helen are taking the buckboard out of town is "1888". See more »

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Will: [initially leaving town] This is crazy, I don't even have any guns.
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Buffalo Gals (Won't You Come Out Tonight)
(1844) (uncredited)
Written by William Cool White
Played offscreen on piano in the saloon
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The definitive western movie
31 January 1999 | by (New Hope, Alabama USA) – See all my reviews

This is the definitive Western. There are other excellent Westerns of course ("The Unforgiven," "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid," "The Searchers," "My Darling Clementine," and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" come immediately to mind), but none tops this one. Even though the difference in age between Gary Cooper and Grace Kelley makes the thought of their marriage seem a little kinky, it's easy to buy into the story. Katy Jurado is sexy, Lloyd Bridges is callow, and the townspeople mean well, but when push comes to shove, they reveal their cowardice. (If you remember the scene in "Blazing Saddles" in which Van Johnson says, "Howard Johnson is right," you'll almost certainly laugh at an inappropriate moment in "High Noon." ) "High Noon" is a textbook example of the storyteller's art. The drama begins with the opening credits and doesn't let up until everyone's true character has been laid bare. This one is suspenseful and thrilling, and I find more to admire with every viewing.


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