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Hang 'Em High (1968)

M  -  Crime | Thriller | Western  -  3 August 1968 (USA)
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When an innocent man barely survives a lynching, he returns as a lawman determined to bring the vigilantes to justice.

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A band of vigilantes catch Jed Cooper and, incorrectly believing him guilty of cattle rustling and murder, hang him and leave him for dead. But he doesn't die. He returns to his former profession of lawman to hunt down his lynchers and bring them to justice. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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judge | marshal | vigilante | murder | rustling | See more »

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Eastwood is Judge, Jury and Executioner! See more »


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3 August 1968 (USA)  »

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Hirttäkää heidät  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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First of three cinema movies that actor Pat Hingle has made with Clint Eastwood. The pictures are [in order] Hang 'Em High (1968), The Gauntlet (1977) and Sudden Impact (1983). Each picture was made in a different decade, one in the 60s, one in the 70s and one in the 80s. The pair also collaborated on an episode of Rawhide (1959) [See: Rawhide: The Book (1965)]. Coincidentally, in both Hang 'Em High (1968) and Sudden Impact (1983), both films feature Eastwood as a tough guy lawman who borderlines on vigilantism and Hingle as his superior who has a heavy disdain for the way he does things. See more »

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When Jed is being bought breakfast in bed, the shadow of one of the camera crew's head is visible. See more »

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[first lines]
[to a calf]
Jed Cooper: I'm gonna have to carry ya, huh?
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Shall We Gather at the River?
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Perhaps Under-appreciated?
15 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this to be a pretty solid western, not one you hear a lot about but a fast- moving film which means it entertains. It doesn't dawdle on any one particular scene.

There is a good cast in this Clint Eastwood-starred movie. Pat Hingle did an outstanding job as the too gung-ho judge but isn't all bad and has an interesting explanation of the situation he was in near the end of the film.

Overall, this a gritty story with Eastwood in his customary revenge-minded role, although he mellows somewhat by the end of the film. I also appreciated all the good facial closeups in here. As with most westerns, the movie is nicely photographed.

This movie had a odd combination of being really raw in parts but yet thoughtful. I think it's a very underrated, under-appreciated western.


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