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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for High Noon can be found here.
High Noon is based on the short story The Tin Star by American author, John W. Cunningham [1915-2002]. It appeared in Colliers Magazine in 1947. The story was adapted for the screen by American screenwriter and film producer, Carl Foreman. According to documentaries on the Ultimate Collector's Edition DVD, Foreman wrote the script before reading the story, but when he saw the similarities to The Tin Star, he had the studio buy the rights to it, just in case he had somehow read it and forgot about it.
There are several, e.g., Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948), in which two men throw a party for a guest that they have just murdered. At another real-time dinner party, six guests attempt to solve a murder in Clue (1985). 12 Angry Men (1957) focuses on a jury's deliberations in a capital murder case. In The Set-Up (1949) an over-the-hill boxer is set-up to take a dive, while in Nick of Time (1995), a man must choose between killing the governor in 90 minutes or having his daughter killed. In Phone Booth (2002), a man is trapped in a phone booth with a rifle laser aimed at him. Two ex-lovers stroll the streets of Paris talking about their past in Before Sunset (2004). United 93 (2006) recounts the events aboard doomed flight United 93, the fourth terrorist attack plane on September 11, 2001, and in 16 Blocks (2006), a detective must walk a convict from a jail to the courthouse 16 blocks away. In the dreamlike Russkiy kovcheg (Russian Ark) (2002), a French diplomat guides the audience through the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia.
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