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High Noon (1952)

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lee Van Cleef was originally hired to play Deputy Harvey Pell. However, producer Stanley Kramer decided that his nose was too "hooked", which made him look like a villain, and told him to get it fixed. Van Cleef refused, and Lloyd Bridges got the part. Van Cleef was given the smaller role of gunman Jack Colby, one of the Miller gang. See more »

Goofs

When Mr and Mrs Kane start leaving in the beginning they appear to travel a substantial distance away from the town, but when they get back the clock shows only 10 minutes have passed. This would be virtually impossible for a horse-cart ride. See more »

Quotes

Joe: I've got no use for Kane, but he's got guts.
Bar Patron: You're mighty broadminded, Joe.
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Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(ca 1856) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
Sung by the parishioners in church
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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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